PEEK-A-BOO – February 8, 2017

Today was much better than yesterday. It was 34 degrees F when I left and 33 when I got home. It was very overcast and threatening more snow. About half way through the four miles we walked it started “dusting”. By the time I got home…

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Perfect!

While walking along I played “Peek-A-Boo” with Raccoon. He saw me and ran to the culvert to hide.

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Rather than waking on I decided to wait and see what he does. Sure enough he had to come back to the end and take a peek. A really cut little critter hiding that way.

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Over the years I’ve shown you some of the yard art around town. Being somewhat of an “art community” there is quite a bit. Here’s a Dachshund I’d never see before. I really like the bright colors.

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I also noticed something to get really excited about. Coupeville has a number of beautiful old Victorian’s around town that were mostly built and owned by tall ship captains in the mid to late 1800’s. This is one of my very favorites.

This house was owned by Captain Joseph Clapp, built in 1889. It has been going down hill for quite some time but it is on the list to have some work done made possible by Ebey’s Forever Grant. Today I saw a huge pile of cedar shakes for a new roof! It’s going to look so great once that’s done and no more leaks either. (Note the big hole to the left of the chimney)

I don’t envy the roofer that gets the job but someone’s got to do it.

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And that concludes our Hump Day Walk! I hope you enjoyed it and we can do it again real soon.

EBEY LANDING – January 27, 2015

Once again we had heavy overcast which made for grainy photos. I decided to extend my walk and walked to Ebey Landing on the other side of the island. That ended up being around six and a quarter miles.

It really was difficult to get any good photos but the exercise was great! Below are the results of that effort.

You can see from this photo looking east how heavy the clouds were.

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This is looking across Admiralty Inlet to Port Townsend. The white cloud is steam coming from the cardboard factory.

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I zoomed in and was able to capture the Port Townsend lighthouse just as the red beacon flashed.

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In the middle of the prairie I thought this sign with the vegetables and old farm in the background made an interesting photo.

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Of course, as I’m typing this blog, the sun just came out, go figure!

Thanks for walking with me today I really enjoyed it.

FEEL THE POWER

I missed you yesterday but the wind was blowing 25 MPH and it was threatening rain, I’m a woos.

I did have a nice 6 1/2 mile walk around Ebey Prairie this morning. Here’s the Google Map Pedometer map across the Ebey Prairie to Ebey’s Landing and back.

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I hadn’t walked that loop for a while so got some photos from different spots. You’ll understand the title of this blog when you get to the last photo.

But first it looks like they flew the coupe, a long time ago.

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This picture was taken above Ebey’s Landing looking east over Admiralty Inlet.

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This is the beach down at Ebey’s Landing.

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Walking east, up hill from Ebey Landing, I spotted this moss covered tree. When we were kids Dad would tell us that it’s “moldy bear hair”.

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Here’s another “Ebey’s Forever Fund” project. The fund “was created to preserve, protect, and sustain the Reserve’s heritage buildings…” This is a wonderful old barn that is being saved. They put the new roof on over the summer. They still have a long way to go, what a project.

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And finally, did you every wonder how eagle’s got to be so powerful? Well here ya go!

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Thanks for walking along with me we always have a good time 🙂

FOR THE BIRDS

This blog is “for the birds”. During this past week I seemed to noticed a lot of birds and I’ve been working on my skills to capture some of them. You have to understand that birds have a built in sense as to when you are putting the camera to your eye and zooming in preparing to take their picture. Just as you are squeezing the button they take flight. I have a rather large collection of blurred birds taking flight and blank sky with no visible birds.

Below are a collection of birds I did manage to capture this week during my daily walks. I’m not sure what they all are but will make some guesses. If you want a bigger look at these birds you can click on the image to make it larger.

Not sure what these are but I liked the silhouettes, great flappers.

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Osprey?

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Eagles

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Great Blue Heron

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Red Tail Hawk and ?

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So I guess I’m gaining on it. I think I’ll keep working at this and over time I’m sure I’ll have even more and better bird shots.

Thanks for flying with me and have a great weekend.

“WHERE’S WALDO”, a.k.a. KennyB [ME]

I’ve been off line for a couple of days but this morning I’m back. I thought it would be fun to share where all I’ve been lately. First of all a small New England seaside village.

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Moving further west I get into the farmlands of Iowa.

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And Kansas

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Still continuing west I hit the Great Planes and the remnants of the life in the mid 1800’s.

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Traveling across the prairie I come to the Rocky Mountains and a beautiful ski lodge settle in the heavily wooded mountains.

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And finally I arrive at the Beautiful Pacific Ocean.

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The only thing that truly amazing about this trip is all these photos were take around Coupeville and the Ebey Reserve.

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Sometimes I find it hard to believe that I live in such a diverse area compacted into such a small space. I love it, I hope you do to.

FOGGY EBEY

When I woke this morning I saw a beautiful sunrise with the orange/pink sun reflecting off the big puffy clouds. Looks like it will be a nice walk. But by the time I got out the door it started looking like the shore fog might be rolling in. By he time I got out across the prairie Ebey Road looked like this.

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A little further closer to Ebey’s Landing is the Ebey Ferry House. Originally built as Isaac Ebey’s home it later became a hotel. In the mid 1800’s people were ferried to the island from Port Townsend on the Olympic Peninsula and places beyond to Ebey’s Landing. They would stay in the hotel and a stage coach would take them across the prairie to Coupeville. You’ll have to look hard but it’s there.

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At the end of the road is Ebey’s Landing State Park but it’s not very spectacular on a day like this.

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Heading back toward town I swung by the Sunnyside Cemetery. It is named after the Ebey farm that was called “Sunnyside”. All of the old Ebey families are buried here.

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This was my last look back at the prairie as I was heading back to Coupeville.

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Of course back in Coupeville, only two miles away, it was a complete different story. Here’s the wharf as I was coming down the trail from Town Park.

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As you can see by the wispy clouds against the blue sky it’s going to be a great day on the island.

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And finally my photo of the week. A Great Blue Heron against Mt. Baker.

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Have a great weekend and I’ll catch up with you again next week.

MARKER FOUND

As you know I’ve been walking around the Coupeville area and Ebey Prairie for a long time. This morning I came across a marker I’d never seen before. A trail was freshly cut through the grass and weeds to expose the marker. This was along the road near Ebey Landing.

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Before I show you the marker I’ll share a little history of Isaac Ebey. He was born in 1818 and moved to Whidbey Island in 1850. In 1853 he drafted a memorial to Congress asking for the division of the Oregon Territory  for the area lying to the north which he called the Columbia Territory. Congress agreed to the memorial but thought that Columbia might be confused with the District of Columbia and changed it to Washington.

During the Indian War of 1855 – 1856 he served as a Captain of Company 1, First Regiment, Washington Territorial Volunteers. He practiced law and was very influential in the area.

A Haida Indian Chief was killed by American forces at Port Gamble. The Haida raided these waters regularly from their home island 400 miles to the north. They believed in a traditional practice of killing a chief for a chief. On August 11, 1857 Isaac Ebey was shot, scalped and beheaded by the Haida Indians. It’s believed that his head was buried on Smith Island and his scalp went to a Kake village. In 1860 the scalp was purchased and returned to the family where it was buried with Isaac’s body.

So here’s that marker marking the spot of his demise.

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Here’s a picture of Isaac Ebey.

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I saw another sign on the reserve that I hadn’t noticed before. It’s a sign describing the Robert Y. Pratt Memorial Preserve. The Pratt family owned much of Ebey’s Landing for almost a century. Robert Pratt inherited the land in 1939 and kept it preserved as it was in his childhood. He died in 1999 and gave 147 acres of his land to The Nature Conservancy’s preserve at Ebey’s Landing.

Here’s the sign with a map. If you click on it you should be able to read it.

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This sign is at the start of a trail that runs for one mile from Ebey’s Landing to the Sunnyside Cemetery. It passes the Jacob Ebey house and blockhouse. Here’s the trail looking toward the cemetery.

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Back on the other side of the island in Coupeville I took a picture of Tuesday’s “rush hour”. Man I love this town.

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Have a great day 🙂

PRAIRE PANORAMA

This morning’s walk took me out on the Ebey Prairie again and I was struck by the beautiful new growth on the prairie. Apparently all the hard work of the farmers plus the spring showers and sunshine are working well together. Click on the picture to see it in a larger format.

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I noticed that the Tin Family got a new plow handle. I wonder how many of the fields in the panorama he plowed.

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On my way back into town I noticed this old Rainier Beer sign in the Tyee Hotel bar window. Rainier was a huge brewing company in Seattle that ran from 1884 to 1999. I was sold off many times after that an today it’s completely gone. But it was fun to see this neon sign still shining.

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By the way the Tyee Hotel, bar and restaurant has been in Coupeville since 1926.

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Down by the wharf I saw a new sign on the kiosk. It is really interesting because they merged an old photo with a modern photo. I really like the effect. Below is that picture and below that is the picture I took today from the same spot, pretty cool.

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And finally I though I’d share how people leaving Coupeville on Monday morning beats the morning rush, nice.

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As usual, I hope you are enjoying my blog and telling your friends about it, the more the merrier.

ME BRUDDER

Hey everybody my brother Ron and his wife Lolli came for a little visit. The live in Fort Bragg, California and Lolli used to live in Shoreline, WA. She has a cabin at Eldger bay on Camano Island and is up here to celebrate her birthday with her family at the cabin. They managed to squeeze in an all too brief two day visit but was great to see them.

Ron and I walked across the island to Ebey’s Landing and the up and over the Ebey ridge trail. It ended up being around a ten mile walk in the fog. Here’s Ron at the Jacob Ebey blockhouse.

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It’s unfortunate he didn’t get to see the full beauty walking along the ridge trail. This is about all he got to see.

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It’s a three and a half mile loop trail that runs along the ridge and then returns along the sea. Here he’s made it to the bottom of the cliff. His sweatshirt is prefect it says “Fort Bragg Oddities”. It’s not a comment on him but a shirt he designed that’s sold in Fort Bragg and accompanies a travel broacher that shows all the “oddities” toe be seen in Fort Bragg.

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Walking along the beach we discovered a huge sea monster. We were both surprised and had no idea any of these lived around here. It was pretty scary but appeared to be dead.

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Ron commented that while we didn’t get to see a lot of great scenery it did give us an opportunity to get in some great conversation. Walking and talking with your brother is a great way to spend the day.

On the way home I saw this barn that caught my eye in the fog. It also shows what the fog was like for the whole four hour walk.

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The final stop before returning home was the Coupeville Wharf. And wouldn’t you know he got a phone call just as we were leaving the wharf. Fortunately he is not a big phone talker so didn’t look like a teenager for very long.

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Back home we had a nice big brunch to replenish our lost calories and then it was time for them to head home. This is Ron and Lolli on our front porch basking in the sun, finally.

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It was great to see them and we wish Lolli a happy birthday and safe travels to both of them.

EBEY FOREVER

During my morning walks around the Ebey Reserve I’ve been watching this old farmhouse. It was for sale last year and finally sold around the first of this year. I was hoping that the new owners would fix it up because it was really run down. Apparently they were able to get some help from the Ebey Forever Fund that helps people preserve the old farm on the Ebey Prairie.

Here’s the house just as they were getting started on the new roof.

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As you can see it needs a lot of help.

This morning I took these pictures that show a lot of progress, I’m getting excited to see the end result of this restoration.

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As I dug deeper into the history of this house I found that it was built in 1890 by a man named Perkin although I haven’t found any information about the Perkin family yet.

I did find this article about the restoration in the Whidbey Examiner newspaper:

“Projects help sustain that building for future use, for future generations,” Preiss said.

One project already underway is the Perkins House, which was built in 1890 on Ebey Road.

Through new ownership, the house is getting a major makeover to revert it back to its original appearance.

Annie Kidd Matsov, historical architect for the reserve, said the Perkins House had some modifications to windows and doors over the years as well as additions.

Because of the changes over the years, the home no longer contributes to the historical registry.

Once the new owner purchased the home, renovation unearthed some of the original historical integrity.

“It’s like solving mysteries through historical archeology,” Matsov said.

By getting down to the original frame, workers found an original door had been closed up and windows had been modified.

Part of the Ebey’s Forever Fund grant will help restore the original door as well as bring windows back to their original dimensions.

Removing some of the house’s siding revealed the original siding was just covered with new.

Which is good, Matsov said, because it’s been mostly protected over the years.

The grant from Ebey’s Forever Fund will help fund siding restoration and milling, front door replacement and window replacement.

In addition, the owner is replacing the roof with historic style shingles.

During renovations, workers were scraping old drywall from the home and found an old hymnal book from the Coupeville Methodist Church inside.

The book belonged to Virginia Sherman, who lived in the home as a child.

The owner was able to contact Sherman and visit her at her home south of Seattle.

“All of the buildings have their own stories,” Preiss said. “It’s fun to uncover.”

“We’re the benefactors of these stories.”

One reason I found this so interesting is because we live on Perkins Street.

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