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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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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FIRST OF MANY

This is the first post of my new Blog about Coupeville, Washington and the surrounding area. During my daily walks around Coupeville, Ebey Reserve and Whidbey Island I take many photos and enjoy sharing the beauty of the area and the stories that go along with this historic area.

I hope you enjoy my photos and comments. I look forward to your comments as well. There are many stories about the area and some are founded and some are not. I would like to keep this blog as accurate as possible so if you have information that corrects the historical statements I make I’d love to hear from you.

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So on that preamble, here goes!

Todays walk from Coupeville to Ebey’s Landing, a 7 1/2 mile round trip from one side of the island to the other. The first thing I noticed was the graffiti around town. Remember, Coupeville is a very small historic town with great respect for the area. So here it is.

Apparently spring has bitten some young fellow prompting him to post a message in the highway overpass walkway. These are Styrofoam cups that people, from time to time, poke into the wire mesh. It must be Prom time as I believe it says “Iris —> Prom I Love U”.

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And then there’s the ‘Message Rock” at the school. It is sort of like a “Tweet” in that it presents a short message and is constantly changing. This morning I guess “Amanda” turned 16.

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If that’s all we have for graffiti I’m a happy guy.

Moving further out on the Prairie I believe I found a gentleman farmer. Back in Nebraska, where I grew up in the 1950’s the farmers would take a roll of toilet paper with them on the tractor or get creative (use your imagination here) when they needed to relieve themselves. This guy has placed a Porta Potty out in the middle of the field. My oh my how times have changed.

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On a lighter note, when I reached Ebey Landing I couldn’t resist looking across Admiralty Inlet to Port Townsend. The Red Arrow is where I was looking.

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Chart Copied From NOAA

Looking across that water you can just make out the Port Wilson lighthouse and Port Townsend with the Olympic Mountains in the background..

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Port Townsend zoomed in.

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Port Wilson Lighthouse zoomed in.

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I sure do like my little Canon SX30IS camera with it’s 30X zoom.

Thanks for sharing my walk, I hope you enjoyed it. See you tomorrow!