FRONT STREET FALL – September 20, 2017

In the previous post I said Coupeville was established in 1953, it should have been 1853, that makes a lot more sense.

Welcome to “Fall” 2017. After the most fantastic summer I can every remember we now transition into fall.

This mornings three mile walk showed me signs of fall on Front Street as well as some nice photographs of it.

It seems like most seaside towns have a street along the water named “Front Street” where the towns commerce first developed.

Coupeville was established in 1853 and over the next forty years grew from Front Street on up the hill. Today Front Street still hosts a lot of commerce, mostly in the form of curio shops, gift shops, clothing stores, restaurants and a tavern. Here’s what it looks like at 6:30 in the morning.

Front Street looking east as seen from the trail going from town to the town park.

Front Street Looking East from Trail

Here it is looking east from ground level.

Front Street Sunrise looking east

And the first sign of fall with the leaves on this maple tree changing colors a little early. This is looking west down Front Street.

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I almost feel like I need to apologize for this next photo but I just couldn’t help myself! Yup, it’s “Frank” again, our resident great blue heron sitting on its favorite lamp post over Penn Cove with the sunrise in the background, enjoy.

Frank Blue Heron at Sunrise from Wharf

Have a great hump day and enjoy the fall season ahead.

 

FOR SALE – July 3, 2017

Welcome to July! It’s the time of year to plug your ears and be safe.

Speaking of safe, here on Whidbey Island we have lots of deer and right now there are many fawns running all over the place. There’s a saying here on the island; ” You will almost hit a deer, you know someone who has hit a deer or you have hit a deer!”

With the in mind it looks like the parents of the fawns are teaching them some good lessons. I spotted this fawn crossing with the light in a crosswalk. Pretty smart if you ask me.

Deer Crossing

The sunrise this morning was very dark and dramatic. So get your shoes on and let’s go!

Sunrise

I know many of you live in my small town through my blogs but if you are thinking about moving here I found some opportunities for you. First up this lovely old Victorian is for sale. It certainly needs some work but could be a real show place. From the pictures in the listing it looks like the interior could be brought back to what it looked like in the late 1800’s.

Victorian House For Sale

Of course if you’re going to live here you’ll need something to do. How about owning and running a garden business. “Sally’s Garden” is for sale. It’s been in business for eighteen years so it’s well established and everything goes with it.

Sally's Garden

Sally's Garden Sale Sign

Or how about starting your own business from scratch. Here’a prime building on historic Front Street. It’s the 1936 Tom Howell’s Barbershop building. It’s a nice space with lots of possibilities.

Tom Howell's Barbershop

And of course the biggest advantage is you’d be able to walk with me around town 🙂 But until then I guess my blog will have to do.

Be safe and come walk with me again tomorrow.

LOVE BIRD’S – June 30, 2017

Two days in a row, how about that?

This morning I’ll take you on a little over three mile walk around Coupeville. It was a foggy morning so it made taking photographs a little tricky but like my brother Ron always says, “On a foggy day take foggy pictures”, so that’s what I did.

First up, “The Wharf”. I liked the way these flowers framed the foggy wharf.

Foggy Wharf with Flowers

Out on the wharf I looked back at the backside of Coupeville’s Front Street, huh?

Front Street From Wharf Fogg

And then I spotted my old friend “Frank” the Great Blue Heron. Here he’s sitting on his favorite pole, flanked by foggy sailboats in the background that are anchored in Penn Cove.

Frank in Fogg with Boats

He was posing so nice I think he wanted a close up so I obliged. Frank’s happy now and I got a great shot.

Frank in Fogg

And finally on the backside of the wharf, on the gas dock, were two Pigeon Guillemont’s kissing! It was a beautiful display of affection as they kissed over and over. Is nature great or what?

Pigeon Guillemont Kiss

That should wrap this week and now onward to what should be the start of the Fourth of July holiday.

Thanks for walking with me and I’ll knock on your door soon so we can do it again.

 

SLIPPERY OBSERVATIONS – February 7, 2017

This morning’s walk was neither rewarding or enjoyable. It was a beautiful morning but only 30 degrees F and the windchill was 26. I bundled up, headed out the door and then realized that the road was frozen and very slippery. It was like walking on a 3.4 mile long ice rink that had hills!

All my concentration went into walking and not falling down instead of enjoying the scenery and taking beautiful photos. Fortunately all that concentration paid off and I never went down.

I did spot one snowman along the way but I’m afraid he’d already lost his head.

snowman

One significant observation I had was that the ADA ramps are a huge hazard. I realize they are great for wheelchairs or for people who can’t go up and down stairs but it’s a whole different story when things are frozen. The gentle slope on this ramp was impassable without slipping and that yellow traction pad was the slickest thing I encountered on the whole walk.

icey-ada-ramp

Another thing that was more of an experience than an observation was walking on roads with tiny shoulders. If I walked out in the road where cars had been driving I could get some pretty good traction but when a car was coming I had to get out of the road and onto the shoulder. That little traverse was pretty tricky without falling down. I could just imagine if I slipped with an oncoming car, oh the horror!

Front Street was no exception. You can see the ice on the road as well as the sidewalks.

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I was very happy to be home safe and sound. I think the next time I run into slippery streets I’ll pass. I hope you didn’t slip and slide on our walk this morning. Hopefully tomorrow will be better!

A SLIPPERY SLOPE – March 2, 2016

Happy March! I’m still trying to figure out what happened to February, my how time flies!

A few weeks ago I mentioned that the bank along Front Street is starting to erode and fall away. Well it’s gotten worse with all the winter high tides and high winds. Here’s a good example of the problem.

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As you can see it’s falling off in big chunks.

Here’s a picture of the same area from the water side. I doesn’t look anywhere near as dramatic but gives you an idea of what’s at stake.

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The Town of Coupeville has added a lot more barriers along the road keeping people off the trail that is near the edge of the bank. In this picture you can see the barriers and at the far end a city worker is marking out the road where then new trail will be. They are going to build a fence next to the road and paint stripes on the road to indicate the path.

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The rest of my walk was uneventful although the sky in this photo looked a little ominous. I think I’ll call this one “Alone on the Sea”.

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As I was leaving the Coupeville Wharf I spotted this U. S. Coast Guard cutter patrolling our little cove. At least I hope that’s all they were doing.

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What I love about our walks is that there is always something different to see. I hope you enjoyed it and I will see you again soon.

OH, OH – February 10, 2016

First off, thank you for all the wonderful well wishes I received on my stupid injury. They are really appreciated and I’m working really hard on getting better by doing “nothing!”, excepting taking some ibuprofen and taking it easy, per Dr. Bob’s orders!

Meanwhile, to paraphrase a famous quote; “Coupeville, we have a problem!” It seems that the bank along Front Street in the Town of Coupeville is falling away and that’s not good.

Monday, during my walk, I noticed these barriers and police tape along Front Street.

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Upon closer inspection I noticed where the bank was eroding away, just to the right of the fence post above.

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Yesterday, on the KOMO News 4 web site, I read, “Erosion threatens Whidbey Island’s historic Coupeville waterfront”, Oh, Oh!

It goes on to say: “

COUPEVILLE, Wash. – A local town that has stood for more than 150 years is now standing closer to the edge of a cliff.

The bluff under Coupeville on Whidbey Island is eroding. A large crack just opened up and prompted the city to put up safety measures.

The fissure opened up a few weeks ago, forcing officials to shut down the nearby sidewalk just a few blocks up from the historic downtown core of Coupeville.

Every year, thousands of tourists visit the town, which was founded in 1852. Several shops in town have stood open for more than 150 years.

But many of the waterfront businesses are now propped up by pylons and don’t have much land to give.

The city is looking at solutions – like a retaining wall, which would be expensive.

But for now, they’re turning to less expensive options, such as limiting truck traffic in the area, which is a relief to homeowners watching the cracks grow.

“We were concerned about the weight on the road because of the big garbage trucks and recycle trucks and propane truck – actually you can feel the vibrations sometimes when they go by,” says one local resident, Mary Young.

Geotechnical experts say the bluff is losing about two inches a year, which adds up to about eight feet over the next 50 years.

That may not sound like a lot, but most buildings have little to lose as it is.

The mayor has even talked about cutting traffic down two or three blocks. And city officials know something will have to be done. But it’s unclear how long that will take and what it will cost.”

This is where the current erosion is:

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It sounds like Coupeville City Council has it work cut out over the next few years. I wonder if our taxes will be going up.

Stay tuned 🙂

NEW LITTLE LIBRARY – February 8, 2016

Happy Monday everyone and welcome to another walk around Coupeville. It was a beautiful morning and a great day to walk.

Down by the entrance to the Coupeville Wharf I spotted a new addition. Back in May of 2014 I took this picture of what I believed to be the last pay phone in Coupeville.

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This morning I noticed that it was gone! Another piece of history bites the dust but…

Look what took it’s place:

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That would be a “Little Free Library”, how cool is that? I think it’s a really good replacement and it looks great!

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The old “Mad Crab” restaurant that was housed in the old 1866 Robertson’s Store building, closed a few years ago and has stood empty ever since. It is one of the oldest buildings on Front Street. It originally had a gable roof but was later replaced by a false front.

It was purchased a couple of years ago and work had begun but was halted due to, what I heard, were some shoreline permitting issues.

This morning I saw that things are finally starting to happen. There is a bunch of big equipment in front of the building.

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They are working to shore up the bank and add a big new deck.

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It also appears that things are starting to happen inside the building.

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It’s going to be a multipurpose building with stores and housing bring new business to Front Street. I can’t wait to see what all will be in there and how it looks. Stay tuned!

Thanks for walking with me today. I hope you have a great week ahead!