SIGNS – June 4, 2018

Welcome to June! This was the first walk of the month and I almost got rained on. It was sunny when I left the house and 2 1/2 miles later, just as I walked into the house, the skies opened up, whew!

Signs tell us a lot about our communities and Coupeville is no exception. This morning I noticed several new signs. First up we have a new restaurant. It used to be the “Mosquito Fleet Restaurant”, then it changed hands a couple of times and this morning I see that it’s now “The Lower Loft Eatery”. It’s beneath “Whidbey Isle Yarns” and “Far From Normal” on Front Street.

The Lower Loft Eatery

Here’s a better view of it from the Coupeville Wharf. We’ll have to give it a try and report back to you.

Lower Loft 2

Speaking of the wharf, there’s a new sign there as well showing all the interesting things you’ll find out on the wharf. It’s a very popular tourist stop.

Wharf Sign

And there are signs of growth all around town. One example is this lot on Front Street that has been vacant for many years, but that’s about to change. A sign has been posted showing that there is going to be a huge home, with a separate garage that will have an apartment, is to be built on this lot.

Heller St - Front St Lot

Here’s the lot from a Google birds eye view.

Haller - Front Street Lot

And this is what it will look like.

Site Plan

I’ll keep you posted as it progresses. Sometimes these things take a while so be patient.

Thanks  for joining me today and if the rain stays away we may just do this again tomorrow. Have a great week ahead!

FROSTY MORNING – December 6, 2017

WOW! What a beautiful morning. These chilly mornings are providing some incredible light for photography, I love it!

On my short 2.5 mile walk I took 75 photos which I finally edited down to three. I really didn’t want to bore you with the rest. So let’s get started.

Walking down Front Street, along Penn Cove, going into town, I spotted this beautiful yacht with incredible sky and water reflections.

Yacht on Penn Cove

When I got to the Coupeville Wharf I did not walk out and around the building as I usually do, it was way too slick with the frost on the wood deck. Instead I took this nice photo.

Frosty Wharf

Walking up the trail to Coupeville Town Park I looked across Penn Cove to capture this sleepy little community, in the haze, on the other side.

Across Penn Cove Fog

I hope you enjoyed the walk and these photos as much as I did. With any luck I may have some more tomorrow as our clear cool weather continues.

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.

Front Street Looking West Fall Tree-3

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.

icy-front-street

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.

03-02-16-Eroding-Bank

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.

03-02-16-Eroding-Bank-From-Water

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.

03-02-16-Front-Street-Barriers

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”.

03-02-16-Sailboat

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.

03-02-16-Coast-Guard

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.