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!

SHERMAN’S FARM SUNRISE – January 19, 2016

This morning was another dark, cloudy morning but it looked like it had some possibility to turn into a spectacular sunrise. I rushed out the door and beat feet for Ebey Prairie. My plan was to get to the west ridge of the prairie for the sunrise.

Well I got there in time but the sunrise didn’t get the memo! What I ended up with was a shot across the prairie, Sherman’s Farm and the Cascade Mountains in the background.

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Walking on around to the other side of the farm I thought this photo of one of the barns with what look like hay rakes on the roof was pretty good.

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Earlier in my walk Front Street caught my eye. Even though Christmas is over and all the hoopla of New Years is gone the town is still lit up like a party.

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I keep hoping for more light but will take what I can get. Have a wonderful day and as always; “Thanks for walking with me!”

TIS THE SEASON – December 15, 2015

Well look who’s still here!

I’ve been very busy working on my teardrop trailer and have not been walking. While I’m on my feet a lot each day it’s just not the same so I’m going to try and get in a little more walking and blogging.

I know it’s been too long and I’ve been getting “mail”, if you know what I mean, so here’s a little taste of today’s walk.

My wee town of Coupeville is all done up for Christmas. The business along historic Front Street are all lit up and full of goodies just waiting to go under Christmas trees.

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As you can see it was kind of a dark threatening sky but I managed to stay dry. We have been getting hit with storm after storm for the past few weeks.

The Coupeville Wharf is decorated as well with a snow family guarding the building.

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I’ve been noticing my neighbors old International Harvester truck and it always makes me think of the movie “Cars” and the tow truck “Mater”.

What do you think?

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mater2With that I’ll let you get back to your busy day, I hope it’s a great one! Thanks for walking with me.

 

COUPEVILLE SUNRISE – October 16, 2015

Oh boy I get to wrap up the week with another wonderful sunrise over Coupeville. This one was really interesting as the colors kept changing from flaming orange to pastel pink and blue.

This shot is looking east up Front Street, the old “main drag” of the town.

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My friend “Frank the Heron” was standing tall in this silhouette.

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A little further out on the wharf I caught Frank against the pastel beauty of Mt. Baker.

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And speaking of Mt. Baker, here’s the sloop “Suva” docked at the wharf, again with Mt. Baker in the background.

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What a wonderful way to end the week. I hope you have a fantastic weekend and that you can join me again next week for some more walks around Coupeville and the surrounding area.

THE CONVERSATION – August 13, 2015

What a beautiful morning for a walk, 56 degrees F and a beautiful sunrise. So get your shoes on and lets go!

First stop is right at the top of my street where I spotted this conversation going on. I thought it made a really interesting photograph. I wonder what they are talking about.

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Along the way I spotted this “burning bush”. Well not really but it sure was lit up with the fantastic sunrise.

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From Front Street in Coupeville the sunrise had changed some and was getting very pastel. I really like this one.

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Out on the Coupeville Wharf I looked back at Front Street and captured some of the old buildings with the blazing sun shining on them.

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It looks like we have some rich company from Des Moines, Washington. This is the yacht “Lady Elaine” and boy is she beautiful.

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I hope you enjoyed that walk, I sure did! Have a wonderful day 🙂