INDEPENDENCE DAY – July 4, 2017

Happy Birthday America! 241 Years and counting. Today would be a good day to read the Deceleration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States of America, after all that’s what it’s all about.

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Today’s walk will be 4.6 miles at a brisk pace, I hope you can keep up. We’re going out to Ebey’s Prairie for the first time in quite a while, but first.

I spotted a new mailbox and thought I’d share it. I believe whoever owns it must be a fisherman or perhaps a fisher-woman.

Fish Mailbox

There’s a lot going on this time of year as planting and harvesting is well underway on the prairie. This is one time I wish I was able to share the smell of this fresh cut alfalfa hay. It took me right back to Nebraska where I spent my youth. The Olympic Mountains are in the background. They’ve lost a lot of snow since winter.

Alfalfa Hay

I’ve taken pictures of the rusty farm equipment at Sherman’s farm before and now here’s another one. I love white roses and rust!

White Roses and Farm Equipment

And I spotted another young “White Deer”. This one still has some of the darker hair but it will be all white once it’s fully grown.

White Deer

Thanks for walking with me and I hope you have a fun and safe Fourth of July.

COLD MOUNTAINS – January 4, 2017

It was a really chilly walk this morning at 24 degrees F. But I bundled up and went for it.

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I showed you Mt. Baker at first light yesterday but I walked a little later today and caught it with more light. They sure do have a bunch of snow up there, 156″ so far this season. It also looks like the wind is really howling at the top!

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The Olympic Mountains are also showing a lot of snow with the morning sun on them. Some of Sherman’s Pioneer Farm is in the foreground.

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And my curiosity shot of the day is a water main leak. Can you imagine the workman’s surprise when they tried to dig down to the water pipe and ran into that rock? I wonder if they’ll leave that rock there or move it?

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So that wraps up Hump Day. I hope you have a great day and as always, thanks for walking with me.

WASH OUT – January 22, 2016

I got in a nice “half” walk this morning. It was a balmy 52 degrees F but very cloudy when I left home. I had checked radar and we had our “Weather Hole” that’s caused by the rain shadow of the Olympic Mountains.

Weather Hole

I got half way across Ebey Prairie heading for Ebey’s Landing and heard a wild ruckus. It was a huge flock of ducks flying around and landing on a pond in a field. I grabbed my camera and managed to get a photo of it. It’s not great because it was still fairly dark out but you get the idea.

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Shortly after that the skies opened up and I turned around and headed for home. Sadly I had not taken my rain gear so by the time I got home I was soaked to the bone.

About a half mile from home the rain stopped and by the time I got home the sun was out, crazy weather.

Along the way I saw this cormorant  sitting on a mooring buoy looking like he owns the whole ocean.

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As I starting to dry out I spotted this gorgeous rainbow over my wee village. This place truly is a pot of gold!

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With that we out of the way we can get on with the weekend. I hope you have a wonderful one and will walk again with me next week.

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2016 – January 1, 2016

Happy New Year everyone! I almost mistyped the date above. I guess I have something new to get used to.

It’s still really cold out but I thought I’d start out the new year right with a nice 4.5 mile walk around Ebey Prairie. It was a beautiful clear morning and The Olympics were absolutely stellar in the chilly morning light. I put this panorama together but to get the full impact you’ll have to click on it for a much larger view.

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I was going to cut through Kruger Woods on this trail that is really fun to walk because it goes through the dense woods. Fortunately I didn’t go that way as this is what it looked like on the other side of the woods.

The weather right now is fantastic but this reminds us that we had the second wettest fall in history.

I guess I could have brought my ice skates 😉

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And on a local note some good news. Frontier Lumber is opening a store in little ol’ Coupeville, woot!!! Up until now the closest lumber store was in Oak Harbor about fifteen miles away. This is right across the street from the high school gym in the old Pro Lumber store. They are opening on Monday the 4th. I’ll be there to cheer them on.

Frontier-Lumber

I hope you have a wonderful year and I’ll do the same. As always, “Thanks for walking with me!”

BARNS AND NOBLE MOUNTAINS – April 4, 2015

Welcome to April, now go fool someone 🙂

This morning we walked four miles, I hope you didn’t get too tired. I think you’ll enjoy what we saw though.

The skies to the southwest had a more colorful sunrise than looking east so I took advantage of that, along with the fact that the Olympic Mountains had a dusting of new snow. I hope you like my “Barns and Noble Mountains” photos. These are three different barns out on the Ebey Prairie. All the fields are so green a pretty now, it’s an absolutely beautiful place to walk.

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Along the way I just couldn’t resist the cutest sign of spring I saw anywhere. Welcome to the world little guy or gal!

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As always, thanks for walking with me and hopefully we can get in a few more walks this week.

FOGGY BARNS – February 24, 2015

This morning’s walk took me on a loop out to the Ebey Prairie and back through Coupeville. It was another beautiful morning but there was some tule fog on the prairie that made for a couple of nice photos.

This first one is of the Sherman’s Pioneer Farm barns with a layer of tule fog down low, or is that “On the down low?” 😉

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Not far from there I captured this farmhouse with the Olympic Mountains standing tall.

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Back in Coupeville I thought I’d share a photo of “town”. The historic center of Coupeville is Front Street which is about two blocks long. This photo is looking up Front Street to the sunrise in the east.

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And that wrapped up our walk for today. I’m not sure what tomorrow will bring as sprinkles are coming back into the forecast. If I do get out for a walk please come join me, I always enjoy your company 🙂

JUST A SLIVER – February 17, 2015

Wow, what a gorgeous morning for a walk. It was a little nippy at only 37 degrees F but no wind. I got out extra early because I could tell that there was going to be some great light during the “golden hour” today.

Along the way and just by chance I spotted the moon. As you can see in this photo it was just a sliver and disappeared shortly after this photo.

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From there it was on onward to the Ebey Prairie. The Olympic Mountains were standing tall in the morning light.

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I’ve taken a number of photos of this old barn but this morning it was just begging me to take another one so I obliged and I’m glad I did.

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Back in Coupeville Mount Baker was also standing tall and looking good in the morning light.

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And then a “rocket ship” caught my eye. While it was probably a passenger jet I’d like to believe that it was a rocket ship on its way to a far and distant planet.

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I hope you enjoyed that little three and a half mile walk, I sure did.