RING THE BELL – July 10, 2017

It’s Monday and you know what that means, get your shoes on and let’s go for a nice long walk. How about 4.6 miles?

I decided to cut through Krueger Woods named after the Krueger family that owned it and their farm. It’s a heavily wooded little forest right in the town of Coupeville. Here’s a Google Map with the woods outlined in red.

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Here’s a tiny bit of the trail. It is so peaceful and quite in there you feel like you’re in a secluded area in the mountains.

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Krueger Woods Sign

Out on the Coupeville Wharf I spotted a new whale wood carving and bell. It is very well done and looks out over Penn Cove where whales have been spotted. If you see a whale, “Ring The Bell”!

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Whale Sign

And finally, this tiny “speck” on the horizon caught my eye. I zoomed in as far as my camera could zoom and captured this sailboat out on the high seas. I wonder where they were off to so early in the morning.

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I hope the week ahead is good for you and we can get in a few nice walks before it’s over.

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.

FOG BANKS – February 16, 2016

After a whole bunch of rain I finally got out for a little walk this morning. My back is still hurting so I’m just taking it ease. I only walked down to the wharf and back.

It was a very cloudy morning so the lighting wasn’t great but I found the low hanging fog banks around Penn Cove rather interesting.

Here’s the Coupeville Wharf as I was heading that way. I like the low hanging clouds behind it.

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From the wharf I looked west and noticed a big fog bank hanging over the muscle farm. You can see the muscle processor boat all lit up harvesting today’s catch, yum!

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Looking east across Penn Cove you can see the clouds hugging the Cascade Mountain Range.

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This photo has nothing to do with fog banks but I just like it. This juvenile seagull is almost done losing it’s gray baby feathers and becoming the beautiful white that the adults exhibit.

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As always I hope you enjoyed our walk today. It wasn’t very far but as always there’s something interesting to see around my wee town.

FOGGY WHARF – September 4, 2015

I was surprised by the fog this morning. When I left the house it was partly cloudy but a couple of miles into my walk the fog rolled in. That made for some interesting photos. My brother Ron always says, “If it’s foggy take foggy photos.” so I did.

Here’s the Coupeville Wharf from the bluff to the southwest.

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I walked out on the wharf and spotted this Kingfisher. They are hard to get a good photo because they are very skittish. I think I finally got a good one.

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My old friend Frank the heron was on his favorite post. I liked the contrast between him and the foggy sailboat.

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Earlier in my walk I spotted these fish “swimming” in front of the Pacific NorthWest Art School, very colorful.

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Here’s the full display.

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I hope you had a good week and now onward to Labor Day Weekend. I hope you have a fun holiday.

Dipping Lug For Sale – August 21, 2015

I’ve decided to sell my sailboat and would like to ask your help in getting the word out. I’ve posted it on Craigs List but I thought my blog might reach a few more. So please share this blog with your friends.

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FOR SALE: 1989 Freya “Dipping Lug”, “Three In One”, Classic Sailboat.

This fourteen foot classic “dipping lug” sailboat is also a row boat and motorboat.

It’s designed after the lobster boats of New England back in the 1800’s. The “dipping lug” design allowed the fishermen to avoid the hazards of a boom knocking them overboard while dealing with the lobster traps. The “dipping lug” design went away when the outboard motor was invented in the late 1800’s.

This beautiful boat was a special order from Freya Boat Works by a Freya sailing yacht owner who wanted an nice little tender for his yacht. To the best of my knowledge it is the only one that Freya ever made. The workmanship is the same as you will find on classic Freya Yacht’s built in the 1980’s and 90’s.

As a “dipping lug” sailboat it uses lea boards for stability as opposed to a keel or centerboard. It has a larger rudder and tiller arm. All the lines are new. The sail is brown and in perfect condition. It is a different sailing experience that is really a lot of fun and it certainly gets lots of interesting looks out on the water.

As a rowboat the wooden oars are very long and copied after the “Square” or “Standard” blade style oars for sport rowing around the mid 1800’s.

As a motorboat it has a 1992 eight horsepower Evinrude outboard that runs great on this boat.

The lapstrake hull is Western Cedar. The rails, floor grates, transom and other wooden parts are a combination of Mahogany Western Cedar and Teak. The mast and lug are Sitka Spruce, and the lea boards, rudder and tiller are mahogany.

The boat is on a Calkins trailer that is in excellent shape.

It comes with a new “Classic Accessories” boat cover for protection.

This boat is comparable to the Gig Harbor “Main Lobster Boats” that sells for almost $12,000.

If you’re looking for a classic boat that is a lot of fun come check it out.

Own this very unique and one of a kind sailboat for just $3,750

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Thank you my friends. I’ll expect you back walking with me next week 🙂

A REFLECTIVE MORNING – June 1, 2015

Happy June! It’s hard to believe that this year is almost half over already, wow, where do they go?

This morning I found a beautiful sky and lots of reflections. I took so many photos it was hard to pair them down to these few. I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed taking them.

First stop, “Sunrise Over Penn Cove”.

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Here’s another looking across Penn Cove taken from the Coupeville Wharf.

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I generally prefer to take landscape photos, as in horizontal photos, but now and then the shot just needs to stand tall, like this sailboat.

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These two old buildings along Front Street required a portrait shot as well. The building on the left is Aqua Gifts and on the right Knead & Feed.

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And yet another reflection of the Coupeville historic district. I just can’t seem to get enough of these.

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That starts what could be a rainy week ahead and like everyone we could use some rain. Have a great week and month and thanks for walking with me.

EAGLE AND SAILBOAT – May 29, 2015

Sorry for the hiatus but I’ve been working really hard getting our house ready for painting. Who knew that taking things like shutters and other things off the house could take so much time. Also I wanted to pressure wash all the decks and cement areas before they paint so I’ve been working all day, every day, this week.

But this morning I did manage to get out for a little walk before I hit it again. On the way to the Coupeville Wharf I spotted this beautiful eagle sitting on a post by our boat launch at the end of our street.

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I tried to get a little closer but unfortunately scared it away.

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Walking out on the wharf this sailboat caught my eye with the rather dramatic sky behind it. As you can see there’s wasn’t much of sunrise today.

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And now an update on Toby’s Tavern restoration.

They have the upper parts of the building done with new boards and paint. Next I believe they will  be adding the eve, bringing it back to the way it looked in 1900.

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I like the corbels they added along the top.

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Stay tuned, there’s more to come. But now it’s time to get on with your weekend. Thanks for walking with me today!