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!

POWERFUL SUNRISE – November 7, 2017

I walked out the door this morning into a powerful sunrise. I was afraid it would fizzle by the time I got down to Penn Cove but it lasted a very long time.

So without any delay here ya go!

First up a Great Blue Heron flying over a red Penn Cove. While this is a nice photo it’s too grainy to blown up and print.

Heron Red Sea

Along the way I caught Mt. Baker in the blazing sunrise.

Mt Baker Sunrise

And finally a look over Whidbey Island from the Coupeville boat launch.

Orange Colored Sky

I believe it was well worth the effort to get bundled up and walk a few miles on this chilly morning. Thanks for joining me, your company helps keep me warm!

“THE BIRDS” – October 4, 2017

Another perfect morning for a walk. I only walked two and a half miles but it was at a brisk pace. Speaking of “brisk”, it’s starting to get chilly in the mornings. The last two mornings it’s been 42 degrees F, time for a coat.

Out on the Coupeville Wharf this morning I was reminded of Alfred Hitchcock’s movie “The Birds”. The birds were very active this morning and seemed to be everywhere.

Seagulls on Wharf Roof

As a public service I thought I’d point out another defibrillator location. There’s a new one on the front of the Knead & Feed restaurant. That makes three that I’ve found. One on the west end of Front Street on Collections Boutique building, one south of town at the Prairie Center grocery store and now this one. Coupeville is going to be a great place to have a heart attack ūüėČ

Knead & Feed Defibrillator

I spotted another witch this morning. This one is presented by the Coupeville Garden Club, a great group of people that work very hard to make our little town beautiful. This one is the “Wicked Witch of the Western Weeds”.

Garden Club Witch

Thanks for joining me this morning on my walk, I really like the company.

SPOOKY WOODS – September 27, 2017

This morning’s walk took me to and through Krueger Woods. There was some tule fog around which gave it an eerie feel. This is the trail going into the woods.

Kreuger Woods fog 1

The fog didn’t go into the woods so it wasn’t very spooky but coming out the other side was a little strange.

Kreuger Woods fog 2

All in all it was a nice walk but not very many photo ops. I also got to walk part way with my friend “AltheWalker” who walks ten miles every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Good for him!

Have a great “Hump Day” and thanks for joining me today.

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.

 

LET IT SNOW – February 28, 2017

Welcome to the last day of February. It’s hard to believe that the month is over already.

Unfortunately I will not be walking on this last day because it’s snowing and snowing hard. That’s just not very conducive to a nice “walk and gawk”.

The good news is that I don’t have to be anywhere and it is lovely!

snow

Just a little update on “The Birds” from yesterday’s blog. My friend Carmen wrote that the house on the left actually feeds the seagulls and that’s why they hang out there. I’m just glad she’s not my neighbor!

Have a grand day and then onward to March and some more good walks.

Bird Houses – February 27, 2017

This morning I decided to start the week off with a nice easy three mile walk. As it turns out that was a great decision. It ended up being 3.3 miles and the last three tenths of a mile was in the rain and sleet, it was 35 degrees F!

Along the way I spotted these two “Bird Houses” that seem to have a propensity for attracting seagulls. Of the 3.3 miles I walk these were the only houses with seagulls, I really am curious as to what’s attracting them to that particular location.

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Here’s ¬†a couple of close-ups of the two roofs.

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Out at the high school ball field, along the edge of the Ebey Prairie, I spotted this sign on one of the dugout’s. It sounds like the Coupeville Wolves are really getting serious about winning this year.

dugout

And now I’ll hang up and dry off! Thanks for walking with me and onward to a new week!

DRAMATIC SKIES – February 22, 2017

What better way to start the day than with a nice four mile walk around Coupeville. So get your shoes on and let’s go!

I spotted this boathouse at the bottom of a cliff by¬†Penn Cove. I liked all the nautical stuff they’ve attached to the outside. My camera¬†was zoomed all the way in to get this photo.

boathouse

I’ve taken a number of photos of this old Walnut tree but I thought with the dramatic sky it would make a nice¬†silhouette and it certainly did. Captain Thomas Coupe, the namesake of Coupeville, and his wife Maria lived in the house you can just barely see at the bottom of this photo. Maria planted this walnut tree in the mid 1850’s.

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I don’t do a lot of panorama’s but the dramatic sky this morning was begging for it. This is looking north across Penn Cove.

dramatic-sky-panorama

Thanks for joining me on this beautiful hump day! I hope to walk with you again soon.

NEW ROOF – February 16, 2017

I mentioned a few posts back that the Captain Joseph Clapp house was going to get a new roof. Well it’s finally happening and it’s going to be beautiful as well as protect this beautiful old Victorian home ¬†for many more years.

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The Captain Joseph Clapp house was built in 1886. It’s one of my favorite Victorian, Queen Anne-style, homes. Captain Clapp was a sea captain, as were many of the people who settled in Coupeville. He died in 1940 at the age of 97. He was the last of the original sea captains  who settled here.

To give you a better sense of where this beautiful home is I took this photo from about five blocks away. Imagine how great the view must be from inside the house. It sits right along Penn Cove.

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If you’d like to have a nice little home that sits along Penn Cove I found one for you. It’s¬†on¬†a high bluff right on the water. It’s located on the corner of the Coupeville Town Park. Built in 1867 I believe it was originally two houses put together as one.

It’s 1,534 square feet, has 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 3 fireplaces and is currently the Cliff House¬†B&B. This lovely place can be yours for only $749,000! I’d jump right on it but it doesn’t have a garage or woodshop and I don’t have anywhere near that kind of money. But if you do it’s a lovely place.

cliff-house

And that’s a wrap for Thursday. Thanks for walking with me and if the weather holds we’ll do it again tomorrow.

PEEK-A-BOO – February 8, 2017

Today was much better than yesterday. It was 34 degrees F when I left and 33 when I got home. It was very overcast and threatening more snow. About half way through the four miles we walked it started “dusting”. By the time I got home…

snow

Perfect!

While walking along I played “Peek-A-Boo” with Raccoon. He saw me and ran to the culvert to hide.

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Rather than waking on I decided to wait and see what he does. Sure enough he had to come back to the end and take a peek. A really cut little critter hiding that way.

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Over the years I’ve shown you some of the yard art around town. Being somewhat of an “art community” there is quite a bit. Here’s a Dachshund I’d never see before. I really like the bright colors.

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I also noticed something to get really excited about. Coupeville has a number of beautiful old Victorian’s around town that were mostly built and owned by tall ship captains in the mid to late 1800’s. This is one of my very favorites.

This house was owned by Captain Joseph Clapp, built in 1889. It has been going down hill for quite some time but it is on the list to have some work done¬†made possible by Ebey’s Forever Grant. Today I saw a huge pile of cedar shakes for a new roof! It’s going to look so great once that’s done and no more leaks either. (Note the big hole to the left of the chimney)

I don’t envy the roofer that gets the job but someone’s got to do it.

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And that concludes our Hump Day Walk! I hope you enjoyed it and we can do it again real soon.