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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

SUNRISE WEST- February 10, 2017

I keep hoping for some really nice, warm, dry, wind free kind of days but for now it’s still winter in Washington State. Yesterday I did walk but all by myself. It was threatening rain so I walked the north/south streets that are quite steep. I walked fast to put on some miles so not much looking around or photos. At about two miles it started to sprinkle so I beat feet for home and just as I got in the door it started to really rain.

So that brings us to today. It’s was fairly clear with big puffy clouds. Unfortunately the wind was howling!!! I saw a 38 MPH gust when I got home. Needless to say that’s not great for walking. I even got blown back a couple of times. But despite that I managed to take a few photos.

While sunrises to the east are quite spectacular if you look west they can be just as spectacular with the rising sun shining on the clouds. This is the Coupeville Wharf as seen from the end of the street I live on.

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A little further down the road the sky was still looking good and I love split rail, cedar, fences. It makes for a good contrast.

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I spotted a beer truck stocking up Toby’s Tavern. I stopped and asked the driver if he could stop by my house and deliver some brew but I guess not 😦

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It’s Friday and that means the weekend is upon us. I hope you have a great one and thanks for walking with me this week.

PEEK-A-BOO – January 30, 2017

This morning’s walk was very nice but kind of disappointing in the photo department. It looked like the sunrise was going to pop but then it did pop, just like a balloon. The lighting was poor so not a lot to share but here’s my Monday offering just the same.

There seems to be a lot of anger and rage among the people of the United States these days. I’m really getting tired of it and so I offer this as a suggestion.

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Even though early January was rather chilly around here, the month is ending with Daffodil’s popping up from the ground, oh boy!

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There is a group, “Whidbey Island Rocks” on Facebook, that paint rocks and places them around the island. Coupeville is no exception and this morning I discovered this rock painted by LJK on October of 2016. It was on the trail that goes through Kruger Woods. Their Facebook page says that you can either keep the rock or put it somewhere else for others to enjoy. I took the rock and will place it in a different location in a few weeks. If you live in, or visit Coupeville, be on the lookout for this one.

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Thank you for walking with me on this rather gray morning but I wish you sunshine for the week ahead!

OLD FARM EQUIPMENT – January 25, 2017

This mornings four mile walk was once again gray and flat but I didn’t let that slow me down. I went over to the high school and turned east on Terry Street. That took me past something that a lot of small towns, the size of Coupeville, don’t have, a bowling alley and diner. But sadly it is closed due to “…this Island is too small to support our little alley anymore.”  Are any of you interested in a great business opportunity in a small, beautiful, historic, island town?

Just to the left of it is something else you won’t see in Coupeville yet there it is, an espresso stand. Coupeville has a ban on “drive through business” with one exception, the two banks in town. I believe this is to prevent fast food places detracting for the quaint, historic, feel of the town. The reason the espresso drive through is there is because it’s just outside of the city limits.

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Further on down the road I saw some old farm equipment that I’ve seen in the past but could never get a very good picture of them because in the summer they are completely overgrown with blackberry bushes. They’ve whacked them back and their they are in their full, old, rusty glory. I really like old farm equipment, maybe it’s because I grew up on a farm in Nebraska where there were lots of old farm equipment even in the 1950’s.

This is an old Combine-Harvester from around the 1930’s.

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This Allis-Chalmers tractor is also from the 1930’s and may have pulled that old combine. I don’t believe it’s going to do anymore pulling. It’s’ always fun to imagine things like this equipment still working the fields as I walk around this beautiful prairie.

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For all you working people it’s hump day so thanks for walking with me, now get back to work. For all you retired folks, thanks for walking with me and have a wonderful day!