MARAUDING DEER – May 22, 2018

During this morning’s walk I counted eighteen deer marauding the neighborhood. This was looking down Perkins Street just as I left my house.

Deer on Perkins

A little further down the road I got up close and personal with this young buck that was just coming into his horns.

Young Buck

To my surprise the tall ship Hawaiian Chieftain was still docked at the Coupeville Wharf. I talked to one of the crew and he said that they’d be leaving Thursday morning around 10:00.

I thought the fog made for an interesting shot of the ship and wharf.

Foggy Tall Ship Wharf

There are still lots of pretty flowers around town and these caught my eye. They are in front of the Whidbey Health Medical Center. We’re lucky to have the hospital that serves the whole island just blocks away from our home.

Whidbey Health Flowers

That was fun, I really enjoyed your company. I’ll see you again soon.

WE’VE GOT ISLAND SPIRIT – May 2, 2017

Time to get your shoes on and go for another beautiful walk around Coupeville.

This morning I noticed that everyone I ran into had a smile on their face and offered up a hearty “Good Morning”! I believe it was for a couple of reasons. First, we just wrapped up another four day stint of cloudy and rainy days ending with clear skies this morning.

Secondly it’s because of where we live, in the town of Coupeville on beautiful Whidbey Island. It was like everyone had the “Island Spirit”.

Come to find out not only do we have “Island Spirit” but we also have the “Island Spirit. That’s right, the Island Spirit Cruise Ship was docked at the Coupeville Wharf this morning. It’s a cruise ship that sails around Alaska all summer long. My guess is that it’s on the way up to Alaska for the summer. No matter what, it makes for a pretty picture!

Ship Island Spirit 1

Ship Island Spirit 2

With this fabulous weather there’s a good chance we’ll get to do this again tomorrow. I hope to see you then.

FRANK AND I ARE BACK – April 23, 2018

Hey everyone, I’m back and so is Frank. Actually neither one of us were really gone, Frank was out there hunting for food like always and I was in full hibernation mode.

I don’t like walking in the rain, strong winds or the cold and that’s all we’ve had for a very long time. I’ve been hold up in my wood shop and remodeling our bathroom. I don’t know how “regular” I’ll be but I’ll work on doing better. I know there are a number of Whidbey Island readers that no longer live here and enjoy revisiting this beautiful place.

This morning the sun was peaking through one remaining cloud.

Sunrise Reflection copy

Along the way I spotted Frank the Great Blue Heron sitting on a rock along Penn Cove hunting for his breakfast.

Frank

I was disappointed to find one of my favorite little trails closed this morning. It runs from the center of town up to the Town Park. I’m not sure if it’s temporary or permanent. As I mentioned earlier, we’ve had a very wet spring and the trail runs along a high bluff. Perhaps it just a precaution until things dry out. The high bluffs around Whidbey Island have been known to collapse, especially when saturated with water.

Trail Closed copy1

Thanks to everyone for being so patient with me and I’ll try to do better as we move toward summer. I really appreciate you all walking with me!

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!

55 DAYS – August 14, 2017

Good morning my friends! We got a little rain yesterday and I mean a little, .01″, but it was enough to stop our record run of the most days without any measurable rain. The old record was 52 days and we smashed it this year.

Of course the bad news is, because we live on an island water is limited. We don’t have any snow pack, rivers, streams or large reservoirs, only well water. So to discourage wasting water on things like washing cars or watering lawns our water bill almost doubles.

You can really tell the people who don’t seem to understand all of this. Here’s what we don’t like to see. Probably just the opposite where you live.

Green Lawn

By contrast here is a beautifully kept lawn here in Coupeville on Whidbey Island. Oh, by the way, it’s mine 🙂

Home Brown Lawn

Moving on to this morning’s walk. With an on-shore breeze and a little rain, most of the smoke from the Canadian forest fires has been cleared out but that doesn’t mean our spectacular sunrises are gone.

I timed my walk perfectly this morning to be on the Coupeville Wharf right when the sun was breaking over the horizon, Cascade Mountains and Penn Cove. This first one is my friend “Frank”, the Great Blue Heron, sitting on his favorite lamp post with sailboats in the background.

Frank Sunrise Sailboats

A few minutes later the sun was up a little more and I captured this photo and I really like it.

Sunrise Sailboats

And then as the sun rose even more I was able to frame “Frank” in front of the sun making for a nice silhouette.

Frank Sunrise Silhouette

So that’s it for this Monday. I hope you have a great week ahead and we are able to walk some more as the week goes along. Thanks for stopping by.

RANDOMNESS – July 18, 2017

Most mornings I try to follow some sort of theme from something that inspires me but this morning nothing specific stuck out so I have a rather odd collection of photos from this morning’s 3.6 mile walk.

First up, we’re getting a new highway surface on Highway 20. That’s the main highway that runs the length of the island. Just in case you didn’t know, Whidbey Island is the longest island on the Pacific Coast of the United States, 58 miles! That’s a lot of blacktop.

Highway 20 Resurfsing

Walking through Kreuger Woods something strange caught my eye. At first glance it looked like a tall, white, goose deep in the woods, like maybe it was trapped. Well it was trapped all right but it wasn’t a bird it was a plastic bag. I sure wish people would do a better job of controlling their plastic trash or better yet take your own bags to the store and decline the plastic bag.

Plastic Bag Goose

One of the Victorian homes that I really like is the John Gould home built in 1894. Not only is it a beautiful home but the new owners have really done a wonderful job bring it back to all the glory of the original home. Talk about symmetry!

John Gould House 1894

On the way back home I passed the Prairie Center grocery store and they had just put out a beautiful batch of new flowers.

Prairie Center Flowers

I hope you have a nice “Hump Day” and the rest of your week is grand! I hope to see you again tomorrow.

I’M STILL HERE – June 29, 2017

Well hello boys and girls! I know it’s hard to believe but I’m still here. I’ve been busy with my two main projects, building a teardrop camping trailer from scratch and restoring my 1960, Series I, Sunbeam Alpine, sports car. Neither one of them is done but I needed a break and what better way to take a break then walking. So get your shoes on and let’s go.

We’ll only walk about two and a half miles this morning, down through town, up through the Coupeville Town Park and back home.

The first thing to show you is the new roof on the Captain Joseph Clapp house. If you remember the old roof had a couple of holes that were letting rain in. Well, thanks to the “Ebey’s Forever Historic Preservation Grant Program” the new roof was installed and the old Clapp house should be preserved for another 131 years.

Before:

cptn-joseph-clapp-house-1886

After:

Cptn Joseph Clapp House New Roof

Going through town I saw that they were finally making some great progress restoring the old “Mad Crab” restaurant building that was housed in the old 1866 Robertson’s Store building. It’s no longer going to be the “Mad Crab” but instead there will be shops and other businesses.

Mad Crab

Walking up the trial to the Town Park a Great Blue Heron scared the crap out of me as it took flight with great fanfare, squawking and yelling all the way. It landed in another tree where I had this great peek-a-boo view of it.

Frank in Tree

On the way back home I spotted this beautiful trawler anchored out on Penn Cove with more of Whidbey Island in the far shore. Oh what a beautiful morning!

Trawler

Thank you so much for walking with me today. I’ll really try to do more walking in the future. I know how much you enjoy our walks and It’s really good for me.

See you soon and keep walking!