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:

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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!

Merry Christmas – December 24, 2015

I know it’s just Christmas Eve but I felt a need to say “Merry Christmas”.

We hope you have a wonderful Christmas or whatever holiday you celebrate.

Here are a couple of photos from our wee house in Coupeville, Whidbey Island, Washington to yours.

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Christmas-Tree

Thanks to everyone who follow my blog and enjoy walking with me. I’ve been kind of lax these past few months but will try to do better in the new year. Speaking of which, have a blessed and wonderful New Year.

Sincerely,

Ken and Marilyn

LAST SATURDAY MARKET PARTY

Today was the last day for Coupeville’s Saturday Market and what a party it was. Unfortunately the weatherman did not cooperate and it poured. There was a brief moment of sunshine between rain squalls and wouldn’t you know that as soon as the relay races were over the sun came out for the rest of the day.

Here are a few photos of the day.

During the first sun break I caught this little girl being amazed by the size of the giant pumpkins. There were more to come but that’s all I caught.

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Next to the pumpkins I spotted the largest rutabaga I’d ever seen.

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I thought this shot of the Island Life booth summed up the hearty folks of Whidbey Island. I met Sean, who owns Island Life clothing for the first time and we had a nice chat. When you think of “Island Life” you don’t usually think of umbrellas at the same time.

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The main event was the relay races. Teams were fielded to perform five relay tasks. One person or two would complete a task and then carry the “gourd baton” to the next task. Unfortunately it began raining and blowing so hard we only stayed for two teams. Here are some photos of the race.

The “Egg Toss”. When the clock started the catcher suited up in a blue rain slicker and goggles. As soon as an egg is caught or three eggs are tossed the baton moves on.

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The “Radish Hunt” required finding twenty radishes in the hay bail and placing them in a bucket.

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Corn shucking required the contestants to shuck three ears of corn to the satisfaction of the judges before moving the baton forward.

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I didn’t get the “Rutabaga Toss” where rutabaga’s are tossed through the hoops you see in the back ground in the photo above.

Finally they had to place five squash into a wheelbarrow and run to the finish line.

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It’s unfortunate that it rained so hard on all these great contestants but as you can see, despite the weather, there was a pretty good crowd in attendance.

So that wraps up the Coupeville Saturday Market for another year. We sure will miss all the really fresh, locally grown, fabulous vegetables and fruit.

MOVIE TIME

It was really cloudy and gray for my walk this morning so I didn’t find many photo-ops but I did want to share a couple of photos I took earlier.

Saturday my wife spotted this “Rainbow Spiderweb” and wondered if I could take a picture of it. “Of course I can”!

It didn’t turn out as well as I had hoped but at least it gives you a good idea as to the beauty she saw.

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Last night the full moon was beckoning to have its picture taken so I obliged.

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This morning I walked around Pennington Loop which is very residential and wooded. That combination does not generally make for great photos but this group of plants caught my eye. I don’t know what they are and I like the old split rail fence running along behind.

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And now for the “Movie”. This past weekend my friend Bill Schaub visited our wee island town coming all the way from Dublin! Dublin, California that is 😉

He has really gotten into quad-copters and has a very nice DJI model with a GoPro camera mounted on a gimbal. I took him around Coupeville and Fort Casey to capture some of the area. After we were done shooting I edited it down into this video. I hope you enjoy the little tour of Central Whidbey Island. Just click on the photo below.

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Have a great week ahead and don’t work too hard 🙂