WHIDBEY ISLAND RACE WEEK

It’s that time of year again for the sailboat races around the Whidbey Island area. The sail in Crescent Harbor, Saratoga Passage and Penn Cove. The races started today and will run through the week. Here’s a map of the race areas.

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It’s a beautiful day and just a perfect breeze out of the west, just what the sailors love. I live where the red X is and can see the races from there but walked down to the beach to get a better view. Unfortunately they were racing to the far side of the cove so I was shooting almost a half mile away. I hope you enjoy these photos and remember you can click on any one of them to see it a lot bigger.

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It got a little crowded rounding this mark. There were four boats going for it and it was some really close sailing. I have them here in sequence.

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I think the spinnaker on this boat says it all “Party”! They came in dead last.

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This boat wasn’t racing but I thought it was a nice shot of the wharf and boat.

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There was another race going on at the same time only further out toward the entrance of Penn Cove. They were small catamaran’s similar to a Hobie  Cat’s.

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What a picture perfect day on our wee little island. I hope you enjoyed the race.

“WHERE’S WALDO”, a.k.a. KennyB [ME]

I’ve been off line for a couple of days but this morning I’m back. I thought it would be fun to share where all I’ve been lately. First of all a small New England seaside village.

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Moving further west I get into the farmlands of Iowa.

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And Kansas

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Still continuing west I hit the Great Planes and the remnants of the life in the mid 1800’s.

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Traveling across the prairie I come to the Rocky Mountains and a beautiful ski lodge settle in the heavily wooded mountains.

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And finally I arrive at the Beautiful Pacific Ocean.

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The only thing that truly amazing about this trip is all these photos were take around Coupeville and the Ebey Reserve.

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Sometimes I find it hard to believe that I live in such a diverse area compacted into such a small space. I love it, I hope you do to.

FLOWERS OF FRONT STREET

While walking along the historic Front Street in Coupeville I couldn’t help but notice all the beautiful flowers the different stores have out. Here is a smattering of those flowers.

First though, earlier on in my walk, I saw these beautiful baskets at the Prairie Center grocery store. This store is across the highway out toward Ebey Prairie.

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Back on Front Street I caught this picture of a city worker watering one of the many beautiful baskets that hang around town.

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Next is The Windjammer Gifts.

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The Seaside Spa.

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Knead and Feed Bakery.

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Aqua Gifts.

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McPherson and McPherson Law Offices.

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What a beautiful town I live in. You should come by and see it sometime.

IT’S LEE FOR ME

This morning’s walk started in Coupeville on a beautiful clear sky sunny day. This is looking over town and across Penn Cove. The orange morning sun is bathing Mt. Baker in a nice golden glow.

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St. Mary’s Catholic Church was receiving the same warm glow from the sun.

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But I was surprised as I got closer to the other side of the island to see the “On shore push” the weather prognosticator had talked about in the evening news rolling the fog in from the southwest.

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While I often walk the same roads, there’s only so many places you can walk on a small island, I’m always surprised when I see something I’ve never seen before. I really like this chicken coupe that these people have made. It looks like the chickens have their own camper.

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I saw this Alfalfa sign which reminded me of the times my brother and I use to torment our mom and dad when we were on our summer vacations driving around the country. Every time we saw a field of alfalfa hay or even smell fresh cut alfalfa we would sing our song.

“Alfalfa hay, alfalfa hay, we feed our cows, alfalfa hay”

“Second  verse same as the first.”

“Alfalfa hay, alfalfa hay, we feed our cows, alfalfa hay”

“Third verse, a little bit worse”.

“Alfalfa hay, alfalfa hay, …” you get the idea. When we got somewhere between the twentieth verse and one hundredth verse mom would say “Shut Up” and mom would never say “shut up”. Then Pop would swing his non-driving arm around back in an attempt to smack us. It was great fun for us kids but it really got tiring for the folks.

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Here’s Ebey’s Landing looking very similar to how it looked the other day.

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All the cars, so early in the morning, were for fisherman trying their best to catch the illusive salmon. These two guys were doing a lot of fishing but no catching.

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So we now get to the subject of this post, “It’s Lee For Me”. As you saw the fog bank rolling in above it was on the “Windward” side of the island. These next two pictures are back on the “Leeward” side of the island. Because the prevailing winds are generally out of the southwest I live in the “Lee of the island”. Translate that means, sunshine 🙂

These are some boats tied to the dock at the wharf with Coupeville in the background.

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And finally I saw this huge Eagle standing on the beach near the wharf.

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What a fantastic way to end a beautiful walk around my wee island.

SATURDAY MARKET

I know it’s Sunday but we went to Saturday Market yesterday and thought I’d share the experience. Every Saturday, during the summer, Coupeville has a wonderful Saturday Market that runs from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. With the Ebey Prairie just a half mile away we get to choose veggies and fruit from the best of the best. There are also many local artisans who bring their creations to sell. It’s always a fun time with fun stuff to see.

So here’s an overview of the market.

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You may have noticed all the Model A Ford’s in the background. The local Model A Club comes out most Saturdays to show off their cars and there are some really nice ones on display.

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It seems that there are usually a couple of wood turners with their creations and this day there were two. Both of them make really pretty bowls.

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The “Knotguy” AKA Force Five Knots, was there and always has interesting nautical knot stuff for sales and is always interesting to talk to.

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There were a couple of ladies who played guitar and sang and I caught them entertaining this little girl with their lamb puppet. It was very cute 🙂

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One young woman that always shows up rides a bicycle pulling a big trailer loaded with frozen salmon and other seafood’s. She says it isn’t too bad but it looks like a lot of work to me.

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And what would a Saturday Market be without at least one Chainsaw Artist?

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One of our favorite local watercolor artists is Paul Woodfin, we have severalof his works.

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They have a number of food vendors and I always find this wood-fired pizza oven interesting. Can you imagine what it takes to haul it down the road? I did notice that the oven is centered over the axels.

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And finally the “fruits of our labor”, so to speak, although there wasn’t much labor involved.

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Yum! We got a lot more than just the strawberries but don’t they look good?

We hope you enjoyed our little market and can come see it in person some day.

FOGGY EBEY

When I woke this morning I saw a beautiful sunrise with the orange/pink sun reflecting off the big puffy clouds. Looks like it will be a nice walk. But by the time I got out the door it started looking like the shore fog might be rolling in. By he time I got out across the prairie Ebey Road looked like this.

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A little further closer to Ebey’s Landing is the Ebey Ferry House. Originally built as Isaac Ebey’s home it later became a hotel. In the mid 1800’s people were ferried to the island from Port Townsend on the Olympic Peninsula and places beyond to Ebey’s Landing. They would stay in the hotel and a stage coach would take them across the prairie to Coupeville. You’ll have to look hard but it’s there.

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At the end of the road is Ebey’s Landing State Park but it’s not very spectacular on a day like this.

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Heading back toward town I swung by the Sunnyside Cemetery. It is named after the Ebey farm that was called “Sunnyside”. All of the old Ebey families are buried here.

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This was my last look back at the prairie as I was heading back to Coupeville.

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Of course back in Coupeville, only two miles away, it was a complete different story. Here’s the wharf as I was coming down the trail from Town Park.

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As you can see by the wispy clouds against the blue sky it’s going to be a great day on the island.

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And finally my photo of the week. A Great Blue Heron against Mt. Baker.

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Have a great weekend and I’ll catch up with you again next week.

ODDSERVATIONS

Today was the first time I’ve walked in a while due to some serious morning rains. This morning  it was threatening weather but I got in 5.1 mile walk without a drop. Thirty minutes after I got home it just dumped, lucky me 🙂

Because of the weather I kind of hung close to home just in case it decided to soak me and I had to run. There were a number of odd things that I observed, hence “Oddservations”.

The first thing I noticed was a sign for a dog I’d never seen before.

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Right across the street I saw this girl, coincidence? I think not.

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A little further on up the road I saw a “sock on a rock”. Only one and nothing else around, odd.

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The Coupeville High School will “Flamingo” your yard for a fee to celebrate the retirement of the resident. Usually it is done as a surprise by a spouse or kids. This house was “Flamingoed” this morning.

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 In the Town Park I saw this young boy getting ready for his first slide ride. He looked pretty excited and did a “Good Job”.

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Closer to home is Captain Thomas Coupe Park. He was the founder of Coupeville back in 1853. This garden is maintained by the Coupeville Garden Club and they do a pretty good job but I think they misjudged the size of this planting, woops.

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While we live on an island it is not a tropical island but don’t tell these people, party on!!!

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Back at home I though I’d add our birdbath to the “oddservation’s”. We bought the stand at the Coupeville Saturday Market and the bowl at the hardware store. We get lots of comments on it, all positive.

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If you can, get out and walk, I’m always amazed at what all there is to be seen.

FRONT YARD CAMPING

My sister Diane and husband Del are here from Dublin, California, in the Bay Area, visiting for a few days and I thought I’d share a little of their visit.

First of all they have set up camp on the parking strip in front of our house. Their beautiful monster motorhome just barely fits although it’s getting a little crowded around here.

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My sister and I were going to walk but unfortunately the weather did not cooperate. Instead we drove them around and showed them some of the sites.

We went to Fort Casey to check out the Admiralty Lighthouse. This is Diane and Del in to top of the tower.

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If you look down the stairwell from the top of the lighthouse you might get vertigo.

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Outside the lighthouse we saw this sign but we could never find the “Demonstation Site”, hum?

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Then we walked around the rest of the fort checking out the bunkers, cannons and other interesting things. I spotted the Port Townsend to Coupeville ferries crossing in the Admiralty Inlet. They were not as close as the picture looks but due to the telephoto it looks like a near miss.

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We also stopped by the Fort Casey campground near the ferry landing to see if they might want to say there the next time they visit. Here’s my sister Diane down on the beach.

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And Del and Diane with the ferry in the background.

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Marilyn’s sister Susie has come to live with us for a while so she joined in the fun. This is her and Marilyn at the campground (Susie in pink).

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They seem to be very serious about recycling at this campground and sets a good example for the whole island. What I found most interesting in this picture was the two beer bottles that someone left on the tables instead of taking them another five feet to the recycle bin, nice, NOT!

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We rattled around some more and ended up at Flintstone Park in Oak Harbor. This is Diane and Del cruising down the road in the Flintmobile.

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We had a great time and can’t wait to do more with them. They are only here for two nights because Del is not retired yet so only have a three week vacation. They are traveling to Montana before gong back home. Next time they’ll both be retired and spend a lot more time on the island.

Thanks for letting me share our day with you.

FERRY BOAT SUNSET

We have wind and rain this morning so I didn’t walk but I did want to share some photos I took last night.

Every Wednesday night I rehearse with my band, The Tempos, a big swing band, over on the mainland. That involves a couple of ferry rides. On the way home last night I couldn’t resist pulling out Mr. Canon.

These are some from different places on the car decks.

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Looking back east toward Everett.

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Coming into the Clinton dock on Whidbey Island.

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It’s a tough job but somebody has to do it. I get to play with a great group of guys and have a couple of fun boat rides, perfect.

FLYING DEER?

But first… On this mornings 6.4 mile walk I went east on Parker Road all the way to Highway 20 and back. Nice walk but as always not a lot to see on Parker due to the heavily wooded road. But I did see a large number of deer this morning so I decided to capture a few, photographically speaking.

I’d like to start with a picture I took Tuesday near our house of a very young fawn hunkered down near our house. It was so cute and stayed perfectly still just as I’m sure it’s mother told it to do.

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These guys looked confused, two crossing the road one way and the other two going the opposite direction.

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With a lot of deer on the island we have to be very protective of our gardens as they really like to munch them down to the nubbins. This is one persons solution to the problem but it looks like some of the plants are growing above the screen and I sure will be trimmed by the deer.

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Other people have gotten much more aggressive such as this neighbor of mine.

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And here’s the problem.

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As I got closer to Coupeville and home I spotted these deer down by Penn Cove. I’ve never seen the deer walking along this beach.

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I was always told “don’t drink the water” because it’s saltwater. Well maybe a little isn’t so bad. Perhaps it’s like a liquid “saltlick”.

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And finally to the subject of this blog, “Flying Deer”! Something scared these deer along the shore and they took off running toward me. But like deer do they don’t just run but “hop” and “leap” like rabbits. While it’s a little hard to see, these guys are about three feet off the ground when I caught this. It was shooting from quite a distance away and from above so it makes it difficult to how high they are.

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And on that “hoppy” note, have a great day 🙂