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Monday, May 12, 2014

Tour of South Whidbey Island

11 May 2014

A beautiful Mother's Day in many ways. Christine,Hope,Liz and daughter in-law, Cindy, you are wonderful mother's and we are so proud and thankful for you in our lives as are our grandchildren. Thank you for enriching many lives.

On our way out of the base, we spotted a golden eagle perched on a piece of driftwood at the end of the flight line.
Golden Eagle

We spent Mother's Day on a very nice drive from the base down to Langley with stops at Fort Ebey SP, Sunnyside Cemetery,Jacob Ebey House and Blockhouse,Coupeville and finally Langley. A perfect weather day.

Our first stop at the Ebey SP to see the Battery 248 manned from 1943 to 1946 by members of the Coast Artillery Corps. This fort joined the other Harbor Defenses of Puget Sound..Worden,Flagler and Casey. Battery 248 was positioned with a view of Strait of Juan de Fuca. The main armament was two six inch guns. After the war, the guns were melted down for scrap. Spotted a deer on way out.
Battery 248 Signage

By the Gun Placement
On Top of the Battery

It's This Big

Sign Says It All

We then drove to the site of Sunnyside Cemetery where the Ebey family plot and Davis Blockhouse are located. A short walk from here takes you to the Jacob Ebey homestead and blockhouse. The Davis Blockhouse was constructed to defend against the Haida Indians and moved to the cemetery in 1915. Jacob Ebey, the father of Isaac built the blockhouse and home in the 1850's. In 1857, Isaac was slain by northern coastal Indians seeking revenge for the killing of one of their own chieftains. Isaac was the first permanent white settler on Whidbey Island.
Davis Blockhouse

Another View

Ebey Family Plot

Jacob Ebey House and Blockhouse

Another View with Modern Home Below

Donation Claim Stone

Before leaving this area, we talked to some avid drone and model airplane enthusiasts. They had some very high tech equipment.Their  Utube site is Airtruksrus.
Drone Techies

Coupeville is the oldest town on Whidbey Island and features shops,victorian architecture,eateries and pier. We toured the Island County Museum with the Alexander Blockhouse adjacent and had a delicious lunch at "Front Street Grill". The crab cakes and seafood chowder very good. The ice cream parlor across the street features good treats. Coupeville sits on Penn Cove overlooking Oak Harbor to the north and Saratoga Passage to the east. The town is part of and surrounded by the 17,000 acre Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve. The area has been preserved much as it appeared when settled. I definitely recommend this as a stop when touring the Island.
Front Street Grill

Having a Conversation

Ice Cream Parlot

View of Oak Harbor

Not Sure What This Is

View of Olympic MTNS

On the Pier

Alexander Blockhouse & Island Museum

Pier and Shops

View of Downtown Coupeville

Langley overlooks the Saratoga Passage and is known as "The Village by the Sea" featuring charming shops,art studios, inns and eateries.To the east you can espy Camano Island accessible via Hwy 532 off IH 5. We walked down to the Marina and spotted a resident otter.We were hoping to spot some whales, but not today..a disappointment. During the third weekend of August,Langley is host to the Whidbey Island Area Fair.

Cute Otter

Langley Marina

View of Langley

Didn't Ring the Bell

Totem Poles

Resting Gull

View of Camano Island
On way back we stopped at the Crockett Blockhouse near Fort Casey.
Crockett Blockhouse

Impressive Barn

When we got back we took Merlot and Jaeger for a walk since Jen and Brad were gone. Need to get a photo of them sitting up in the window. Seems to be their favorite spot.

Today was another day in paradise.

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