Camping & Taking Photos in E. California and the SouthWest

Whidbey Wanderings

One of the highlights of my time in Seattle was visiting Whidbey Island with my friends Barb and Ann. Barbara and her husband, Don, have a lovely place on the Island with glorious views of Camano Island, Mt. Baker and the water. The tides were pretty extreme, so we had a great long beach walk when the tide was out. The stairway down to the beach provided some good cardio! Barb fixed a fantastic fish dinner for us. Unfortunately, she had to leave the next morning, but Ann and I stayed another night. We spent the next afternoon in Coupeville – the site of many of our past PEPS retreats. The town has changed, but fortunately not too much!

Here’s the view from Barb & Don’s…doesn’t get much better than this!

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Low tide in Coupeville:

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At the edge of town, we came upon a store with lots of nautical decor…including this amazing bodice, made by the owner’s daughter:

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While looking around Coupeville, we found a new (to us) lavender shop with all things lavender, even lavender cookies and ice cream! They directed us to their lavender farm on the other side of the highway. We stopped by the farm the next day, on our way back to Seattle. They had a lavender fair going on with a few vendors and lots of lavender. The farm is lovely; apparently it all started with 5 lavender bushes! Whidbey’s frequent sunshine helps!

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A quick stop at Deception Pass to check out the rapids and look longingly at the San Juans. One of my favorite places in the Pacific NW:

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