Another sunny day in our little corner of Paradise! Lots of smiling faces and visitors to town. We're a perfect day trip for Seattle-area dwellers, Bellingham residents and other Northwesterners. The Keystone Cafe, located near the ferry terminal that serves passengers bound for Port Townsend and the Olympic Peninsula has been very busy, as the Hood Canal bridge is currently closed for construction. With their smashing view of the ferry dock, Puget Sound, Admiralty Head and Crockett Lake, friendly service and great food (try their fish & chips with a cold NW beer, or full espresso bar menu & goodies, or an ice cream cone scooped from a case full of choices). Family-run and a big supporter of community life, especially our schools and sports programs, the Kellison's cafe is welcoming whether you're waiting for the ferry or just looking for a great new place to try out. During Dungeness Crab season, they have fresh crab available, too! Prices are modest, and it is always impeccably clean. Ok, enough already, just go see for yourself!
Meawhile, down on Front Street, the most curious sighting of the day has been a gaggle of teenagers braving the water next to the Wharf. They chose a nice area where it is sandy and shallow out for a long stretch, and they were actually swimming! Two sitting on on a log bouncing up and down on their way out deeper took me back a few years. I was one of those kids who never could resist wading, which usually turned into a full on swim eventually. But the water is still a bit chilly for my taste... think I'll wait for August.
Here is a view looking down Front Street. Coupeville is the 2nd oldest town in Washington State, Vancouver being the oldest. Our love of history and preserving it is apparent when you look around. A mom & daughter just popped in to see the gorgeous art of Gary Shallock hanging in my office...they'd hopped in their boat in Oak Harbor and buzzed over just for shopping and lunch. Maybe you'll be here next weekend!