Archives for category: At the Beach

Spirits are on the rise. A season of expectation, overscheduling, emotion, obligation, memories, deadlines, marketing, advertising, programming, photo moments, and unusually crowded stores, shipping outlets, ferry and air terminals comes to a close.

How many Friday and Saturday evenings are there in December? Hurry and take a look because holiday and office parties, tree lighting events, etc., will need to be fit in somewhere.

Ready, Set, Go!

Almost a cultural peer pressure that sets up many people to try to do the same thing at the same time, now becomes a time of doing more or less with life because it’s meaningful, not because the calendar says so.

Never here to take away from others what is meaningful to them, just an urge to duck out all year long and be somewhere near the slow lane.

 

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Looking north towards the Ebey’s Landing Bluff Trail

 

Fort Ebey

 

Monica’s Mom ( A traditional woman from North Carolina ) said music stars made better music before they got off drugs.

 

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Local beachcombing

 

Geography note:

A line from Point Partridge to Point Wilson is the boundary between Admiralty Inlet and of the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

Waiting on a wave at Point Partridge

Local trails overview here:

Two Bluff Trails

Fort Ebey Surf Forecast

Point Partridge Tide Predictions

Article describing local surf conditions:

Surfing on Whidbey Island Fort Ebey State Park

 

Fort Ebey

 

A view from Sharpe Cove.

 

The wooden sign at Libbey Beach is gone.

Something with an industrial look has taken its place.

A Favorite Spot

 

A view from Rosario Beach.

 

B.C. excursion boat heads out.

 

Looking out to Northwest Island

Site details here.

Update:

November 22, 2019 South Whidbey Record

Oak Harbor’s new sewage treatment plant recognized by EPA

 

Update: Tour of the Clean Water Facility on Tuesday, Sept. 24th, 2019.

Thank You – Oak Harbor Clean Water Facility

 

Went out today to take a look.

Image above and below: Is this the sewage treatment plant outfall described by WDFW? (Update: 9/18/19 comment posted at bottom of page with an explanation of what is captured in these two images.)

Love to see updated reporting from newspeople anywhere in the Puget Sound area, also updates from public agencies and volunteer groups with an eye on the health of local waters.

Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife OAK HARBOR BEACH PARK

“State Dept. of Health cautions that Clams, Oysters and Mussels from this beach are not fit for human consumption at any time.”

“Water Quality Comment: This beach is within the closure area for a sewage treatment plant outfall and is unsafe for recreational shellfish harvesting.”

View current Washington State Dept. of Health status/shellfish safety map at the bottom of this page.

 

More than six months back:

November 16, 2018 Whidbey News-Times

Oak Harbor’s sewage plant up and running

Article indicates the cost of the project is $142 million.

 

November 30, 2018 Whidbey News-Times

Ceremony celebrates sewage treatment plant coming online

“…ribbon cutting Thursday for the city’s new, state-of-the-art sewage treatment plant.”

See Washington State Dept. of Health status updated Dec 2nd, 2018 here.

 

Stewardship is a priority:

Sign below posted at Flintstone Park educates the public on local waters.

Saratoga Passage Marine Stewardship Area

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Washington State Dept. of Health status updated May 19th, 2019.

Source: Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife OAK HARBOR BEACH PARK

In the news:

May 14, 2019 Whidbey News-Times

Oak Harbor asks Navy to pay $39 million to connect to city sewer system

Article indicates the cost of the project is $149 million.

 

Several Island County beaches are closed for recreational shellfish harvest because of sewage treatment outfall.

This appears to be a routine/ongoing situation.

View the Washington State Department of Health beach list here.

 

Coupeville

A situation linked to the Oak Harbor sewage treatment plant? Waiting for newspeople to let us know.

“This beach is within the closure area for a sewage treatment plant outfall and is unsafe for recreational shellfish harvesting.”

Source: WDFW

North side of Penn Cove at Monroe Landing

“This beach is within the closure area for a sewage treatment plant outfall and is unsafe for recreational shellfish harvesting.”

Source: WDFW

Sounds like the sewage treatment plant is sending unsafe product into Penn Cove?

 

Back in 2017, Island County Public Health posted a sign at the Coupeville Wharf about restrictions on recreational shellfish harvesting. I saw no warning signs today (5/21/19) at Oak Harbor or at Monroe Landing.

Image below taken on March 24, 2019 Penn Cove site visit.

WDFW has posted a permanent sign indicating a dark shaded area in the eastern part of Penn Cove:

More here:

8 Months In – Cheerful Social Media Posts With Plenty of Exclamation Points

An eye on the health of local waters – Whidbey sewage treatment plant outfalls

Whidbey Sewage Treatment Plant Outfall – Zero Questions From Newspeople

Earth Day 2019 – News Tip/Story Idea

Oak Harbor – State Of The Art Sewage Treatment Plant

Does hometown pride get in the way of newspeople asking questions?

Tangled Up In Hometown Pride?

 

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Just north of Perego’s Lagoon, on the Ebey’s Landing Bluff Trail.

Two Bluff Trails

 

Just north of Perego’s Lagoon, on the Ebey’s Landing Bluff Trail.

Two Bluff Trails

 

Just north of Perego’s Lagoon on Monday.

The Ebey’s Landing Bluff Trail will take you there. I walked out from the cemetery.

 

A tide calendar at home was a routine part of growing up near Puget Sound in the 70s.

Like phone books, these may be fading away now.

Indian Beach, OR

No crowds today at Fort Ebey

Point Partridge

Fort Ebey

Local info here.

Indian Beach, Oregon

From Indian Beach

Local history here.

Rescue by numbers