Archives for category: Local Stuff

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

 

Same location a few months back:

Whidbey Tulips

Vendor info here.

Same location a few months back:

Whidbey Tulips

Vendor info here.

 

Same location a few months back:

Whidbey Tulips

Vendor info here.

 

Same location a few months back:

Whidbey Tulips

Vendor info here.

 

Fort Ebey

 

Make happy mushrooms at Fort Ebey.

 

Local group: Whidbey Island Rocks – WIR

 

I enjoyed an excellent tour of the facility on Tuesday, Sept. 24th, 2019.

Mr. Phil Matthews is the Wastewater Plant Supervisor. He contacted me recently after he saw that I had posted concerns related to recreational shellfish.

Phil invited me to come down and speak with him and see how the operation functions. This was a very open & hassle-free experience. I have dealt with several publicly funded departments here on Whidbey Island. In some cases, the attitude is that if you want more information, you can submit a public records request. To start the process of interacting with a department you fill out a complaint form. I would rather call it a request for service. Maybe just some human interaction would help to smooth things out.

No complaint forms or public records requests were required for me to meet with Mr. Phil Matthews. He has people skills and was ready to provide an educational component related to the Clean Water Facility. He said that storm drain runoff would be the major concern in impacting recreational shellfish. I very much appreciate the open attitude and interaction with Mr. Matthews. He provided me with a detailed information packet, describing the steps required to create clean water.

As time goes on, maybe WDFW will emphasize the issue with storm drain runoff. This would give the public a better idea of what they could do to improve the situation. It would be helpful for newspeople to keep the public informed by reporting on the sewage treatment plant outfall issue described by WDFW.

Over the years, several people who work for, or once worked for various publicly funded departments here on Whidbey Island have made a very positive impression on me.

These are people who are the best representatives of local government and the departments they work for. These folks have people skills. They are ready to make a sincere effort to improve situations and educate the public.

Thanks for taking time.

Phil Matthews

Carol Barnes

John S. Clark

Traci Faught

 

 

 

Photo- Whidbey scene

 

For scale:

Our local source:

Whidbey Beer Works

A friendly shop with a very large selection.

Along for the afternoon: Classic Deep Cuts

Probably some of this going on too.

 

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

 

The Cedar Hollow area at Fort Ebey can be seen just to the right of the sails.

 

South of Point Wilson Light

 

 

A view from Sharpe Cove.

 

An earlier visit here.

Site details here.

 

First time out to a new trail today at Fort Ebey.

A couple of eagles watched over the beach during our visit.

 

Two Bluff Trails

 

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

Two Bluff Trails

 

No hurry to change.

A view from the Ebey’s Landing Bluff Trail.

Two Bluff Trails

 

Two Bluff Trails

Two Bluff Trails