Detail from "Rain Dance," an original quilt by Sherrie Spangler

Monday, October 12, 2015

Road trip on Whidbey Island!

The Feet and Forks in Coupeville on Whidbey Island.
The Feet and Forks hit the road (and water) last week for a trip up through Whidbey Island, WA, and then on to Birch Bay, almost to Canada. Today's installment is about the first part of the trip.

We started by driving from Gig Harbor to Port Townsend, where we took a ferry to the lower part of Whidbey Island and the cute little tourist town of Coupeville. It was a 35-minute crossing, which allowed me just enough time to finish my Starbucks pumpkin cream cheese muffin  and coffee.

After landing on Whidbey, we drove the short distance to Coupeville and somehow stumbled into Knead and Feed, a bakery that has the most divine cinnamon rolls. It also was the setting for a lotion and potion shop in the 1998 movie "Practical Magic," with Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman.

Fortified with the pastry, we explored the little shops and waterfront of Coupeville.

Kandi and Joyce -- "Whatever Makes You Laugh!"

Mount Baker in the distance.

 The town was dressed for Halloween, with a scarecrow contest and a cemetery full of awful puns.

Leaving Coupeville, we wandered through rolling farmland under blue skies. When we spotted a sprawling pumpkin farm, I had to stop for photos of the color.

 I made the other Feet and Forkers pose in the dorky pumpkin cutouts.

Nancy, Joyce and Kandi become pumpkin heads.

Then it was on to the northern tip of the island, where we walked out onto the bridge over Deception Pass and took photos of the boats far below in the swirling currents. The bridge is 180 feet above the water and connects Whidbey and Fidalgo islands. Here's a link to more info on the bridge:

There's a state park at Deception Pass with trails, but we didn't have time for that. Another day.

Back on the mainland far north of Seattle (we went up Whidbey to avoid the awful I-5 traffic through Seattle), we took the scenic and curvy Chuckanut Drive along the water and stopped at the elegant Oyster Bar on Chuckanut Drive for lunch. We took one look at the signs saying no cell phone use or children under 9 and knew it wasn't your typical roadside oyster shack.

I can't get our forks photo to turn horizontally, but you get the idea. Sweet potato fries!!!

More tomorrow on the Birch Bay part of our trip.

Have a colorful day


ellen gets crafty said...

Great get away - always a fun time with your girlfriends!!

The Idaho Beauty said...

What a great start to your road trip. For all the years I lived on that side of the state, I never made it to Whidbey Island. I can see it has much I'd be interested in seeing. Thanks to the link about the Deception Pass Bridge. I had no idea it was that old & part of the CCC efforts, nor that it was instrumental in the decision to place a naval air base there. At one point, a college friend of ours was based there training recruits. And still we never made it there.

Can't wait for the next leg of the trip. :-)

Judy Sall Fiber Art said...

Sounds like a fun outing! Looking forward to the next leg of the journey...

Robbie said...

You do get around! Good for you!!! Love the pink yarn but the cinnamon bun was my favorite!