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Historic Camano Island

Located between Wahington State’s mainland and Whidbey Island is Camano Island. There are several interesting historic sites open to the public if you join a Camano Island Historic Tour or explore the area on your own. Let’s take a look. Floyd Norgaard Cultural Center This cultural center is the home of the Stanwood Area Historical …

Whidbey Island’s Demographics

Whidbey Island, located in northern Puget Sound continues to benefit from technology industry expansions, following a lot of agony over “telecoms” and “dot.coms” employment contraction. The “mainland” areas of Mukilteo, Everett, and Seattle have, during the last few decades, attracted large numbers of “high technology” businesses. You may want to take a look at the …

A Tour of Whidbey Island

The ferry from Mukilteo (the Mainland side) to Clinton is the route taken by most first-time visitors. Once on Whidbey Island, recreational and historical sights are abundant. All are free! Our main office is conveniently located 1 1/2 miles up the highway from the ferry landing, at the stop light in Kens Korner Mall. First, …

Whidbey Island’s History Part 2

There is evidence that some humans lived on Whidbey Island perhaps 8,000 years ago. Certainly, there were significant villages of Snohomish, Suquamish, Skagit and Swinomish Indians or their ancestors by 1500. From 1500 to 1640, hundreds of European explorers, especially those Portuguese and Spanish navigators influenced by Prince Henry’s school of navigation in Lisbon, circumnavigated …

Whidbey Island’s History Part 1

Whidbey Island is the western part of Washington’s Island County. In 1792, Captain Vancouver named the island after Joseph Whidbey, Captain of the HMS Discovery who was probably the first western explorer to set foot on this land at Penn’s Cove (near what we know as Coupeville). Whidbey Island is Puget Sound’s largest island, some 45 miles long and …

Whidbey Island Weather Year Round

If you dream of a mild Pacific Northwest with warm winters and cool summers, modest rainfall, spectacular scenery with eagles and whales, this could be the place you’ve been trying to get to! Only 65-minutes from Metropolitan Seattle but light years away via a 15-minute ferry trip, you’ll find this “secret place”; a relaxed countryside …

Every Seed Is Telling A Story

A small Pacific Northwest farmer is helping save the planet, one seed at a time THE SEED SAVER In plant propagation, our past and future are preserved… Two days ago, in an egg carton on my desk, I planted a dozen pointy brown seeds, each slightly bigger than a comma. Already, one seed has spurted hairy …

Treasures of the Tide Flats

On a beach or at a bash, oysters are worthy of celebration FOR A MOMENT, I had the sense that the world was an oyster — not my oyster, perhaps, but an oyster nonetheless. Standing beside the shell-shaped bowl of Totten Inlet at low tide on a winter evening, I couldn’t help noticing that the …

A River Reigns Through It

FIRST TO THE ANKLES, then the knees, then mid-thigh: The river pushes higher and higher, its power sucking, pulling, tugging at your legs; how it wants to lie you down. Stand mid-channel and watch its water surge toward you, glassy smooth, clear, slatey-green, a river used to getting whatever it wants. The mighty Queets, one …