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A Tour of Whidbey Island

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

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

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

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 …

Sustainable Design – Green Building Myths

Sustainable Design – Green Building Myths

Green Building Myths – Fact and Fiction – The Big Green Home Myth and The Real Green Revolution – How to Separate Fact from Fiction We can find more and more marketing hype (Fiction) and quite a lot of good stuff (Facts) out there as a result of the current interest in Green Homes by …

Living Green Tips -“Green Bites”

Living Green Tips -“Green Bites”

Check out these tips that may be very helpful to contribute towards a more sustainable world. When cleaning out your office, keep in mind that Island Recycling accepts Televisions/Monitors/Computer towers (“cpu’s”) and Lap-top computers free of charge as a part of the E-Cycle Washington Program. Do your part for your environment and save money by keeping reusable …

Green & Healthy Living Tips

Green & Healthy Living Tips

The concept of green and healthy living has nowadays also entered mainstream thinking. It is impacting our workplaces and our diets, and our homes. In case you’ve been thinking about how you can make the best choices for both the environment and your family, you don’t need to look any further. We’ve done a lot …