We took the ferry from Mukilteo to Clinton, then drove up the island to Coupeville. (This is the Cathlamet. We passed it on the way to the island and rode it on the way back. I love ferry boats--in the summertime!)
We drove north to Coupeville. Near the wharf is an information kiosk about Ebey's Landing NHS, so we got a brief overview before we started out.
There were some people filming something but every time I moved to get close enough to hear, they stopped. It was really frustrating!
The Whale Wheel shows local woodcarver's renditions of the coastal-style Orca. Isn't it cool? (Just in case you're interested, the Island County Historical Museum next door has Passport Stamps.)
The Prairie Wayside was closed...
We drove to the Prairie Overlook to check out Ebey's Prairie, where the Ebey family farmed. It was a pretty day and for such a bucolic setting. (I've known this word for a long time, but can never use it in a sentence. I think it meets one of my 6th-grade spelling homework assignments.)
Personally I think it's nice that there aren't houses on the prairie, and I suppose NHR is better than National Park status (see my comments on my blog entry for Cuyahuga Valley NP.) I'll put the soapbox away now...we'll be starting on our 2014 trip in July and we'll go to some real national parks!
A few more pictures of our Ebey's Landing outing: Ebey's Landing NHR