Look Back: Sailboat to Cartagena

Since we retired near the end of 2010, our plan has been to travel, well pretty much full time travel.  We no longer had a permanent residence or even a rented one so we were mostly forced to keep moving.  Sure, in between, we were able to spend time with Valerie’s Mom or visit with friends and family.

We made extensive trips to Central America, South America, Mexico and Europe.  We took off on extended road trips, one across the country to the East Coast and one to the great Northwest ending in Vancouver, BC.  We did some house and pet sitting at various locations.  In 2015, we purchased a motorhome and spent 4 years wandering the US.

But now, well, the nomadic lifestyle doesn’t seem very realistic given the current circumstances.  Perhaps one day that will change but for the near term we have to rethink our travel centric approach to life.  In the meantime, we’re going to recall some of our favorite travel experiences of the past 9 years.  We’ll call these articles, the “Look Back” series.  Sometimes it’s fun to reminisce, especially since we may not have any new such experiences for a while. Continue reading

Coupeville, WA

Also on Whidbey Island is the town of Coupeville, WA.  It is about 20 minutes south of Oak Harbor and has a lovely main street along the waterfront.

Coupeville, WA

On the day we visited there was a sailboat race taking place out in the harbor.  We’re not sure where the sailboats came from since Coupeville doesn’t really have a marina.  Our visit also coincided with their Farmer’s Market so we took a look at that as well.

Steamed Penn Cove Mussels with Garlic BreadOne of the joys of taking a road trip is to be able to sample local foods in different parts of the country.  Whidbey Island, and specifically Penn Cove is a source for mussels for this part of the Northwest.  Penn Cove is just around the corner from Coupeville.  We stopped into Toby’s Tavern to sample some of the local mussels.  We had one pound of the steamed mussels in a garlic broth along with toasted garlic bread for dipping.  Delish.