Tuesday, August 27, 2013


And the meaning of Mukilteo is..........."good camping ground".....at least that is the popular translation, however, the Snohomish dialect of Lushootseed supplies the closest approximation: Muk-wil-teo or Buk-wil-tee-whu, “to swallow” or “narrow passage” (Bates, Hess and Hilbert).  Chief William Shelton of the Tulalip Tribes described its meaning as “a throat, a neck or a narrowing in a body of water.” Mukilteo was a favorite meeting and camping ground well into the historic period (source: www.HistoryLink.org).  This refers to the narrow body of water between Clinton (on Whidbey Island) and Mukilteo (the mainland side of the passage).  A ferry runs every day across this passage.....a ferry we have used often, and will use again Tuesday.

Monday dawned pretty clear, but then clouded up around mid morning....I don't think the temperature got much past 68, which is just fine by me.....I wore a long sleeve t-shirt all day against the chill in the air.

Bob needed to go to the chiropractor for his arm injury, so TLE and I drove him down to Langley, on the south side of the island, to his appointment around 10:45 am....even though we are on an island, it takes a good 45 minutes to drive down to Langley.  While Bob kept his appointment TLE and I wandered around the downtown area of this quaint little town, and even found a thrift store we could browse. Unfortunately, we only just had time to browse.

We picked Bob up around 12:15 and headed directly for the Muk Cafe at Mukilteo Coffee Roasters for lunch.  This a little funky place....our kind of place....way off the beaten path near Langley, WA at the south end of Whidbey Island.  Yelp gives them a 4.5 star rating (out of 5), and I would rate it at least at 4.5, if not an outright 5.  Of course, they also serve coffee....that is their primary business, and if all you want is a good cup of coffee, this is the place.

Bob and I.....this picture is a good example of a "pano" shot gone wrong....notice the back of my head has been flattened....

We chose to eat outside, and really enjoyed the ambiance of this cool little place.  We sat eating and talking for at least an hour, but then it was time to head back home, but not before a stop at the local market for some groceries.

We arrived back home around 3 knowing this was our last full day with Bob and Karen.  We talked, and then read a little.  Around 5 it was time to start working on dinner.  Bob got out some steaks to BBQ, and TLE prepared the sides of salad and potatoes.....we had a lot of potatoes the last few days!

Around 8 we sat down to watch a recording of the last episode of  the"So You Think You Can Dance" show of which all four of us are fans....okay, I know.....I finally said that out loud. I have really come to appreciate dance from watching several seasons of this show, so get over it.....:-)

Karen had to get up very early to head back into Seattle to work....she works in town 3 days, and telecommutes from home the other two  days (Monday and Friday), so she must be on the road by 6 to make the 7 am ferry at Clinton.  Anyway, we said our goodbyes to Karen, and will do the same with Bob Tuesday morning when we must head back to Coeur d'Alene....it seems like we have been gone more than 4 days.

Life is good.....thank you for stopping by!

Karen and Bob....you are always in our hearts....love you guys!

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