One of my all-time favorite westerns…….It has been a roller coaster week and I have a lot of catching up to do.
|Guts of the solar|
We headed back to Springfield to pick up our rig the next day only to find it was going to take an extra day. So we hung out in our motel room and spent a few hours at the dog park where Daisy explored and Bailey slept.
Friday morning we went back to AM Solar and had a walk
through with the tech. There is so much to learn about using this system! We
focused on the basics and will have to learn the rest as we go. After hooking
up and heading out we went over to Coos Bay on the Oregon coast. Barb had spent
a lot of time camping in this area with the mom, dad and brother growing it, it
was fun hearing her reminisce about their adventures and visit some of the
areas that they went to. It is amazing to see how many places are still the
same some 40 years later. We camped at Bastendorf Beach County Park. It is a
very nice park with lots of large pines.
|Panels on top|
Over the next few days we walked on the beach, enjoyed the
campfire, went crabbing and clamming (more on the clamming later). Crabbing was
a lot of fun, we rented crab pots ($4 each), got 3-day shell fish licenses ($11
each) and headed for the docks! We baited with both chicken and fish carcasses.
You secure the bait to the crab pot, tie it off to the dock and throw it in.
After waiting 15-20 minutes, you pull it up and see what you have. The most
challenging part of the day was keeping the sea lions off your bait. We learned
the hard way that sea lions love both chicken and fish. We lost most of our
bait within the first hour and had to go get more. By the end of the second
hour we were almost out again…. Stupid sea lions were killing us! A few times I
would see the line move on our pot so I would start pulling it up only to have
a 300# sea lion pulling back! You can guess who won that battle! Barb was a
savior as one time when she went to take Daisy to shore for a potty break she
came strolling back carrying a 4’
lingcod in each of her hands and a whole other bag of fish! Apparently she
found the fish cleaning shack and talked a few fisherman out of there carcasses
so we had plenty of bait now. We caught a ton of crabs but only about 1 in 50
was a keeper. At the end of the day we had about 20 keepers.
|Pulling up a pot full of crabs!|
|My bait stealing nemesis|
|Bailey doing what she loved most|
|Bailey and Daisy hanging out crabbing|
|It's a little muddy out there!|
Back to clamming…. On Monday morning we went clamming. We have never done this before but saw others out there trying it so what the heck? So armed with bucket and shovel we waited until low tide and headed out onto the mud flats. Did I mention that Barb did not have boots so we went to Walmart and got her $9 kid’s boots, she looked really
|Clam necks are just plain ugly!|