Wednesday, August 1, 2018

What to do in Washington and Oregon?

Are you travelling in the great Northwest this year? If you are, what is your favorite activity to do on the road? We just returned from a 4500 mile car trip, the ultimate road trip, really. We went north through all of the US through to Canada and even up into Banff and Jasper National Parks, before going west to Vancouver, then down through Washington and Oregon before returning to San Diego, California.
This image includes some of the activities in Oregon (top two) and Washington (bottom two). The top left is on the beach in Brookings, Mill Beach. A residential area with only about 5 parking spots, so I doubt this will ever be a busy beach. Brookings is just north of the California border on Highway 5. The top right photo, also Brookings, shows a man on a boat called Lady Louise who sells crabs. These are the freshest crabs that I ever tasted. He catches them using traps during the morning, sells them all that day. He offers a fair price and then steams them for you. You will find him in the harbor.

The bottom left is when we were in Shelton, Washington. At the other end of this lake is the State Capital, in Olympia. From this photo, it's a 20 minute boat ride and 40 minutes if you drove. We had a very low tide at this point, so we walked in big boots all the way out to the shore and found some oysters. We put them whole on the barbeque and steamed them. The shells just fell open for us after a few minutes. The best oysters are the freshest from Shelton. We also toured a factory that sells wholesale crab. So if you own a restaurant, perhaps you will call Salish Seafoods, on Sqaxin Island. They are in Shelton. Ask for Rod and call 360 426-4933. They only sell to wholesalers. Who knows, you may get some great deals. This is NOT a sponsored post, by any means.
The bottom right image is from the Olympic Peninsula. This area is a National Forest/Park. This is a fish hatchery, run by the US Fish and Wildlife. Here, we see where 600,000 baby salmon are now living. They will be released in May to the river. And, 18 months later, they return to the place they came, if they are still alive. You will find the Skokomish River and some Indian Reservations (including casinos) in this region. One is called the "Lucky Dog." What do you think of that name?

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