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Cinco de Mayo Grilling

This is how we do it on the Oregon Coast!

You need a shellfish license to collect your mussels.  Make sure the mussel is alive by tapping on the shell.  If it stays open, it is dead, so throw it out.  Then discard the ones with cracked shells.  Put the live mussels in a bucket of clean, fresh, water for 15 minutes or longer.  This causes them to pump out the sand.

Then rip the beard off.  The beard is the weedy part growing near the shell joint.  Next, just put them on the hot grill and close the lid.  When the shell opens, they are ready to eat.  They are barely done, soft and tender, when they first open.  Some like to cook them a few minutes longer to make them more firm.  Do not eat the mussels that don’t open.

Mussels on the Barby
Mussels on the Barby

They don’t really smell that appetizing until you get them out of the shell.  But they are SO yummy!

Black California Mussels for Dinner
Black California Mussels for Dinner

There is a hard part that you’ll avoid eating but, basically, the whole thing is edible.  Melting some butter with garlic for dipping would have worked out better than what I did but they are a little salty and didn’t really need anything else for flavor.

Ancient Lavaflows at Bob Creek Wayside
Ancient Lavaflows at Bob Creek Wayside

We harvested our mussels from Bob Creek Wayside, on Hwy 101, between Cape Perpetua Campground and Rock Creek Campground on the central Oregon coast.  Don carried the knife.  I carried the camera. We ended up going different directions because he likes to cross the creek to get the best mussels and I didn’t want to get my shoes wet.

Goose Barnacles drip from Mussels
Goose Barnacles drip from Mussels

Bob Creek is a fun place for tidepooling too.  I like the way these goose barnacles look like they are dripping out of the mussels.

Sunny Day at Bob Creek Wayside
Sunny Day at Bob Creek Wayside

We’ve had 70’s – 80’s on the coast for our Cinco de Mayo weekend!

Tidepools at Bob Creek
Tidepools at Bob Creek

I had to really hunt to find one sea star.  I’ve seen a lot more in the past.  Maybe it’s not their migration time?  🙂

Tube Weed
Tube Weed

Tube Weed is hollow.  It dries out quickly and turns bright white.   I keep wanting to call it Angel Hair.

Giant Green Anemone
Giant Green Anemone

Don says you can eat the anemones too but the trick is cleaning them.  At least that’s what a cooking show said.  We didn’t try.

 

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Shifting Sands on Oregon Coast

Well, that’s not a very spectacular headline.

I mean, sands shift all the time.  Wind blows it.  Surf moves it.  Rain causes river levels to change which can cause the river’s path to change.

But it still amazes me how fast it can happen.

Big Creek - Tillicum Beach
100 yards of beach lost/gained

There has been a major change in direction at Big Creek over the last week.

Ok, since there are so many creeks by the same name, this is the Big Creek between Beachside State Park and Tillicum Beach Campground on the Oregon coast.

We noticed the change when we crossed the bridge.  You used to see it go almost straight out to the ocean from the bridge.  Now it curves directly to the south and disappears.  So I had to take a look from the beach today.  Sure enough, it wraps around the curve of the land.  If the rip-rap weren’t there, a property-owner would have lost real estate!

Big Creek - Tillicum Beach
Big Creek – moved 3 feet of sand

The ocean moved so much sand onto the beach that it caused the river to find a different pathway.  So it moved south about 100 yards.  The north side of the creek gained that much beach; in front of Arnold’s Beach Haven – Sandy Shores…to put in a plug for a friend.

Mind you there’s 8 miles of sandy beach between Waldport and Yachats and, to my knowledge, this is the only creek you’d have to ford to cover it all.  Tillicum Beach Campground sits midway.  So now if you need a longer walk from the campground, walk south.

High tide was 8.8 today and we’ve had slightly minus tides.  But I think it’s the storms that do more to move the sand than the tides do?

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Cape Perpetua Picture Guides

I love the people we workamp with!  They come from such varied backgrounds.

Tom Bright put together these picture guides, in pdf, when he and wife Cindy worked in Cape Perpetua Campground for the last two summers.

Tom also volunteered as a Tidepool Guide.

Take your pick or download all these interpretive guides for free.  The last one is a complete guide that contains all the others.

The file size is listed on the caption.  Click on the following photos to download the guides:

Cape Perpetua Campground Animals
Campground Animals (939 kb)
Cape Perpetua Campground Berries
Campground Berries (1 mb)
Cape Perpetua Campground Birds
Campground Birds (1.23 mb)
Cape Perpetua Tidepool Animals
Tidepool Animals (1.11 mb)
Cape Perpetua Tidepool Plants
Tidepool Plants (1.29 mb)
Cape Perpetua Picture Guide
Complete Guide (5.97 mb)

Frosty Trees

Cold temps and fog made pretty, frosty, trees on Alsea Mountain Pass today.

Frosty Pass - Coast Range
Frosty Pass – Coast Range

A car-picnic at Eckman Lake watchin’ the mallards on the Bay side of the causeway.

Mallards - Eckman Lake
Mallards – Eckman Lake

Crabbers are really workin’ it.

Watchin' the Crabbers from Tillicum
Watchin’ the Crabbers from Tillicum
Crabbers
Crabbers

We saw a couple rafts of sea lions off Tillicum Beach too.

Watchin' the Sea Lions from Tillicum
Watchin’ the Sea Lions from Tillicum

Sunny and Cold at the Beach

Sunshine warms my soul!

2 out of 7 electric sites are filled today
2 out of 7 electric sites are filled today

It got up to 43F today in Tillicum Campground.  With the warm sun out, though, it didn’t feel that cold.

RVs took 2 of the 7 electric/water sites and a camper took a beach overlook site by 3pm.  We have a total of 40 sites available during the winter.

From Tillicum Campground to Yachats
From Tillicum Campground to Yachats

This view is available from sites 17, 18, 26, 29, 30 and 31 in the winter.  In the summer it is also available from sites 41, 43, 44, 44A, 46, 48 and 49.

Come find your own treasure on Tillicum Beach
Big black and round yellow floats were found today

The Area Managers found 2 new floats today!  I’m going for a beach walk to see what I can find.

Easy Pickins on Tillicum Beach
Easy Pickin’s on Tillicum Beach

Lots of small driftwood.  I should have gotten some small pieces but I started picking up styrofoam and plastic and didn’t have room for non-garbage.

Styrofoam and plastic bottles
Styrofoam and plastic bottles

About half of the plastic bottles had Japanese printing on them.  Normal would be one or two but this is tsunami debris from the Japanese 2011 tsunami.

Seagull Turkish Bath
Seagull Turkish Bath

Seagulls like a fresh bath every now and then.  So they spend time in the creek just north of the campground.

Aspen Grove Campground, Strawberry Reservoir, near Heber City, UT

I have a few pix from our workamping gig, with American Land & Leisure, in the Strawberry Reservoir area near Heber City, UT, in 2010.

We didn’t work at Aspen Grove so the pix were taken before the season started; as you can tell by the bare aspen trees.

One couple works the campground and the area maintenance person also lives on-site.

You see much of the same wildflowers and wildlife here as in Lodgepole Campground; deer, moose, potguts (Uinta Ground Squirrel), hummingbirds, etc).

But if you’re looking for a campground on Strawberry that is smaller than the main one, Aspen Grove is lovely.  It is protected from the wind and the aspen provide shade from the high desert sun.  The campground overlooks the boat launch but American Land & Leisure does not operate it.

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There are about 60 campsites in Aspen Grove.  Some are reservable and some are first-come-first-served.  You can reserve a site up to 6 months in advance here: Recreation.Gov

Vitamin D Day

The sun came out.  I came up with an excuse to go to the beach.  Don’s got his own projects goin’ so he stayed home.

Beach Walk
Beach Walk

I think he knew I’d sneak in a beach walk after I got my work done.

Sanderlings
Sanderlings

I love watching these little birds.  I think they are Sanderlings.  They chase the waves out and the waves chase them back in.

If the wave catches up to them they fly to a different part of the beach; all the while peeping.

Tillicum Beach Driftwood
Tillicum Beach Driftwood

I passed just two groups of people on my walk.  Tillicum Beach is never crowded.

There are more people in the summertime but I’d never call it crowded (compared to Galveston).

Spindrift
Spindrift

The spindrift was gorgeous today.  And I counted 8 – 10 crab boats.

Crabbers Sunset
Crabbers Sunset

Don also saw me take the camera.  So waiting for the sunset was a given.

Meerkat Moment
Meerkat Moment

We always get a chuckle, while enjoying the sunset, at all the people who stop what they are doing to watch the sun go down.

We call those “meerkat moments” because we look like a bunch of meerkats.  (Google Meerkat)

I’ve often wondered why we’re drawn to watch the sunset.  Beauty, last glimpse of daylight, movement without sound, serenity…