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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.

 

Meerkat Moments

As the sun starts to go down over the Pacific people find a place to pull off Hwy 101 to watch it set.

Ocean Beach Day Use
Ocean Beach Day Use

We like to call them “meerkat moments” because we all look like a bunch of meerkats as we are lined up gazing, silently, at the sun.

On this late September Thursday evening, there’s hardly any traffic on Hwy 101.

Sunset From Rock Creek Overlook
Sunset From Rock Creek Overlook

Rock Creek and Cape Perpetua Campgrounds closed this week.  Wish we could keep them open longer for the few people who would camp in them!  But there are just not enough campers to keep them open.  Tillicum, Alder Dune and Sutton are beautiful campgrounds just off Hwy 101.  The drive between them (Yachats to Florence, Oregon) is worth spending a day on; tide pools, hiking, vistas, whale watching, beach walking, surf fishing, shellfish harvesting, Sea Lion Caves, Heceta Head Lighthouse and, of course, the sunset.