(Chuck) The last time we were in Winchester Bay was in 2009. We spent several weeks in the Northwest with family and left the Seattle area with Dean and Judy to tour the Olympic Peninsula and venture down the coast. We stopped in Winchester Bay and spent several days with the Roving Rods as they crabbed for Dungeness Crab. The crab and the friends were good, however the weather was bad. We moved on inland after a few days. This year was different. Diana and George organized a Boomerang at the Bay and we found the weather to be excellent. We came early and stayed late and spent two weeks. It is just blacktop boondocking, but we were there with over 25 Boomer rigs. Our parking area was wonderful with the view of the sailboats in the marina. It is not often that you get a front yard view like that. It is just another awesome experience that is available in this lifestyle.
(Jan) Diana arranged a busy week around crabbing and fishing. There was a Happy Hour each day with activity reports & announcements. The Margarita Boomers Steve & Kay made Margaritas a couple of nights and the group responded with Heavy Hors du voures. We went to eat as a group to Don’s Main Street Diner where the food was good and the pies & desserts were amazing. Friday morning several in the group, Judy, Jan, Dianne, Diana & Dona – at left, drove over to the Farmer’s Market in Reedsport. On Sunday night Dianne & I hosted a Potluck over on our Dock C with a gorgeous view of the crab docks and the bay. Connie hosted yummy Seafood Tacos several nights later. Diana arranged for a Charter Fishing Trip for Ling Cod and Rock Fish and many set crab traps along the Crab Docks. We sure had fun!
|The docked Sailboats at Sunset||Some of the group at Happy Hour||Crabbing Dock & Boat Launch|
(Chuck) Frank and I fished for salmon without success. When you can fish in these conditions catching a fish would be a nice perk, but it does not make or break my day. Throwing a lure in the sunshine with good friends is on the top of my list.
We were fortunate to find a fishing boat in port with Albacore Tuna. The captain was a little disappointed to return with only 48 tuna but we were happy to purchase one of them. We bought an 18 pound fish for $2.75 a pound live weight. .30 cents a pound to dress the fish and soon we had 11 pounds of Albacore Tuna to vacuum seal and put in the freezer. It it yummy when grilled.
There is an oyster farm in the ocean by the entrance to the Bay. They harvest oysters each day and always have fresh oysters available. On Saturday afternoon Dean purchased three dozen for three couples to feast on. They cost about $10 dollars per dozen for the medium size. We actually could not eat all of them even though we tried. They were delicious. Frank expertly fixed them on the grill and if we do it again they will be grilled just like Frank did it.
(Jan) Although Chuck & I did not put out crab pots, we were the grateful recipients of 9 Dungeness crabs from our friends Richard & Peggy. We shared them with Dean & Judy and Frank & Dianne. The last week included a wonderful dinner out with Frank & Dianne, George & Diana, Larry & Connie and us at Benetti’s in Coos Bay for Frank & Dianne’s 49th Anniversary. Bellissimo! And on the last night the five of us Boomers left, Chuck & I, Steve and Connie & Larry had Crab Alfredo, salads & brownies at Connie and Larry’s. What a wonderful time it has been here at Winchester Bay.