Now I have to clarify what I mean when I say the crabbing was "good." It was good for us because every 5 or 10 minutes the kids could pull up the basket and there was anywhere from three to 12 crabs in our basket. It was good because we were having a ton of fun, the weather was great, and we saw some harbour seals and a sea lion playing amongst the boats, and we observed a whole bunch of little jelly fish just floating along. But if we had been actually hoping to keep and eat anything, then the crabbing wasn't "good" at all because we didn't catch any crabs (of the good eating variety) that we could keep.
To keep a crab in Oregon it has to be 5 1/2 inches wide across the back. Every novice crabber has to have a measuring tool (the orange thing in the picture) which you place across the back of the crab to see if it measures up. The biggest one we caught was about 4 1/2 inches. We didn't feel to bad at not catching one, because there were a few others on the dock with crab rings and boxes and they weren't catching much of eating size either. These other crabbers were very kind to our kids, letting them watch them haul up their catch, teaching them how to put the crabs "to sleep," showing them the different types of crabs, and letting them help throw the little crabs back.
Overall, it was just a great time "going crabbing." We got to be outside, do something we had never done, and learn a lot. There are lots of big boats in the area that will be going crabbing out on the ocean when the season starts on December 1. The harbor is full of the boats, and all their crab rings are piled up on the dock waiting to be used. But for now, crabbing season is only open in the bay areas, which worked great for us. And while we didn't eat any crab on the coast, we did have some amazing fish and chips and clam chowder.
Sadly, our wonderful time on the Oregon Coast is almost done. We are currently staying at the last of the wonderful State parks that they have here in Oregon, and we will no longer be seeing this sign which led us to some of the most amazing parts of God's creation that we have ever encountered. Tomorrow, we will be leaving our "yurting lifestyle" behind as we head to California and the Redwood Forests. We are very thankful that God has provided us with a family to stay with next weekend, and we are also very excited that our ministry stay in Los Angeles has been confirmed beginning November 27.
So stay tuned for the further adventures of the Dueck 6!