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Bay Center, WA   08/18-19/08 (Day 675-676)
Weather Check #1

As we leave the Portland, Oregon area it starts to rain (the first precip we’ve seen in months), forcing us to change our plans on the fly (not the first time, and not the last) and re-route to the coast—where gray, drizzly weather can be called “moody”—instead of toward Mt. Rainier where the clouds and storms will just make things gloomy and totally obscure any views or shots of the mountains.

So it’s off to Bay Center off the Washington coast. Just a couple of miles from our destination, we make another brief detour into the parking lot of a local seafood market right on Willapa Bay which is peppered with signs declaring the place “The Oyster Capitol of the World.”

Wilapa Bay
Willapa Bay, Washington: Oyster Capital of the World???

The woman who serves us at the seafood market tells us that one in five oysters eaten around the world come from Willapa Bay and assures us that the salty delicacies are currently very good, even though August is a month that does not end in “r.”

We walk out of the seafood market with two dozen oysters (a true bargain at $10.50) and the hope that we can find the shucking knife we’ve got squirreled away “somewhere” in the truck or in the Airstream.

The only bad thing about having so much storage space in our Safari SE is that sometimes we forget where we put seldom used items, like an oyster shucking knife. Luckily, we find the necessary tool quickly and easily (it was in the Rubbermaid tub marked “pantry” in the bottom half of the lock box in the back of our truck, if you must know), and Eric gets down to the messy business of lunch on the picnic table by our site in the Bay Center KOA.

Schucking oysters while trying to keep all 10 fingers attached.

The shellfish (and the Airstream) attracts the folks in the site next to ours. They’re shellfish fans too and have been successfully digging for clams every evening on the beach down a short path from the campground.

By the time we clean up the oyster mess the rain returns so we retreat into the Airstream. It’s our first real storm in the Safari and, man, rain is loud on an Airstream roof—but so much less distressing than a night of leak maintenance in a tent!



** This isn't a normal photo gallery with a slideshow because this post originally appeared on our Airstream blog. **

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