This was new to me! The fishing for crabs this way!
This little guy was the lucky one to escape the dinner plate!
He, or she, measured half an inch too small to be taken.
The crab scampered sideways towards the water’s edge
and then quickly disappeared into the water …
The owner of this cool bucket builds and sells these popular triangular crab traps.
The traps hook onto a fishing pole and are baited using a chicken leg,
which is attached inside the trap.
When a crab enters the trap the line is pulled and the trap closes.
Some crabs are smart and attach themselves to the outside and therefore escape.
Adults need a valid fishing license and are limited to 12 crabs per day during the season.
A belted kingfisher perched above the river inlet
Once you walk through under the Highway 101 overpass the landscape opens up along the Siletz River. It’s a popular fishing area where salmon, steelhead and cutthroat coastal trout can be caught.
Next time I hope to explore the area up the river from here.
The view from back here towards the ocean
This area of the Oregon Coast has a fascinating natural history.
There are flowers thriving in the sand,
interesting pieces of driftwood strewn about,
there’s wide open space
and then there’s Taft Dock, perched high above it all.
From the dock you can see all the activity along the shore.
This was the busiest I’ve seen it in a long time!
“Mo’s” is a popular place to eat along the coast and I really like their mural.
In this part of town you’ll find not only small local shops and eateries,
but also artisan glass blowers creating and selling their works of art.
Walking back towards the beach, I heard a white-crowned sparrow singing.
It was so peaceful!
Nice to see so many people out and about, enjoying a day at the beach.
With vultures soaring above my head
and soft sand under my feet
I was ready to go watch the heron and seals across the inlet.
This adventure will continue shortly!