Wednesday, January 2, 2013

From a distance.

This is my neighborhood. A few houses around the lake, a few more on the hills, a strip of shops and services on the main road, small cottages here and there in the forest all around, bogs, farms and ranches, all inhabited by folks who came here to find paradise. The town started as a fort, protecting loggers from native tribes, when logging was the primary industry here,  before fishing.

There is even a road called Paradise Point Road.

To those who have lived here all their lives, the rhythm of the town circles the fishing season. Though we have just fifty or so fishing families, the industry is the only one left here, after logging disappeared. The original cottages are still here, built for fishermen or loggers, two bedrooms, a wood stove, a yard to store the boat off season, and a place to keep the cords of wood needed to keep warm during stormy days.

Our crab season was late this year. It missed the holidays, and everyone was panicking. It is during the holidays that crab moves. People pay top price to have a crab meal for Christmas or New Year!

The whole coast was anticipating  December 31st, opening  day for crab fishing, worrying that a bad first day would break most folks who make a living  here.  When boats returned with their catch, the town celebrated!

Crab will be on people's tables, only a bit late, and maybe even cheaper, because the catch is amazing!

The Port provides the last industry for young families. Without a healthy catch, families cannot afford living in this paradise. Enjoy your dungeness crab, wherever you are. Know that it is not a staple, but a luxury item. It is available only a few months of the year, when they are big and plump. Also, know that there is not a single fisherman who has become rich from fishing. Rather,  many have perished doing this job.


  1. mmm glad for the amazing catch...i love crab...and for those that depend on it as well....its a hard life...especially being dependent on the catch....

  2. Thank you for the crabby update! :) (since i LOVE crabs.)
    Hope you & Ken had a wonderful holiday.

  3. I love hearing about towns like this and not an easy job either. Just like farmers they don't get rich from it but more the satisfaction that they worked hard to bring people such great food.

  4. This was quite interesting. Thanks for sharing this. I think it is important to remember that dungeness crab is not a staple but a luxury, and it is important to remember those who provide this luxury for us.

    I will never forget the feast of dungeness crab we had in Alaska. I was just thinking of that meal yesterday. It is one of those meals that stands out in memory as a favorite.

  5. I'm not one who eats a lot of seafood, probably because I didn't grow up eating it. We had catfish and other local fish occasionally, but nothing like crab. I don't think I'd even eaten shrimp until I was past 30. So, I find this connection you feel with the fishermen of your area interesting. I'm wondering how you prepare the crab?

  6. I grew up on the other coast and fish/seafood drove our menu. My Mom's father was a fisherman so she cooked items from the sea well. It's a treasured memory.

  7. Such a beautiful place to live ... I love crab and know how difficult it is to make a living doing that, thankful for the good catch and promise of a good season for your local fisherman/crabbers.