We arrived at Winchester Bay, but were greeted with a big disappointment. NO dungeness crab! Imkelina had been salivating about getting her whole fresh crab here for the last week and now come to find out no fresh crab in any restaurant, seafood store or any commercial fishermen's net. We were told that the crab had not completed their molting process. So...plan B...a dozen BlaNic grilled oysters...super fresh and HUGE...for they were farmed that very morning. And I do love it when Imke can OD on oysters! She is so "dainty" when she devours a dozen or so.
"World Famous" Umpqua Aquaculture oyster farm is located in the triangular breakwater of Winchester Bay, where the Umpqua River meets the Pacific Ocean. The oysters are grown on suspended long lines, off the ocean floor in cold ocean water and clean river water, thus oysters free of any nasty bottom sediment. You can definitely taste the difference in their meat. And, although hard to believe, they are even more delicious than Tognazzini's Dockside in Morro Bay.
We took a short hike on the Tahkenitch Dunes Trail, which we had never done. This was a fun afternoon hike through spruce forests and large dunes, as it lazily skirted along a stream with may viewpoints providing views of the Pacific Ocean.