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June 22, 2010: Joe Leonard Oyster House

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Our neighbor and fellow oyster farmer Gary M. heard about our oyster shack documentation project and stopped by the other day with a collection of old photos to share. The oyster shack pictured below stands at the mouth of the Waketikeh Creek, the drainage immediately north of the Hamma Hamma. It's an old CCC cabin that was dragged down to the waterfront in the early 1940s. Between 1943 and 1945 several additions were built onto the building, as you can see in the photos below. The building was used as a shucking shack by the family up until the 1980s....

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Jun 14, 2010: Lilliwaup Oyster Shack

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Our tour of Hood Canal oyster shacks continues with a stop in downtown Lilliwaup. According to John, who grew up in Lilliwaup proper and now shucks oysters for Hama Hama, when this shed was in use back in the 50s and 60s oyster farmers used to anchor big barges full of oysters out front for processing.    

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May 3, 2010: Shrimping Out Deep

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We just about got skunked last weekend during the first recreational shrimp opening of the year.  Normally we shrimp at about 150 to 200 feet, and normally we do really well. There were 10 of us shrimping in the same area this year, but at 11 am, when we pulled our first pull, not a single one of us had caught a single shrimp. Zero. Zip. We panicked, and moved the pots as deep as our rope allowed, but when it was all over only one of us had limited. Another couple caught 20 to 30 shrimp each, one person...

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Apr 12, 2010: Bird Notes

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Killdeer are darling little birds and their high-pitched calls echo across the oyster farm on summer evenings. A couple of days ago Dave noticed that a mother killdeer had built an oyster shell nest in a gravel pile near the shucking plant. Today one of the eggs hatched. It was a very slow process.... we filmed the egg for about 10 minutes and got about 16 seconds of action. (And don't worry: we didn't actually help the bird.) We went back to the nest a half hour later and the bird had hatched and its shell was gone, but it...

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Feb 8, 2010: Daylight Low Tides Smell So Good

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Friday both the tide and the sun were out during the day, and it was marvelous.

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