Friday, March 27, 2009

Crabbing with Grandpa Dysart

Today we got to go crabbing with Grandpa Dysart and Raphael. I was just a bystander as I don't have a crabbing license. The boys could help because they don't need one.

At the dock in Garibaldi. Michael and Nephi just got their life jackets on and are super excited to go in the boat!
Raphael getting his rain gear on. We were glad to have it today. We had lots and lots and lots of misty/rainy/foggy weather today. But then again....we are on the Oregon coast!

Grandpa getting on his gear.

Getting situated in Grandpa's boat amidst all the crab pots. Two boys are super duper excited!

Grandpa. Our boat driver.

Me. We are leaving the dock and heading out.

Rapheal getting a crab pot ready. He had 9 to take care of.

Grandpa and Raphael getting a crab pot ready to go over. The rope wound up in there is 60 feet long or so. The bay usually isn't deeper than 50 feet so this gives plenty of rope for the buoys to float on the water.

The water was a bit choppy. Not super bad though. We had the tide coming in while we were out. Then the tide turned to go out and when either happens - it creates a channel of sorts and you can see the currents hard at work.

Bringing in crab pot. Not an easy task. Sometimes the rope goes under the boat. Sometimes the rope gets near the motor. Sometimes the rope gets tangled with someone else's rope if they put their pots too close.
The floats for one of the crab pots. Grandpa has 2 usually. They have his name and phone number so if he can't find a crab pot hopefully some honest soul will call and let him know they have his stuff.
By the time this picture was taken we were starting to get cold. Nephi was a real trooper. My hands quit working after a while. Couldn't bend my fingers much less move them at all. Michael thought this was the greatest thing on earth!

And we are off to check the pots! Look at us fly!

Michael helping Raphael pull in a crab pot.

Nephi helping pull in a crab pot. Overall we saw lots and lots of baby ones and female ones. We were only able to keep about 8-9. Sometimes Grandpa comes back with 20-30 crab. This spring break trip isn't one of those times. :(


Sheri said...

Yum! Crab! Sounds like the boys had a fun spring break.

Andrea said...

How fun! If you can't enjoy an outing with a little rain and cold, then you aren't a true Oregonian. LOL! Way to brave the elements!

Carrie said...

It's like a mini Deadliest Catch right here on your blog! LOL

I just love this picture! The's the place to be!

I just love this picture!  The's the place to be!
I think this was in 2004. It was Nephi's first trip to the beach. The boys were all so little! My have they grown.

Meet the Parents...Russell and Candace

Meet the Parents...Russell and Candace
It all started for us when Russell left for Cape Town South Africa on a mission. Candace felt inspired to write him - so she did! We wrote for 3 1/2 years. Candace came home from her mission to the Texas Houston East Mission and we dated for 5 months. We married in July 1994 and have been happy ever after!

Son 1...Donovan

Son 1...Donovan
Our 14 year old boy scouter, 50 miler bike rider, cartoon drawer, computer gamer, book reader, clarinet player, babysitter, 8th grader boy!

Son 2...Christopher

Son 2...Christopher
Our 13 year old, boy scouter, harry potter computer gamer, lego creator, imaginator, book reader, 6th grader boy!

Son 3...Michael

Son 3...Michael
Our 9 1/2 year old drama king, perfectionist (I wonder if he gets that from mom? lol), drawer of many things, 3rd grader boy!

Son 4...Nephi

Son 4...Nephi
Our8 year old keeper of surprises, leg breaker, book listener, lego creator, music enjoyer, 1st grader boy!