A venturing Fourth

Our 23-foot bathtub toy

The best way to make a tiny truck camper seem spacious and well-appointed is to spend the weekend on a 23-foot boat. That’s what Kevin and I did over the July 4th weekend, and we came home with a new appreciation of our camper’s amenities. We also came home happy and smelly, with a cooler […]

Now you seed ’em

That's about 60,000 oysters

As those of you who come here regularly know, last year was a bust, oyster-wise. The brutal weather killed 90% of our overwintered crop, leaving us with almost nothing but a bumper crop of oyster shell to put on our driveway (which, I have to say, is much improved – it’s an ill wind that […]

My first camping trip

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I’m 53 years old, and I just went camping for the very first time. It’s not that I didn’t have other chances; you can’t live on this planet for 53 years without being presented with the opportunity to camp. It’s that I was dead-set against it. Sleeping on the ground holds no charms for me. […]

The best smoked trout on the planet

First, catch a trout.

You know me. You know I almost never tell you how to do anything. There’s a good reason for that. If you want to learn how to do something, the best strategy, by far and away, is to learn from the people who spend a lot of time getting good at that one thing. Want […]

That sinking feeling

Kevin, hog ringing

Kevin’s been spending time in rehab. Not that kind of rehab. Oyster tray rehab. From the time our oysters are a little under two inches long until we sell them, they live in three-by-four foot trays. Each tray is made out of pvc-coated one-inch wire mesh. There are several variables in the trays, and you […]