The vast majority of visitors come to Crescent City and Hiouchi, and the bnb for that matter, for just one thing. To go mano a mano with the mighty coast redwood, the tallest living trees. That’s because among the thousands remaining old-growth redwoods that range from the Oregon border south to Santa Cruz, the tallest are here in Redwood National Park (and everyone knows by now that the biggest redwood of all, the Lost Monarch, is only minutes from the bnb). But there are other great sights to see and other excellent adventures to be had nearby. Think mushrooming, lighthouse spotting, whale watching, clamming, and fishing to name a few. Crabbing is another local favorite.
Meg and Bill and I went out for our annual crabbing adventure recently (after we chowed down on some breakfast), and it’s worth mentioning now because for the next few months in Del Norte County one can augment days of hiking among the redwoods with a little cruising for crab in Crescent City harbor. Be forewarned tho that the crabbing of late hasn’t been stellar, but as sport fishermen and women the stakes are aligned with fun and not fortune.
What you’ll need is a boat, crab pots, bait, rope, some empty detergent containers as floats, a fishing license, some mates and patience. Breakfast up front helps (we chowed down at the Fisherman’s Restaurant by the harbor), but then it’s get the boat in the water and set your pots. You’re then going to have to row from pot to pot to pot to pot checking on your catch.
What will it get you besides a sunburn or a drenching in the rain (depending on the weather of course)? You could make it back to the bnb with pounds and pounds of Dungeness and rock crab. Or you could come back with just an appetite.
We did pretty bad this year, netting about eight crabs all together. Meg and I cooked up one paltry Dungeness Salmon Livornese and a Shrimp Creole and a semi-sad rock crab. But they both tasted great in our soup.
Either way, it’s a good day’s adventure — and an excuse to have a 10,000 calorie breakfast!