The pier in Garibaldi calls you like a beacon. A thrill for little runners, the pier jets about 225 yards into the bay and stands 30 feet above the water at high tide. At low tide you can literally see the crabs side stepping below the timbers.
Raw chicken dipped in crab pheromone – yummmmy! At least for a crab it is. Dropping a pot from a rope 30 feet down to the ocean – a kid's dream.
My daughter holds the sound crew's boom microphone. "The furry stuff is so you don't hear the wind in the video." But it definitely captured her giggling.
Ready for my closeup! The kids catch a male keeper crab and Brian catches the action.
Chef John Newman lands a big guy. His crab cakes draw diners from miles around, but his favorite way to enjoy it is fresh from the cook pot with warm butter.
How not to get pinched by those claws: hold the crab with your thumb on top and your forefinger on bottom, right between the back legs.
Bucket-full of dinner. You can cook them on the beach, or the Garibaldi Marina will cook them for you.
Sunset over the Pacific.

Last week we set out on a perfect October day to shoot the Oregon Bounty Wanderfeast video about crabbing, in the coastal bay town of Garibaldi. Crabbing is a rite of passage for Oregonians, and after 7 years in the state, I still hadn’t experienced the ritual. Chef John Newman, of Newmans at 988 restaurant in Cannon Beach is an expert at all things Dungeness, so my kids and I followed the production crew and John to see what we could pull up. I didn’t anticipate how thrilling it would be—my kids absolutely squealing with excitement as they hauled up a pot of crabs for the first time. So easy, affordable and so incredibly memorable.

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