Once again, The Boat Guy crew had a great time on our latest successful adventure. We were out to learn a thing or two about shrimping in the Pacific Northwest. Thanks to two great experts, we came away with some valuable knowledge, a bucket full of shrimp (spot prawns to be precise), and a wonderful time!
The only thing I knew about shrimping prior to shooting this episode is that I needed some sort of license.
After a quick trip to Outdoor Emporium in Seattle, I was licensed and ready to kill… and boil, and eat! But, we still needed someone to actually take us on their boat and show us how to catch shrimp! The folks at NMTA introduced us to their Director of Fishing Affairs, Tony Floor. Tony was great and extremely knowledgeable. He runs the Northwest Salmon Derby Series and writes a blog called Tony’s Tackle Box. In September, the Northwest Salmon Derby Series will actually give away the boat that we shot this episode on!
This episode was even more fun than usual for me, as it was near my cabin (“Racer’s Rest Resort, Ale House and Spa”) near Port Townsend, WA. Spending time at the cabin is heaven for me! Time there, with my family and friends, is one of my great pleasures in life. I even treasure time there alone, well, almost alone, as I usually have Fergus the reluctant “Boat Dog” with me. Even in the winter, with the rain driving down and the wind whipping Puget Sound into an ominous, threatening body of water, it’s still the place I most want to be.
The Boat Guy crew (Sam, Michelle, and I) headed up the day before shrimping, built a roaring fire in the outdoor fire pit, had a beer (maybe two), and chatted late into the night. That’s kind of what happens at Racer’s Rest Resort, Ale House and Spa. I wanted a place, away from the congested, fast-moving city that Seattle has become. A place where my family and friends could slow down, way down, do some sleeping in, cook some great meals, and simply share time together.
My friend John Potter was there too! John, who lives down the beach from me, has taught me a great deal about playing music and about life in general. He is one of the sweetest human beings I’ve ever encountered. So, I got to enjoy a few of my favorite things. Time at the cabin with friends, learning new skills, time on the water, freshly caught seafood and playing music with my pals. It’s really great being “The Boat Guy!” Ahhh!