Doryman just got back from this year's Depoe Bay Wooden Boat Show and Crab Feed. Being one of the first local shows of the season, the question on everyone's mind is the weather. The participants and visitors to this annual April event are true coastal denizens who know to bring layers of clothing and be prepared for everything from sun to hail to snow.
This year, the weather gods smiled on Depoe Bay and though we felt a
few sprinkles, the sun peeked out from behind scattered clouds often
enough to keep spirits high. The harbor is a tiny hole in the rocks named for old Chief
Depoe, who welcomed white settlers here in the late 1800's. The once
thriving commercial fishery has been reduced, but a lively charter
service thrives on the local bottom fishery and whale watching. There's a
lot of pride in this little coastal town and the residents pull out the
stops to welcome guests with fresh cooked crab and amateur boat
builders come from all around to show their craft and get caught up with
gossip after a long, wet winter.
As for gossip,
Doryman often gets so consumed with visiting, he almost forgets to take
pictures to share with all of you. So here are a few, though to see
all the boats, you'll have to stop in next year yourself. You won't be disappointed, I guarantee it. Don't forget your
raincoat and sunscreen!