You might get as many reactions to eating oysters as there are religions in the world. There may be no more hedonisticly pleasurable food known to gastronomes.
I've heard that a hedonist is the follower of any ethical system in which some sort of pleasure ranks as the highest good. The Epicurean identifies this pleasure with the practice of virtue. Of course, anything that is pleasurable is, to some, morally suspect. At least, that's how I feel when eating oysters who lived free and filtered clean seawater only yesterday...
Add to this, good company on a beautifully inspiring spring day with unparalleled sailing. That would be the Twanoh State Park messabout, and the Puget Sound TSCA. I, for one, could wish everyday to be this good.
Puget Sound Chapter of the Traditional Small Craft Association is a heady title for a very down-to-earth group of small boat affectionatoes. You must be a hearty soul to gather in all weather, on the Olympic Peninsula, for fun. Twanoh Park is on the Hood Canal, in the Olympic rain forest. Human denizens of this climate have, for centuries innumerable, grown webbed feet and developed seal skin. The name of the park derives from the First Nation Twana tribes, better known as the Skokomish.
A large portion of the beach at Twanoh is a huge shellfish midden. A midden is, by Middle English definition, a refuse heap. Imagine pre-historic gatherings of humans on a rocky beach, where the tidal current runs strong and clean and the oyster and other mollusks are so plentiful all one must do is sit in the sun on the beach at low tide and eat your fill. Possibly after such a meal, you would be led to ponder why the Greeks are credited with the definition of gastronomia.
It would take years, nay millennia, for people to eat enough oysters to create a landfill of shell, at low tide, to form a peninsula that is high and dry at the most extreme high tide. In such a place, of which there are many still on the Salish Sea, if you repose in a meditative, contemplative posture, you can feel generations of satiated souls at your side. Such is Twanoh, Hood Canal, Salish Sea.