Friday, June 29, 2012
Chuckanut Drive and Oyster Bar
Heading back towards Vancouver from Seattle, there is a beautiful scenic route off the highway called Chuckanut Drive that hugs the coastlines of Samish and Chucknut Bays between the towns of Burlington and Bellingham. En route is a restaurant called The Oyster Bar that has a spectacular view of the bays and Chuckanut mountain ranges, especially if you sit on the outdoor terrace. Being a relatively cool day when we arrive, we are initially the only ones to brave the terrace, which in nicer weather would be packed. Instead of cushions, each patio chair is draped with a plush blanket for warmth and protection from dampness.
As we sat there enjoying our meal, we watched the tide go down and the oyster beds started to appear. The Pacific oysters from our lunch were grown from seed and harvested from the farms right in front of us. You could call this the 100 feet diet. Talk about freshness! We kept track of three oyster farmers in tall wading boots as they gingerly walked out into the low tide to inspect the oysters. It felt like I was witnessing a live reenactment of last year's Oscar winning short film "The Shore" which featured three such characters.
To make a fabulous experience even better, the sun made a rare appearance for one of the few times on our trip. Sitting there with the amazing view, great food, fresh air and sunshine - life was good.