Road Trippin' : Coastal Cruising
BROOKINGS, Ore. —
Those who live in Brookings call it a secret, but it’s one they’ll gladly share.
“I have a lot of friends who live in the Rogue Valley and they split their time between the mountains and the ocean. I can imagine when you guys wake up, you can take a look at the weather and decide which direction to go,” Greg Williams says about the weather.
Williams is with the Brookings Harbor Chamber of Commerce. He says right now, in winter, is a perfect time for a visit to his city.
He says there are several restaurants that aren’t chains and the city takes on a quiet feel now that summer is over.
"A lot of times in December and January, we'll have temperatures sometimes in the 80s and days like this. I mean we have rain, but we also have days like this, clear skies and wonderful fresh air to just go out into joy. The fishing is phenomenal here, you have two rivers to choose from, three really if you go into California. And of course, the ocean, which I have to admit, I do spend a little time on myself,” Williams says.
For Frank Moulton, it’s a bit of a slow period. He’s a captain for Tidewinds Sport Fishing.
“Generally during the year, we sport fish during the summer and most of the Tidewinds crew goes commercial crabbing during the winter,” Moulton says.
Currently, the Food and Drug Administration has closed commercial crabbing due to the high levels of domoic acid found in crabs.
“Right now, it's mostly weather that's holding us off and not having clientele and we're just in between in seasons. So, there’s not a lot going on right now and the guys are getting the commercial crabbing pots to go commercial crabbing.”