Dec 10, 2009: HH IceBreaker

Farm work


It has been really, really cold here for the past week, and the Canal is full of floating ice bergs. Above, Nathan and Miguel are cutting their way through the ice to reach the oyster tubs. When the tide goes out it leaves solid sheets of ice on the intertidal beaches. Louie recalls that in 1949 Quilcene Bay and Pleasant Harbor Bay froze solid... and that somebody even took a horse and sleigh out on the ice. We're not asking for anything that spectacular, but we do hope to be ice skating by tomorrow on some of the area ponds. Hama Hama oysters are now officially ice cold.


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  • Oyster Fan on

    I actually wasn’t here Sunday morning but I guess the Canal got a dusting of snow. Saturday it looked pretty much frozen all the way across in some places. I’ll check out your photos!

  • Bruce on

    What happened Sunday morning down your way?? The canal froze up as far as we could see at Frenchman’s Cove. Mounds of ice on the shore…very noisy. Incredible scene. See pix on my FB page!

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