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An irregular marking on the exterior of Native American pottery: usually resulting from burning fuel coming in direct contact with the vessel during firing

Tuesday, 14 July 2009

Halibut Royale

Charleston, Oregon

This place had frozen halibut. I had to buy paprika, scallions, sour cream and dry white wine to make the recipe.

1 cup dry white wine
2 tsp. salt
1 lb. Alaska Halibut steaks
¼ cup fine dry bread crumbs
½ cup each sour cream & mayonnaise
¼ cup minced green onions

Combine wine and salt; pour over halibut. Marinate in refrigerator at least 1 hour. Drain halibut on paper towels; dip both sides in breadcrumbs. Place halibut in shallow buttered baking dish. Combine sour cream, mayonnaise and green onions; spread over halibut. Sprinkle with paprika. Bake at 400°F for 10 minutes per inch of thickness, measured at the thickest part, or until halibut flakes when tested with a fork.

The Beatles song, "Come Together" came over the FM today. "One and One and One make Three" and "Come together over me". This seemed at the time to be proof that Paul was dead. We remember the "Paul is dead" sensation. We tried to play "Number nine" backwards to prove it but didn't know how.

He blew his mind out in a car
He didn't notice that the lights had changed
A crowd of people stood and stared
They'd seen his face before
Oregon is known for spectacular tide pools. We saw some today on a long fin of sandstone that extended 400 yards out into the Pacific.

The fin has tide pools at low tide, but the "sneaker waves" will wash you away if you wait for the tide to come in. I was standing on the beach taking pictures when a rogue sneaker wave came in and got my sneakers wet.

The temperature here rarely rises above 70 degrees F. It's a great place to spend summers if you don't like being hot..

Last night I woke at 2:30 AM with a wet sensation in my ear.

The rocks here have been carved into very strange shapes by the waves.

It's a wonderful place to wander and take pictures.

These black seabirds were clinging to a cliff. I think at first thatthey might be black oystercatchers, but then Colm, over in Ireland, tells me they are comorants...he's right.

Today is out last day in Charleston before heading north to look for more tide pools. There are several State Parks nearby that we want to explore before we leave. One has some 200 foot waterfalls. Another has tide pools. This morning fog limited visibility to 50 feet at the water's edge. Maybe it will disperse later.


  1. They don't look like oystercatchers. They look more like shags or cormorants to me.

  2. You are right. they look nothing like oystercatchers and exactly like cormorants....