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Oregon’s rivers are crowded with fishermen/women, as the chinook season draws to a close.  We’re grateful for all the healthy salmon we’ve eaten here, and grateful for all those who fished for our dinners.

Walking along estuaries, ocean beaches and riversides this week, we’ve met many old-timers and many new to fishing, all eager to share their stories.  I’m especially thankful for their keen desire to keep the fisheries sustainable, from Oregon’s famous Dungeness crab to tiny, bay shrimp.

I’m thankful too because these waterways are clean, and the people who depend on them are conservationists too.  These rivers, like the Pacific Ocean, are gorgeous in their natural beauty, and autumn bounty.

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