It was cold yesterday. Online weather reports had varying degrees of temperatures from 6 to 15 degrees F, with a wind chill factor varying from -1 to -15F. Regardless of what the temperature was...it was cold. Besides the cold weather it was also a negative low tide, meaning the water would be out further than most days which gives easy access to hibernating oysters. Cap'n Tidy asked us to check on the oysters a couple weeks ago while he is away in the Bahamas for a few weeks, knowing these couple of days would be a really low tide, but not knowing what the weather temperature would be. Never having been fond of the cold, I was not looking forward to it. But, it was actually awesome...really pretty. I loved it. No one else was out except for a few tough birds.
Here are some pictures of the walk out and back:
Someone drove out to check the tide, then changed their mind and decided not to go out. There was about half-an-inch of ice covering the sand all the way out to the oysters, which is roughly a 250 yard walk.
The oysters are in hard plastic mesh bags, and the bags are on rod iron racks which sit about a foot and a half off the ground. Thousands of oysters are in all the ice covered bags.
The camera stopped focusing because of the cold. There was a few inches of slush on top of a foot of water I had to walk through as I checked to make sure the bags were securely fastened to the racks.
The walk back.
The water on my legs froze.
Now I just need a new wetsuit so I can surf in this weather.
Hope you are warm and happy wherever you may be.