Monday, March 25, 2013

Kalifornia with Kids: Santa Barbara Pier

We just spent a wonderful day walking / biking the pier in Stearn's Wharf in Santa Barbara.  We thought it would be a nice idea to rent some bikes:

 We finally made our choice and were off to the pier... It was a lot harder than I thought too.

We took a short break and were lucky to meet a Crab person? getter? catcher? whatever.... His tee shirt had "Got crabs?" emblazoned on it --- of course.  He invited us to see his catch of crabs for the day.
It was impressive to say the least.

Some of the  Facts:
1. All  red rock crabs.
2. He can haul in any thing from 1200 lbs. to 2000 lbs at the height of the season!
3.  Today the haul was 1600 lbs. 
4. These crabs don't seem to be in any danger ecologically. There are lots to be found.
5.  When he sets traps he puts in 100 lbs. frozen bait.
6. A few days later  he uses a hydraulic sort of crane to lift them out of the water.
7. Then he dumps them into plastic bins inside a big vat of ice water to knock them out a bit.
8. Boat full of crabs heads back to the pier to be unloaded and delivered to customers!

Santa Barbara was beautiful and we had such a great time with our friends!!

The beach was beautiful too.

California is a great place to take your kids!