A Fishy Move: Punching Salmon at the Hatchery

In the past, I was a planner. Our vacations always had an itinerary and our route was always mapped. But I changed my tune after our adventurer friend Ted Simon offered some great advice to me, just prior to hitting the road. “Don’t plan” he said. Forget the itinerary; don’t get a GPS; make wrong turns; and remember, it’s the journey, not the destination, he advised. So far, I think I’ve done a good job heeding his advice.

Take for example, my spontaneous decision to jump into the cold waters of the Oregon Hatchery Research Center, in Alsea.

We had stopped by to visit our friends Jim and Mary, who are workamping there for a while. The morning we were going to leave, Jim and Mary were working with the scientists, taking scale samples and tagging gigantic salmon with a hole punch. They asked us if we wanted to give it a go.

Jim wasn’t feeling good, so he didn’t want to do it. But I was torn; we needed to get on the road to make it to Eureka in time for our party. But, there was my chance to play ichthyologist for the morning. What to do?

I hesitated for a minute, but then told my inner trip planner voice to shut up , and went for it!

6 Responses to “A Fishy Move: Punching Salmon at the Hatchery”

  1. How cool was that? New and strange experiences are always worth it – I’m glad you put your inner trip planner aside to try it out!

  2. WOW! That is a cool video. Love the music! THe fish looked fine!! Good for you Rene. My friend Ro used to work at a hatchery in Oregon.

    Hey, it SNOWED at Big Lagoon yesterday!! The fish were pretty COLD!

    Happy Winter to you!

  3. I’ll bet you had fun. I find I have the most fun on things I didn’t plan for.

  4. ? icthioloWHAT ??

  5. Way to go, Rene! I would have been afraid I’d puncture the poor salmon in the eye or something….with all that slithering! What an adventure!

  6. Put that on your resume! Lol Did you smell like a slippery salmon afterward?

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