In July, unable to wait until the next supper club, we decided to do an all-family outing to a Marin treasure, the Point Reyes National Seashore. True to our food loving origins, the centerpiece of the day was a leisurely lunch at the Hog Island Oyster Company, in Marshall. We cannot recall how many dozens of freshly shucked raw and barbecued oysters we all consumed, but we hope we left enough for others. A few of the children were the biggest oyster fans, emboldened by their desire for oysters to run place several orders on their parents’ tabs. A good exercise in leadership! We rounded out the meal with some lovely wine, including a Sancerre, baguettes, cheese, salads and salami. Chris demonstrated an unusual hidden talent of luring, trapping and then mercilessly killing a bee that was stalking us, using a golden raisin pickle (that Linda hadn’t gotten her fill of) as bait.
Sated, and before we depleted the entire bay of oysters, we then headed for a drive further down the seashore to Drakes Beach. It was cold, but that didn’t stop the kids from wading in the water and enjoying a typically windy and cold day of the Northern California summer.