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Jason Ragan, director of clam and oyster farming at Taylor Shellfish, pulls a boat in to the shore to take workers on a tour of their Sammish Bay farms, Thursday, March 22, 2018, near Bellingham. (Sy Bean / Seattle Refined)

Let's Go Places: Oyster Harvesting

We all know the saying, "The world is your oyster." But what you might not know is that you don't need to travel far to shuck and slurp some of the best oysters in the world.

Taylor Shellfish Farms in Shamish Bay is just an hour and a half outside of Seattle and offers some of the freshest oysters in the Pacific Northwest. Grab some friends and enjoy a scenic drive along Chuckanut Drive to order a tray of oysters, sip some local beer and wine and barbecue your favorite shellfish by the waterfront picnic area.

But what's Taylor Shellfish Farm's secret for that delicious, fresh-out-of-the-water taste? Sustainability. Their company values match closely with Toyota's, whose 2018 Camry Hybrid XLE is the perfect ride for a drive to the salty tide.


After proudly being the best-selling car in America for 15 years, Toyota's iconic Camry was completely redesigned for 2018 with the launch of its eighth-generation model.

The Camry Hybrid impresses drivers with its optimized fuel economy and reliability, averaging 52 miles per gallon combined. For gas models, fuel economy is rated at an EPA-estimated 32 miles per gallon combined--a 26 percent improvement over the previous model.


Advanced technology and cutting-edge tools put drivers in control, while offering maximum safety. The Camry Hybrid XLE has an available 7-inch color multi-information display and 8-inch multimedia touch screen with step-by-step directions, safety information and alerts and navigation controls, as well as the available Safety Connect's enhanced 24/7 Roadside Assistance and Service Connect's remote diagnostics linked directly to your local dealer.

The 2018 Camry also uses Toyota Safety Sense on all grades, including Pre-Collision System (PCS) with Pedestrian Detection, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control System (DRCC)*, Lane Departure Alert (LDA) with Steering Assist and Automatic High Beams (AHB).


The all-new Camry is available in five grades: L, LE, XLE, SE and XSE. Each model provides a high-quality, comfortable and stable ride. Additionally, its improved EV motor produces more torque and a new SPORT drive mode setting allows for an increase in power from the hybrid system for improved acceleration response.

Along with its new platform, an all-new 3.5-liter V6 or 2.5-liter 4-cylinder Dynamic Force Engine and Direct Shift eight-speed automatic transmission are technologies that have evolved. The Camry Hybrid is powered by a next-generation Toyota Hybrid System (THS II) with the 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder and Continuously Variable Transmission (ECVT).

Peak horsepower is estimated at 206 at 6,600 rpm with torque estimated at 186 pound-feet at 5,000 rpm. For hybrid models, fuel economy is rated at an EPA-estimated 52 mpg combined.


Evolving to a more sleek, seductive and sporty sedan, the new Camry's wider stance, unique catamaran-inspired accents and black or metallic bright grilles demand to be seen. You can choose from a wide range of colors, including midnight black metallic, ruby flare pearl, and blue crush metallic. Pacific Northwesterners, rest assured that you'll always arrive to your destinations fashionably and in complete confidence.

The 2018 Camry gas models starts at $23,495 for the value-driven L grade 4-cylinder to $34,950 for the Premium XSE V6. The MSRP for the hybrid ranges from $27,800 for the LE to $32,250 for the XLE.

For more information about this amazing vehicle, visit one of the local Western Washington Toyota Dealers near you today. You can also visit to read more about the Camry and to see interior and exterior pictures.