Friday, January 23, 2015
Keep Clam and other adventures on the Beach!
My dear husband (in the red plaid shirt) was having a blast. I enjoyed it immensely right up until a sneaker wave hit the back of my legs clear up to my backside and just about took my feet out from under me. I grabbed for DH, he grabbed for me and I stayed on my feet, but my rubber boots were filled with icy cold ocean water and the next 45 minutes or so were not the most enjoyable of my life. It is winter, after all.
The day had been mostly sunny and pleasantly mild but once the sun went down it got pretty chilly.
Kind of creepy to think how many times we've walked the beach and really it was teeming with life just below the surface! Ewwwwww!
(You should be able to click on any of them and they will enlarge so you can see them better.)
Have you ever broken a sand dollar and found the little 'birds' inside? We loved to do that as children!
Some of the other campers dropped in and chatted about their clamming experiences, too.
A gal in a little shop gave us a recipe for baking the fresh clams. You just dip them in a beaten egg, roll in crushed Ritz crackers and put them on a foil-lined baking sheet. Drizzle with butter and bake at 500* (yes, HOT!) for 8-10 minutes or until crisp & golden. Husband LOVED them. I bravely chewed up one and then generously allowed him to eat the rest. I'm just not a seafood lover.
We stayed at Grayland Beach State Park and it was a blast! The campsites are gorgeous and the park was well-maintained. It was a wonderful adventure and we'll definitely go back!