Saturday, August 29, 2009

Clam Diggers

Last weekend we went to Potlatch State Park for a quick little trip (about an hour and a half away). Since this area of the Puget Sound is famous for their clams, crab, and oysters....we decided to join the club. We got a shellfish license and headed to the beach to dig for clams. We found out that the term 'beach' is used very loosely...this was no lay-out-your-beach-towels-and soak-in-the-rays beach. It was covered in oyster shells, mussels, rocks, and mud. I was really glad Trevor decided to buy a few hand tools at the local store because my plan of using the kids sand shovels would have been ridiculous...and would have made us stand out more than we already did toting our three kids and lifting a stroller down to the water.

We started out in one spot and started to dig. The one guy we talked to said the clams were about 6 inches below the surface. After about 20 minutes of digging...and not one clam...I started to walk around to see if I could gain any insight from the native clammers. Um, no. They seemed to be doing exactly what we were doing except with full size shovels and rakes. We almost gave up when someone suggested we move down about 50 yards because the ground was a little sandier and we might have better luck. This proved to be a good move because we had a few clams within a couple minutes at the new spot. To keep the clams, they have to be 1.5 inches or more across...with a maximum 40 per license per day. After an hour, we probably had about 70 or so keepers. It was really fun and the kids really got into after awhile.

We steamed some that night. And, really not that great in my opinion (and I'm a seafood fan). There were still bits of sand in some of them (even though we soaked them in fresh water for a couple hours which is supposed to help the clams expel all the salt water and sand). Trev thought they were okay and really wanted me to make clam chowder when we got back home...but turns out we killed the darn things by keeping them in a ziploc bag. I guess you have to loosely wrap them so they can breathe, otherwise they die, and shouldn't be cooked at that point. So I don't know how you keep your fridge from smelling like clams if you just had them loosely wrapped in paper towels or something...Eww. I tossed the rest of them. Guess I'll bring a designated 'clam' cooler for next time.

Anyway, totally fun experience for the fam.

Ry got one in his mouth while we were trying to get this photo....gross. :-)

Friday, August 07, 2009

Camping & Summer Milestones

We headed to Sequim, WA (about 2 hours away) last weekend to meet up with Trevor's mom on their 2 week camping trip. We stayed two nights, and it was so nice to get away! Okay, I had only been back from SLC for 3 days when we left...I feel like I haven't even been home lately....but we are making the most out of the summer, and it has been a blast! Trevor really wanted to get the trailer out once a month during the summer, but we haven't been since Memorial Day....we have some catching up to do in the next 2 months. So, thanks to Grandma Judy and Grandpa Chuck for the invite! The campground in Sequim was rather 'corporate' (can they call it camping when there isn't even a fire pit?)...but they had great amenities we played baseball...
...and horseshoes...

...and on the playground...
And we went up to Port Angeles. It was over 100 degrees in Seattle so we enjoyed the nice and refreshing 70 degree weather (and a little cold with the marine air). We went to see these amazing sand sculptures, which was part of an art festival...they were so cool!

Here is Addy....."wo! that water is cold mom!". Yeah, this is no east coast Atlantic ocean! But gorgeous, none the less!

As for the summer at home, Carson has mastered the RipStick thanks to a little training from Aunt Erin. He is so fast now!!

And, Addy is riding her bike without training wheels! She has had this bike with training wheels since her 3rd birthday. Trevor moved the wheels up a few months ago without her realizing it. She was hardly even using the training wheels, but kept resisting every time Trev suggested taking them off for good. But, he finally just did it without asking. She was so mad for about 5 minutes and then took off down the street like it was nothing. She was so excited and so proud! Our little 4 year old on a bike with no training wheels!

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