Yum!!

Yum!!

Razor clams must be one of the tastiest of sea creatures, and digging them is an adventure.

To preserve the clam beds, digging is only allowed a few days a year.  The dates chosen by some mysterious formula known only to  the Fish and Game folks. Low tides are in the late afternoon or early evening digging dates are in winter months, meaning the digging usually takes place after dark, by lantern light.

However this past weekend, with the cooperation of the sun and the tides, there was clam digging in daylight, the day was calm, perfect conditions.

We drove onto the beach and Raven, a beginning digger, got a refresher lesson.

Clam digging lesson

Clam digging lesson

Seneca spotted the "holes."

Seneca spotted the “holes.”

First clam!

First clam!

Soon we had the limit-- 15 clams

Soon we had the limit– 15 clams

A happy clam digger

A happy clam digger

Ready to clean

Ready to clean

Raven helps clean

Raven helps clean

With a hot water bath they slip right out of their shells

With a hot water bath they slip right out of their shells

Seneca helps cook

Seneca helps cook

Seneca and Mom cook

Seneca and Mom cook

Less than an hour from beach to table, are we lucky or what???