This past Memorial Day weekend, our family packed into the RV and headed out to go clamming at Ninilchik, Alaska. The weather was gorgeous and there were many others partaking of the same adventure that weekend with record low tides.
Here is an aerial shot of the original village which is still occupied. However, there’s a ‘new’ Ninilchik just up the road.
An old, orthodox church sits on the hillside overlooking the old village.
We stayed at an RV park located just off the main highway through town and a short walk to the beach. Many of the other guests had a second ‘vehicle’ to drive to the beach for clamming while we just hoofed it.
The beach was a short (5 to 10 minute) walk from the RV park. J fell into the mud and had a meltdown. I wish I had a record of that show! So, only P and D helped their dad digging for clams. Those metal gadgets next to the boys are the clam guns that help you dig through the muck to reach the clams.
Hubby processed the clams back in our RV. A pot of hot water gets them to open up for removing the meat.
Taking a walk down the road, we found this interesting ‘sculpture’ on the roadside.
Back at the RV park, the dried remains of devil’s club from last year became wonderful swords for imaginative play. J decided Lord of the Rings was the ‘game’ of the day and he kept changing who he was and telling me who I was!
Now we are deciding what to use our small harvest of clams for this winter. I suspect it will be a Manhattan style clam chowder that gets made. Maybe next year J won’t be so ‘allergic’ to a little mud and we can get closer to our limit to stock the freezer.
Have you every gone clamming?
If so, did you enjoy it?
Any favorite recipes using clams?