Clamdigger’s Dream Notecard
November - The Life and Times of the Long Beach Peninsula
Several times during the year, peninsula beaches are open to clam digging. With a shellfish license, each person may pursue 15 razor clams. For those of you not familiar with the Pacific Razor Clams, they can get as large as five to six inches in length and they are fast. Hundreds of folks from Portland to Seattle may come to the Peninsula for the challenge of capturing these tasty clams. Armed with a clam gun (a hollow tube with handles) or shovel, a basket or net to hold their catch and waters for high topped rubber boots, you will see these fearless hunters stomping or crouching looking for the elusive bubble in the sand. Once discovered, the chase is on. Plowing the clam gun or shovel at a slight angle towards the ocean (that is the direction razor clams dig), they pull their took of choice out full of sand and if they are lucky, there will be a razor clam among the sand.
Eric Wiegardt, a native of the Long Beach Peninsula in Washington State, is considered one of the top watercolor artists nationally. Earning a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Washington, he then pursued his passion, graduating from American Academy of Art in Chicago. Eric returned to the Peninsula in 1985 opening Wiegardt Studio Gallery in the Victorian home built by his oyster pioneering great grandfather.
Image Size 5.5" x 7.4"
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