Johnny and I had the last week of September planned for some time now, anticipating the spring tides that were going to be both exceptionally high and low because of the alignment of the earth, the sun, and the moon.
For us, this meant three days of foraging for clams, just in time for winter storage.
spring tide, the time for
gathering the fleshy clams
to eat through winter
Though the spring tide comes monthly, it’s not always low enough to make a trip to the shore worthwhile and the weather and timing are not always ideal either. It was great this week though and we even went out on Monday evening from half 11 until nearly 1 in the morning. After two days of fun, we decided to keep the children home from school so they could join us. No regrets as we had a great morning together picking blackberries and then we were at the beach from noon on.
…spring tides, a common historical term that has nothing to do with the season of spring. Rather, the term is derived from the concept of the tide “springing forth.” Spring tides occur twice each lunar month all year long, without regard to the season.”
The otter clams have to be dug out of the sand but the razor clams are acquired by a different method which I wrote about last February here.