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Clamming on The Oregon Coast with Kids

August 17, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 


Have you taken your children clamming, fishing, or foraging lately? If not, seriously consider it on your next camping trip. It can be delightfully and deliciously rewarding.

Ever since our children were little, we have taken them fishing, foraging, and exploring.  They still  love poking through tide pools at low tide. And,  the thrill of catching a wild salmon never seems to subside. Last spring, my husband took our two sons down to the Oregon Coast for spring break. While staying with friends at a beachfront cottage, it occurred to the boys that clams might lurk on the beach below.

Indeed, there were lots of clams. Hence, a spontaneous clamming adventure evolved that week. I reaped the rewards when my husband brought home some clam chowder, cooked clam meat,  and a baggie full of empty clam shells. I was so excited by their adventure that I wrote an article about it for The Oregonian’s FOODday section. Published in May, it is a comprehensive article that gives links, tips, and advice for clamming on the Oregon Coast.

So, if you are lucky enough to be on the Oregon Coast this summer or fall, be sure to survey the beaches and dig for clams. Dinner at your campsite or in your RV will be more than memorable!

Photo by Melissa A. Trainer

–Melissa A. Trainer

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