Here is the sweet boat! Two other seasoned clammer friends of Pete's came with us.
The first step to clamming is finding the spot to dig. You look for breathing holes in the sand, and different kinds of clams have different shaped breathing holes. This picture is of a quahog breathing hole, which is shaped like an eight. Pretty obvious, right? I put my foot in the picture for a size reference. Yes, I was wearing flip flops. Everyone else was wearing waders and boots and things, but those of you who know me know that that isn't found in my typical attire. This flip flops and the corresponding capri pants were purchased specifically for the occasion at Target.
The next step is digging, obviously! You have to dig along side the breathing hole, because otherwise you will either chop off the clam's neck, or you will smash the clam with the shovel. I think I did both at first, but I think I found one here!
We were all successful, catching our maximum of 20 clams. Dad looks pretty dashing in his waders or whatever he calls them.
The other guys were more picky with their clam choices because they wanted to find big ones. Ed caught this magnificent specimen, and dad got to hold it. We were are all quite impressed by its massive neck as I'm sure you are also.