Only One Day Like Today

July 24, 2008

The Critter-Getters and Lessons Learned

Filed under: Uncategorized — by onlyonedayliketoday @ 6:05 am

Clamming is fun!


In just the right place, you can collect your legal limit of clams per person in a pretty short amount of time!   Let’s see, that is about 150 clams! (25 X 6 kids)   Way more than we can eat!

Victoria learned that with bigger clams, you have to be careful how you pick them up, because if you pick them up like this . . .

the little creature inside does not like it, and will snap his shell closed on your fingers.   Unfortunately, Victoria learned this the hard way.  Daddy had to get his pocket knife to pry open the shell to release her fingers!  Ouch!

Even Timothy got into the act . . . well, sort-of!  I think he had more fun just playing in the water.  At least he had a good excuse for getting all wet . . . shoes and all!

Little crabs are fun to catch and play with.

And the bigger you are, the more little crabs you can hold in your hand.

When “crabbing” for the big crabs, you can use a crab cage on the end of a fishing pole.  This takes some patience.

Or, you can just scoop them up in a big net! 

This involves getting a little more wet:)! 

Yum!  They’re good eatin’ at the end of the day!

Here, our neighbor girls are helping Timothy sample the catch for the day!

Oysters aren’t as rare or hard to find as we originally thought.  And we learned that their open shells are razor sharp and cut feet in cheap flip-flops very easily:(  Victoria and Valerie especially learned this lesson the hard way and are doctoring several pretty bad cuts on their feet.

Victoria also learned that star fish, once adhered to your fingers, leave a part of themselves with you when you go to put them back into the water! 



  1. When I saw the picture of Caroline at the top I first thought it was McKenna. I thought ” How did she get in there?”

    So sorry to hear that there were injuries incurred on the sea fareing trip. Hope the cuts are healing quickly. Guess everyone got a big education on handling these critters. I was a little surprised that the Bowes family (excluding mama) were so agreeable to eating all those critters.

    Looks like Kyle had a blast finding crabs and obviously did not mind getting soaking wet!!!

    I’m sure this is a trip that will be remembered always. Thanks sooooo much for letting us share
    with all the pictures. I know it takes a lot of time, but has been so fun for me. I love you all so DEARLY!!!! Meemom

    Comment by Meemom — July 24, 2008 @ 7:09 am |Reply

  2. WOW! You all are turning into fine fishermen. It’s amazing how those little critters can tell you’re trying to get them.

    Sorry that you got some cuts and pinches. OUCH!

    So how long before you have to cook them all before they start to get a little stinky? Did you have plenty of tartar sauce and other fine sauces to help your Mom eat them? 🙂

    It looks like you all are having such a great time! Don’t you love summer? I love the pictures and they really capture all the moments perfectly. It’s such a joy being able to share your trip with you.

    I love you all more than all the littlest clams in the water.
    Aunt Kelley

    Comment by Kelley — July 24, 2008 @ 10:33 am |Reply

  3. What a fantastic vacation.

    I did not know you have to wear a crash helmet when you eat clams or did Timothy have to wear one for his introduction to clams?

    The look on Timothy’s face as he looks at the crab he caught indicates he may not be a true Critter Getter yet. But he is working on it.

    Caroline, did Kyle do a good job of cooking his crab?

    Sorry to hear the Critter Getters learned to handle some critters by suffering a little pain. I bet their experience with the oysters and the starfish will not dampen their Critter Getting love.

    I sure have enjoyed the photos and stories about your vacation. The kids will have fond memories of these couple of weeks.

    I love you more than all the sand on the beach,

    Comment by MELVIN ZWICK — July 27, 2008 @ 5:08 am |Reply

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