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Sunset, Sand, and Sacks of Clams; Reflections


Sunset and clam diggers. PHALL PHOTOS 2013

Sunset and clam diggers.

I’m am still filled with adrenaline from my impromptu visit to the beach. Drove to Bonge Beach in search of agates and other beach treasures (and the solace that the beach provides) at 6 P.M., then drove all the way down the Grayland Beaches. Just in time for a spectacular sunset and to watch the excited clam diggers harvesting enough razor clams for several meals.

They go home wet, sandy, and cold, but also filled with satisfaction for a hard job done. It looked like everyone got their limit, by the happy smiles and bulging bags. A few were in groups, and some had fires built on the beach. We are a dog-friendly community, and many folks had their furry friends along. I saw at least six families with children.

Taking all this in, while I am still reeling with the recent loss of my aunt, was like a meditation. I thought of her sisters, children and grandchildren. I ache for the raw pain they must feel. I thought about how much they all would have loved seeing what I am seeing. I hope they come here and look what I found tonight, and get a moment of…comfort?

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Author: Patti Singleton

Pursuits of happiness include gardening, walking the desert, reading, writing, photography, traveling and genealogy.

13 thoughts on “Sunset, Sand, and Sacks of Clams; Reflections

  1. I know there is a lot of sadness within the family for the loss. I pray everyone can find comfort, there is a better place, I know there is a better place full of peace, beauty, an surrounded with love an laughter. What is better than laughter?!

    On another note, I am curious if you know of a good beach to go agate hunting? I thought Westport was the place, we had good luck as kids an I barely see any rocks anymore…I love hunting for agates, I can get in some good thinking while hunting! I went to agate beach…no agates! I need to know where a good rocky beach is.

    • Thanks, Jenn. Laughter is good:>)
      I have gabillions of agates from the beaches here. From little half-moon bay (the Westhaven park end is better) to Bonge, is a better area for agates. The beaches in Grayland are just not as good for gravel with agates. The lighthouse beach entrance by the condos usually has good gravel on either side, all the way down, a bit past Bonge.
      When I moved here, a realtor (now a good friend) actually drew me a great agate hunting map of the beaches. Score! Winter is better for finds, but worse for being cold and wet. Good luck and holler if you come out this way. Mom says you can get blue agates in Newport and I keep meaning to go…
      love & Hugs!

  2. What a beautiful scene you describe, so full of life; food, fire and furry friends. Much love to you and your family at this time, and many thanks for this wise and soothing piece. Love, hugs and blessings, Harula xxxxx

  3. What a beautifully reflective day.

  4. Sorry for the loss of your aunt. The beach is a very healing place!
    p.s. love the pumpkins!

  5. Your ocean sunset images quiet my mind and open my heart. Thank you, Patti. I’ll go back later for another look. My son sent out a beautiful sunset from near San Francisco. Mother Ocean heals.

    • Thank you, Elaine. Every single sunset and sunrise amazes me. But so do the colors and shapes of flowers and so many other “common” things in this life. I walked the beach early this morn and was soothed once more. Need to do that more often..thank you for stopping in and commenting.

  6. Hi Patti, I am so sorry for your loss but your pictures and words and spirit are beautiful my friend xo

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