Saturday, November 10, 2012

Digging for dinner: Keep clam and carry on!

For hardy RVers, November can be a real “bonus” camping month. Case in point: if you’re anywhere near the Oregon coast in the next few days, head over to Garibaldi Bay and reap the tasty rewards of the extreme low tides coming up on Wednesday and Thursday, November 14 and 15. We’re talking five varieties of clams beneath the surface of the miles of exposed sands: razor, butter, gaper, bay, and cockles—the chowder kings. If it’s delicious Dungeness crabs you’re into, walk a few steps over to the Garibaldi Pier and make a haul—there’s an abundance of them right now, too.

You can park your RV right on the Bay and just a few steps from the popular Garibaldi Pier at The Harborview Inn and RV Park, a friendly, family-run establishment open year round. There are 30 RV spaces (and pull-throughs for any size) with 20-30-50 amp electrical, water and sewer, and cable TV and Wi-Fi included in the $30 per night cost. Pets are always welcome. Harborview also has all the trappings and equipment you need for the Northwest clamming experience: licenses (which cost $7 for Oregon residents and good for the rest of 2012, and $11.50 for non-residents, good for three days.), crabbing and clamming gear, and there’s even a crab cooker available. 

So embrace your inner November RVer! Throw those old rubber boots in your storage bin, grab an extra fleece and all-weather gear, and enjoy the timeless pleasure of “catching” your dinner on the most beautiful seacoast in America. 

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