Tuesday, October 15, 2013

The 2013 Clam Bake

The annual clam bake and raft-up (coordinated by the gracious folks on Almost Home) was held October 5-6 in Fairlee Creek. You would think each clam bake would be the same but there are always a few surprises.

First off, it was warm enough to swim. Yes folks, on October 5, 2013, I was wearing a bathing suit and I got in the water. I didn't stay in the water long but I did lay on the bow of the boat for a while. I'm so accustomed to bundling up for the clam bake that it felt strange to apply sun screen.

The warm weather brought other boats into the Creek for the weekend. We've had clam bakes where we are the only boats in the basin, not this year.
There was even a rare power/sail raft-up.
A fox visited the beach. He didn't seem very scared of humans so we steered clear of him. Perhaps people have been feeding him all summer? Perhaps he is sick? It was neat to see new wildlife but I worry about this little guy.
We had to set up a bit further down the beach than usual. Another raft-up beat us to the prime beach location (I guess they didn't get the memo that we had "reserved" the beach for our get together.)
 We're lucky everything cooked before the tide came in and washed out the coals.
Curious about the past clam bakes, check them out here: 2012 and 2011. (The 2011 post includes instructions so you can have your own clam bake.)

One last parting shot of the last raft-up for 2013.