After putting it off for as long as possible, we finally had to go into town to buy Skyla a new pair of tennis shoes. An hour of The Hell That Is Shoe Shopping, and we clearly needed a breath (or 50) of fresh air. So we decided to check out a nearby beach that I’d heard had oysters. Weather was marginal, and we had to be back for a kid sleepover, so I thought we’d just squeeze in a quick walk down the beach to scout it out.
But maybe I was just telling myself–and the kids–that to manage expectations. After all, the tide just happened to be hitting full low when we arrived. And I did have a couple oyster knives, a bucket, plastic containers and knee boots in the car. You know, just in case.
Good thing, too. A hundred yards from where we parked, we found oysters on top of oysters. We shucked enough for dinner and a few leftovers, then made some quick test digs for steamer clams (plenty there) and hit the road home. Grabbed a pizza for the kids sleepover party on the way and made it home just in time. Monday night, when it was just us, we broke out the flour, eggs and panko for a serious oyster fry. And felt lucky that somewhere between shoe shopping and sleepovers, we found time to gather a meal.
We pause now, for a brief commercial break: I’m stoked to announce a series of events with the Kitsap Regional Library system this spring. If you live nearby or happen to be in the area, come on out. It will be great to meet you in person. The library events will be readings and talks, with hopefully some good question/answer and discussion afterward. We’ll also have books for sale and of course, I’m more than happy to inscribe and sign. Details:
Poulsbo, WA Library: Saturday, April 6th, 2:00pm
Silverdale, WA Library: Monday, April 8th, 6:00pm
Downtown Bremerton, WA Library: Monday, April 15th, 6:00pm
Little Boston, WA Library: Monday, April 22nd, 6:00pm
Manchester, WA Library: Monday, April 29th, 6:00pm
Seattle-to-Bainbridge Ferry: Thursday, June 27th, 4:40pm sailing
If you want more information about the book or to check the “official” event schedule, please visit my website HERE. (If you got here from the website, well then, you already know where it is.)
Also, while we’re taking care of book biz, some kind words from the Washington State Parks System HERE. We will now return you to regularly scheduled programming. Thanks!