BeachAlert File #5

You can tell when the moon is full.  That’s when the tide comes all the way up to the semi-soft sand.  Your legs get a great workout slogging through this stuff. On a day like this, the ocean can surprise you, getting you wet up to the knees, when you only planned on getting wet …

BeachAlert File #4

The closer it gets to the full moon, the higher the water is.  Sometimes it laps over the high-water ridge, where the sand starts its slope down into the surf.  This is when the clams are happiest of all, I’m told.  Surfers too. Then at other times, you have to walk for yards and yards …

BeachAlert File #3

The tightly-packed, fine-grained sand was shiny in the wash of the surf and the light of the rising sun.  You could see the reflection of the clouds.  They looked like little white lambs moseying across the blue sky. Do lambs mosey?  Never mind.  I digress.  Let’s go talk to the happy little clams, okay?  We’ll …

BeachAlert File #2

When the sun is already a red-orange fireball as it peeks over the eastern horizon at 6:00 a.m., you know what that means?  It means we’d better get down to the beach right now, or not go at all. If we wait, then all the cloud cover will be burned off.  It will be too …