Raking for clams is a time-honored tradition on Ocracoke. Whether you take your boat out to Hog Shoal, or just wade along the sound shore, clamming is an activity that can feed both your stomach and your soul. Out in the water, under blue skies, with pelicans and gulls overhead, you walk along slowly, pushing your rake. When you hear that distinctive "clink" you dig your rake deeper, then pull back and up. You toss the clam into your basket.
Between clams you think and reflect. It is a good time to put life in perspective. Maybe you share a thought with your companions...maybe you keep it to yourself. Sometimes you stop simply to watch the ferry coming down the channel, or to follow a fishing boat motoring back to port with today's catch. That is enough.
When you have your legal limit you reluctantly head back home to open and cook your catch. More than likely your fellow clammers and their families join you that evening for steamed clams, clams casino, or deviled clams. However you fix them they will be delicious.
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of slavery on Ocracoke. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news092111.htm.