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The Moonstone in Moclips


Moclips is one of the northernmost beaches on the Washington coast, not a far drive from Seattle, maybe 3 hours. We stopped in Aberdeen for cold groceries – milk. orange juice, salads, etc. so it took us a little longer, and we weren’t in a hurry.

We have reservations at the Moonstone. The Moonstone is not your five star kind of place, it is a very old timey Washington beach kind of place, the kind you stay when you are clam digging.



We have a little two bedroom cabin with a kitchen and bathroom, not fancy, actually, you could sleep six people if you wanted to. It would be a tight fit, but families do it.

It is a great beach for clams. Here is what clams look like when you go clam digging:


See those holes? There are clams beneath the surface. You stomp; a clam squirts and then you dig like crazy, with a “clam gun” which is a special narrow shaped shovel, or with your hands if you are really really fast and don’t mind losing all your fingernails. When you grab the clam, it is really hard to pull him out, because he is digging down like crazy.

This is what it looks like when a clam is digging down – a tiny fountain of water behind him bubbling up:


This is what the beach looks like from our cabin:


And this is what it looked like at SUNSET!

September 2, 2009 - Posted by | Adventure, Beauty, Cultural, ExPat Life, Local Lore, Seattle | ,


  1. So it’s a little shack…..with wireless?

    Comment by Q8Dutchie | September 2, 2009 | Reply

  2. The last shot is a work of art.

    Comment by Bu Yousef | September 3, 2009 | Reply

  3. LLOOLL, yes, Q8Dutchie, a shack . . . I found one bar of wireless for about 30 seconds. Most of the time I sit outside (think cold, windy today) to access. “Oh” they say, “Yes, ever cabin has it except yours.” LLOOLL

    Thanks, Bu Yousef, It took a lot of experimenting, finally forced a flash to be able to get the driftwood as well as the sunset. šŸ™‚

    Comment by intlxpatr | September 3, 2009 | Reply

  4. Please excuse my ignorance but why can’t you clean the clams in the sink?

    Comment by Q8Dutchie | September 3, 2009 | Reply

  5. Clam cleaning is really messy work, and smelly, too, if you haven’t done it all your life. Have you ever shucked a clam? Most of the old timey beach motels on clam beaches have an outdoor area where the shuckers gather. Their wives watch from the rooms and bring them a drink every now and then. šŸ™‚

    Comment by intlxpatr | September 4, 2009 | Reply

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