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March 21, 2014

Rowley clammer basks in winter's cold

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For 2 to 21/2 hours before low tide Grundstrom digs, boots frozen in the mud and fork plunging into the freezing surface, in temperatures that would leave even the most ambitious of skiers huddled under the covers.

“I actually enjoyed the winter so much here that I had a hard time leaving for my sponge fishing job in Key West, Florida,” said Grundstrom. He pointed to the beauty of the vista when he’s out clam digging and the fact that he is doing work he truly loves, that make working in the cold weather not an issue.

“I am without a doubt one of the luckiest people because I absolutely love what I do for work and look forward to getting up every morning to do it.”

The benefits of sharing your day with local wildlife — Grundstrom spots foxes, coyotes, eagles, snowy owls and more nearly every time he goes out — and providing a product, razor clams, that were fetching top dollar this winter, are positive draws as well.

“When you get out there and the marsh is frozen and covered in ice and snow, and everything is white and still, and you see wildlife running about trying to survive, it is amazing,” he said. “There’s nothing more beautiful … it’s like looking at a field of flowers on a bright, summer day.”

“I am without a doubt one of the luckiest people because I absolutely love what I do for work and look forward to getting up every morning to do it.”

— Jack Grundstrom

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