Standing in the checkout line at Costco isn't especially Alaskan … until you strike up a conversation with the others in line.
Today, I had to run into the Costco that's just across the street from the Daily News. The lines were long, excessively long. I mentioned something to the woman behind me, and she said she didn't know what was going on. The lady in front said, "Everybody’s getting ready to head out of town. Big low tides. They'll all be clamming."
And sure enough, she's right. Well, at least about the low tides part. (I doubt all the folks at Costco will be clamming this weekend. I know that I won't.)
Today's low tide in Anchorage is minus 3.7 feet, while Saturday's is minus 2.78 feet and Sunday's is minus 1.4 feet.
That means good clamming down on the Kenai Peninsula. It also means good bore-tide watching along Turnagain Arm south of Anchorage. A bore tide is one of those cool natural phenomenon that happens in just a few places around the world. Anchorage is the only place in the United States where tidal bores occur regularly.
The best time to see one is within a couple hours of a super-low tide. If I don't make it down the Seward Highway tonight, I'll be sure to get there on Saturday.
And if you're in town this summer, make sure you check out the tide tables and head out to Turnagain Arm.