Janiece West is an avid beachcomber who has mud larked on the Thames River in London and combed beaches from Maine to Junk Beach in Hawaii (including the Washington coast where she lives). On Thursday, she will share some of her experiences and discoveries. Bring your own beach finds to add to the conversation!
Janiece West came to Alaska when she was 8 months old, when her parents left Montana and South Dakota to travel the Alcan Highway North. She attended 1st to 12th grade in Homer.
“I come from a commercial fishing family and my summers were spent gill netting salmon in Cook Inlet. I was always fascinated by items floating in the rip tides we passed. As a kid I loved to explore the beach at Tutka Bay and the excitement of getting out of school to go to Whiskey Gulch clam digging.”
After moving to the Washington Coast in the year 2000, Janiece’s interest in beachcombing only increased. By 2009, Janiece became a traveling/vacationing beachcomber after hearing about “a remote beach in Hawaii where oodles of stuff washes ashore.”