The first of this season’s king tides along the California Coast occur this week.
This is how Marconi Cove on Tomales Bay looked with the 6.1 ft high tide which crested a little before 11:00. Thermal expansion of the ocean due to global warming is supposed to give the king tides a little bit of a boost. What do you think?
California State Parks, which currently owns the property that used to be the Marconi Cove Campground and Boat Launch just south of this beach, has taken down the fencing that used to surround it.
Grabbing a boat tote from my car I entered the mostly picked up area and filled it with more than 100 bits of assorted litter.
You can see how high the tide is by looking closely at the photo of the top of the old boat ramp. Waves lapped over its top edge.
Thanks to others who’ve been picking up litter in this area, it took more than one hour to find 100 pieces of litter.
Larger items like the tires, pipes and iron float car, pictured below are still there. They wouldn’t fit into the litter bag.
After 90 minutes of trash collecting, it was time to head home. The tide had receded enough to reveal the top edge of the launch ramp.
The top edge of beach returned, too.
And I went home as happy as a kid on an Easter Egg hunt.
There’s another king high tide will occur today—Thanksgiving day, 2015—at 11:15 AM.