Choose inundation over inebriation** and celebrate King Tides because it's much more exciting than celebrating the New Year. Why? [Thanks to Lindsey for helping brainstorm this list]
- The party don't stop: They happen for 3 days, so you can "Cheers!" and wish everyone a HAPPY KING TIDE at least 3 times. And since they happen in different places at different times, you can chase the tide and have that exciting moment multiple times in a day.
- The party don't stop #2: Another good reason to drink at the Embarcadero
- Play; Splashing in puddles an getting hit by waves in normally dry places.
- Excitement: Fleeing men in golf carts
- See the future: See what the world will look like every day with sea level rise.
- And, because this is a kayaking blog... Expanded kayaking territory. As the water rises, it moves into nearby low-lying areas that are not normally wet, creating new spaces for kayakers to explore.
So... what are King Tides...?
What are King Tides?
* Sometimes non-astronomical forces, like weather/waves/storm, can raise tide levels for short periods of time. These changes are less predictable, while King Tides are regular and predictable.
Lindsey, Doug, James, and Barry were my tide-buddies for this year's celebration.
King Tides at the San Francisco Embarcadero (12/31/2013)
King Tides at Beach Boulevard in Pacifica, CA (1/1/2014)
King Tides in Redwood City (1/1/2014)
To learn more, and see much more dramatic photos, check out the California King Tides Initiative!