Anybody else head to the coast to witness the highest tides of 2012?
To keep this somewhat OT I went somewhere I've ridden my bike to before; Monterey Bay's Salinas River Beach---this pix was taken about a month ago:
My Pugsly fat-bike on "the barge"; the only exposed shipwreck between Seacliff and Monterey.
I hiked in today; here's "the barge" at high tide a little before 10:00---the ridge in the background on the left is Empire Grade above Ben Lomand:
I just couldn't get enough of how the foam would blast out of the structure on the deck:
The shore birds didn't seem to mind at all:
Lots of shore birds; cohenfive's "Angry Birds' thread inspired me to take lots of fowl pictures. (pun intended) Barge barely visible in the distant surf; Loma Prieta is the high point on the horizon:
I could approach fairly close:
Before they'd take flight:
Looking away from the coast across the Salinas River National Wildlife Refuge towards Salinas; Fremont Peak is the high point---a bulkhead from some sort of modern craft lies buried in the sand:
They really don't want anybody entering the dunes; signs every few yards---"Saline Pond' is in the distance:
Signs are set at the mean high tide limit; State land towards the ocean, Federal land towards the dunes:
The dunes have grown in recent times enough to nearly bury some signs:
Portola supposedly planted a cross on this bluff which the twin stacks of the Moss Landing power plant appear to sprout from:
It's always struck me as odd that a "wildlife refuge" would allow hunting:
Main reason I hiked in this way was to document the "no bikes"; I must inquire as to why this is:
There's a mile or so of trail open to bikes from the parking lot; the last 1/4 mile to the beach is closed---WTF? (Would be perfect on a fat bike)
Here's a link Salinas River NWR: Refuge Map
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