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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

5 ft high tide

Lots of different plants around here as we make our usual morning walk.
When the moon is full or new, the gravitational pull of the moon and sun are combined making the high tides very high and the low tides are very low. This is known as a spring tides which are especially strong tides (they do not have anything to do with the season Spring). They occur when the Earth, the Sun, and the Moon are in a line
This must have been a spring tide with tide as high as 6-7 feet and well over the sea walls. The surfers were out in full force.

The ocean looked like it just got filled.

A good way to carry a surfboard. We have seen bobs set up behind motorcycles for boards.

The tides were so forceful throwing rocks and sand into the streets. This fellow shoveling the sand and rock for the street sweeper reminded me of shoveling our snow in Colorado.

The loader clears the rocks and then sweeps the sand from the streets.

This boy's mom said he loved getting his bike stuck in the sand and peddling to dig a hole. He was giving it some peddle action and proud of the hole he dug.

 The 1986 movie Top Gun house, about the United States Navy's elite fighter weapons school is going to be renovated.

All of the black dots in the ocean are surfers that love these waves. Living across the street from the beach we  see a lot of surfers come and go. There was a couple from Keystone, Colorado that were ready to escape the snow. They were going to Trestle Beach but the beached whale that had died was luring in the sharks.
 Now we have a family from Switzerland next to us. They rented a camper van to spend 40 days in California. They are so excited about the diversity of California from San Francisco to Yosemite. They just say everything is just different everywhere they go. At home, they surf in Italy or south of France.


  1. When I lived in Carlsbad from 77-84, the strand along the Oceanside beach was two lanes. Toward 1984, they moved in heavy large rocks because the winter storms had waves breaking over the street. I believe though when I was there last visiting it was only one lane so it's been that way for many years.

    1. They are up to 4 narrow lanes in Oceanside but nice wide ones in Carlsbad.

    2. I was meaning down by the beach where it's one way traffic and one lane where one of your photos was taken.

    3. You are right. I misread. That area is getting a huge facelift but the waves still break over those big rocks into the new condos and there is still only one lane.

  2. Wow, those are some high tides! I always like going out at really low tides to explore. It's magical on the Oregon coast during a minus tide to walk out among the rocks and caves.

    1. We are heading to Point Loma for the low tides this weekend and hear they have some tidal pools. I do miss the Oregon Coast.