I took a walk on Nauset Beach the other day at somewhat low tide and I was amazed at how huge the beach looked! It will be interesting to watch it through the winter and spring and see how the beach changes.
When we hike at the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary and want to go out to the outer beach across the boardwalk on the salt marsh, we always look at the tide charts to make sure it is not near high tide. We got stuck a few years ago in February and ended up wading in, rolling up our jeans and holding our shoes. Thank goodness it was a warm day but the water was still pretty cold.
A few summers ago they put in new markers where they think the tides will be in future years as they seem to be getting higher each year. You can see where they think high tide will be in 2075. Each marker represents about 25 years. Wow! It’s amazing how high the tides might rise with the warming climate.
The tides have been really high the past few days. Yesterday I took a walk on the Eastham side of Rock Harbor and was surprised that the jetty was just about under water. There wasn’t much sand to walk on as much of the beach was also under water.
I really like this photograph looking out toward the jetty at Rock Harbor. Even through the heavy clouds, the sky was so pretty.
The view doesn’t get much better on the Goose Pond Trail which takes you to the outer beach at the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. It’s a gorgeous trail through the woods and over the salt marsh out to the beach. This is just one of the many benches along the trails where you can sit down, relax and take it all in.
This bench overlooks the salt marsh out by the beach which is mostly filled in with water at high tide. Beware that the salt marsh fills in very quickly, so best to hike to the outer beach only when the tide is going out or at low tide.