(I’m writing this entry a couple days late due to some work craziness this week… but I will get caught up!)
On Tuesday evening, I was doing some internet surfing as Erich got Max to bed and came across an interesting little thing happening in Boston not far from my office – the extraordinary high tide was splashing over the lower-lying docks and parklands, allowing folks to splash in Boston Harbor without actually taking a dip in the harbor. It’s called a king tide, and it’s a sign of the changing climate of the earth…
But as scary as it is long-term, in the short-term it’s a natural marvel to go enjoy. And so on Wednesday during my lunch hour, I took a walk down to Long Wharf, walked to the end of the wharf, and relaxed on what was an absolutely gorgeous day for the natural show to start.
When I first arrived, the tide was definitely higher than I recall it ever being (when a storm wasn’t directly affecting it).
Within about 15 minutes, the water at the end of the pier was actually causing small waves as it washed onto the granite blocks. A bunch of folks, including myself, went wading… it was only ankle deep. It was cold at first, but soon became comfortable against the warm air above it.
We were all marveling about the most basic of things – a high tide, rolling up on the shore. Only in this case, it was a pier that normally is two feet above the highest tide line. Wednesday was the lowest of three days in a row – two days prior, it flooded all the way up the pier.
And as fun and lovely as it is, it’s important to take notice at the alarming reality underneath… this is what climate change does. The tides will get higher. What we’re calling a king tide now will likely be a normal tide in a couple of decades.
It was a beautiful day, and I’m thankful that for now… it can simply be enjoyed. But I cannot deny that as I walked back to my office, I hoped that we wouldn’t see these tides that often. I’d rather they be occasional novelties.
And I fear that they won’t be… sooner than we think.
This post is part of my annual participation in the Write 31 Days Challenge. This year I am joining a group of writers on a Five Minute Free Write journey throughout the month.