Posts tagged: plotting tidal changes

A Mud Bay Mystery

By , November 2, 2010

On Halloween night we had a good idea of exactly when we should be able to cross Mud Bay to return home after celebrating in town. Days before, I’d used tide plotting software to pinpoint our crossing times, based on the 13 foot tide mark, the highest water we can comfortably cross the creek in the bay in regular rubber boots. As the night unfolded, we realized we’d be finished early. We looked at the tide book, and saw that the difference between the nearest high tide and the next low would be 12 feet—perfect for calculating the tide in our heads, using “the rule of the twelfths.” We calculated that we could cross a half hour early, so when we finished trick-or-treating, we drove to the bay.

When we hiked down to the beach, we knew immediately that something was not right. We hit water way too soon. Soon, we waded to our knees in our hip boots, which meant that when we stepped down into the creek, we’d be up to our waists, or deeper. Continue reading 'A Mud Bay Mystery'»

Attuning to Natural Rhythms: “Livin’ by the Moon and Tide”

By , November 13, 2009

The content you’re looking for is no longer here. We’re finally beginning to shut this blog down, to remove old content.

We’ve chosen to start with essays that are available elsewhere. Specifically, this article has been edited into our book, Sacred Coffee: A “Homesteader’s” Paradigm. The book is available in print, as an audiobook, and in several eBook formats. It contains edited, improved, and expanded versions of essays that used to be available for free on this blog, and new material as well. You can learn more about it, and order it here in your preferred format.

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