We’re parked about 3 miles from the ocean, and 4 miles from Arcata Marsh & Wildlife Sanctuary…which is right next to the ocean.
The marsh is primarily salt water, and when the tide is out twice a day, the marsh is a large mudflat. However, there also are a number of fresh water lagoons…whose levels are constant and very near the height of the road & parking lots!
As we traveled to the beach, we ran across this pair enjoying about a 7 mile stretch along the shore…we only paced them for about a mile.
Tides are a novelty to me, having spent most of my time around inland lakes, and the nearby beaches surprise me with the distance the water moves up the sand from low tide to high tide. In the picture below, I hope you can see the damp sand half way to the camera from the waves. That was the high water mark. Then look how far out the waves are breaking. The gradual slope of the beach makes for a long sweep of those waves.