was invited to take a New Year's Eve float on Humboldt Bay to check out the king tides
that came lapping at our shores. Some of the year's highest tides give ocean watchers (like Humboldt Baykeeper, who provided this tour) a chance to see the coastal fallout of rising oceans.
It's a bit difficult to appreciate how different king tides are for those of us unfamiliar (this reporter included) with what normal high tides look like from an on-the-water perspective, but Baykeeper docent Maggie Herbelin did a good job explaining the day's unusual views.
We'll let the pictures tell the story: