Eugene Cho

low tide in seattle = adventure

Update:  Check out the pics from our adventure.

I’m really excited.  So excited that I’ll sneak my kids out of school for couple hours tomorrow [Wednesday, June 4] to head off to a local beach called Golden Gardens to enjoy the adventures of what experts are speculating to be the lowest tide in Seattle in about 20 years.

Years ago, I would have been strongly against the idea of our kids missing any school.  Nowadays, I’m always looking and wanting for the kids to take a day or two off school so that my wife and I can spend some extra time with them.  Especially on weekends when my role as a pastor infringe on my time with the family, missing a day here and there are great.  Anyone have any stories of playing “hookie” with your parents?

If you’re around the Seattle area, click here to see how amazing low the tide will be tomorrow between 10am-2pm and visit any local beach for some fun during midday.  Take your kids out of school!  Tell your boss to shove it!  Go for a nice walk on the beach!  If you go, come back and share your photos.

Here’s a recent article from the Seattle Times:

It’s fat city in Puget Sound country, with some of the lowest tides of the season arriving this week right at midday picnic time.

There are primo beachcombing opportunities to enjoy all week. Pick a beach, any beach: Golden Gardens, Carkeek Park, South Alki, Lincoln Park, or even hop in the car and head north to Richmond Beach Park or south to Seahurst and Des Moines…

Watch the sea lettuce drift in cold, crystal salt water as it slinks down the beach; tickle an anemone with a wet finger. And this week trained naturalists will be on hand to reveal the secrets of the low tide: Who knew bright orange sunflower stars have 15,000 tube feet, enabling them to zip along at 10 feet a minute? That barnacles spend most of their life standing on their head? Or that geoducks can live to be old-growth clams, clocking 150 years in the same spot?..

At Golden Gardens, a slow-lane drama unfolded as the tide dropped Sunday. Clams startled the strutting crows with zesty squirts. Red rock crabs spangled clean, gray sand, and stately herons stalked eel-grass beds with Zen grace. And everywhere, the kids did what they do best…

The unusually low tides that began Sunday will keep dropping through the week, bottoming out below minus four on Wednesday. Midday tides will still be low through Saturday. [read full article]

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8 Responses

  1. Melissa says:

    I played hookie every day! Glad you’re starting to see the benefits…

  2. Charlene Farber says:

    Played hookie 3 times in hs to spend with my dad: once to go to a farm show in Harrisburg PA (largest in Northeast), once to go visit some of his old friends and drive around, and another to go christmas shopping.

    On my own…once cut college class to get extra money out of my account (at 17, couldn’t have debit card at the time) so I could get deal on a phone before deal ran out at 4 pm that day.

  3. jHong says:

    are you sanctioning me to tell YOU to shove it?

  4. eugenecho says:

    @jHong: sometimes, you just gotta do it. but do it nicely.

  5. Dan W says:

    I love Golden Gardens. Back when I was a kid you couldn’t really go there ‘cuz of all the “crime and bad element” there. Now we enjoy taking the kids and flying kites. Although last summer I was almost beat up by a homeless man who thought my kite-flying was invading his space. Really. He charged me and everything; I thought I was going down. But then he left.

    Anyway, Olivia’s class is taking a field trip to a local beach today for the low tide, and I get to go along. So I’m not really playing hooky, since I’m doing community involvement activities, all the while getting to play on the beach with my wife and daughter. Good stuff.

  6. Danielle says:

    I’ll be there with our kids too!

  7. Meghan says:

    Every year my grandpa would take me out of school on the day when you could purchase an “unlimited rides” pass at the Puyallup fair… Still some of my favorite memories. I’m with you on the occasional hookie day!

  8. […] here in Seattle and the low tides during midday did not disappoint.  So glad that Minhee and I took the kids out of school for couple hours to explore the Low Tide Adventures.  Our kids knew what most of […]

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