Photographers descend on Cape Disappointment for king tides
Last updated 12/18/2020 at 4:08pm
With each crashing wave came a chorus of clicking cameras.
Photographers turned out in droves in anticipation of the biggest set of king tides this season, culminating with a 10.21 high tide around noon on Monday, Dec. 14, the highest of the year at Cape Disappointment State Park in Ilwaco.
As high tide approached on Monday morning, parking lots near Waikiki Beach were filled to capacity with more cars pouring into the park each minute.
"We've got a lot of folks out here today," said Cape Disappointment Park Ranger Derek Thompson. "[The king tides] definitely bring out a lot of people."
'Better than fireworks'
Crowds had begun showing up on Sunday for the first day of the three-day king tide event, a natural spectacle photographers circle on the calendar months in advance.
"This is better than fireworks," said Shane Rotchford, 50, of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho as he filmed the crashing waves with his cell phone.
"It's amazing. I've never been around waves this big before and it's impressive. We all got soaked."
It was the first trip to Cape Disappointment State Park for Rotchford, who made the trip specifically from Idaho with family to witness the king tides. The family stayed in Long Beach and came to Ilwaco each day to watch the waves.
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