Mile 284 Report

July 27, 2008
by MotaiAukski

Location:
Tillamook
Cape Meares SP north
Conditions:
Sunday 11:30 AM
Party cloudy
65° F
Wind:
Calm/Light from the SW
Tide Level:
-0.2 ft
Humans / Pets:
People:
12
Dogs:
2
Activities:
Walking / Running:
3
Playing in surf:
0
Playing in sand:
2
Sitting:
4
Rockhunting:
0
Tidepooling:
0
Surfing:
0
Windsurfing:
0
Kayaking:
0
Fishing:
3
Concerns:
Fire·Litter
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Cars/Trucks parking:
6
Cars/Trucks on beach, allowed:
0
Cars/Trucks on beach, prohibited:
0
Activity Comments:
Mine was the only vehicle going out; on return there were six (apart from mine).
Notable Wildlife:
WEstern Gulls in the water; tons of highly pungent kelp right at the Southern most curl of the Cape.
Dead Birds:
Species/names:
None
Stranded:
None
Fish & Invertebrates:
Oddly enough, a dead porcupine at the base of the rack.
Driftline:
Kelp or Algae·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Land-based debris (picnics, etc.)·Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.)·Small rocks·Wood pieces
an old cooler, dilapidated crab traps, toilet paper
New Development:
Modifications:
Natural Changes:
embankment is clearly in slow erosion mode
Comments:
There are visible gaps in the ground about 6" to a foot wide at the top of the embankment where it overlooks the shoreline at the South end. Stairs were built into the clay at the Southern most end and the bottom ones leading to the beach are gone. It's unclear whether they've been eroded by the ocean or whether it's human caused.
Summary:
Very cloudy and cool start to the day which left me nearly alone on the beach when I started out. Mugginess increased, the sun peaked through and suddenly people came out from all sides. The South end of the mile is the most interesting because it's where mountains meet the sea. Multiple trees are down at the edge; likely from the December storm, but a few clearly dropped many years before. There's a cove at the Southern most end where shrimpers drop their nets. It's also where all the toilet paper, junked coolers, abandoned nets, etc. are. The woods were empty, which at this tide level is the only way to reach the cove at the Cape's edge. Outside of the gulls and the tide, there was no sound, but a plethora of color with foxgloves and thick greens. Photos soon, but I have dial-up, so it takes a bit.