Mile 149 Report

March 13, 2008
by flotsam

Location:
Douglas
Oregon Dunes NRA, north of Army Hill
Conditions:
Thursday 9:30 AM
Rain
48° F
Wind:
Moderate from the S
Humans / Pets:
People:
0
Dogs:
0
Activities:
Concerns:
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Cars/Trucks parking:
1
Cars/Trucks on beach, allowed:
0
Cars/Trucks on beach, prohibited:
0
Activity Comments:
Evidence of substantial beach erosion from earlier winter storms. Also seems as though sand is being replaced gradually
Notable Wildlife:
none
Dead Birds:
Total:
0
Stranded:
Total:
0
Fish & Invertebrates:
Driftline:
New Development:
Modifications:
Natural Changes:
Erosion of vegetated foredune
Comments:
It would appear that 3-4 feet of sand has been scoured from the beach during the heavy winter storms, and since some sand has been replaced by now, the erosion may have been greater.
Summary:
This was a cursory visit, as we did not actually get to our mile, but viewed the general area from afar (at least a mile). We were lashed with rain, and were recovering from a 9 mile walk the day before, to visit the site of the supposed George L. Olson shipwreck, at or near mile 125.I will post some photos at that mile's site, as it appears to be unadopted.
Other Mile 149 Reports (5)

2007

October 8, 2007 - flotsam
Nothing unusual to report, other than a lack of trash and other alien debris. I don't know if SOLV worked this stretch of beach last month. I did see a lot of a certain plant growing in the high end...
  • Sample of beach plantlife growing prolifically on the Umpqua Spit
August 24, 2007 - flotsam
The beach seemed unusually clean, with little trash, and less driftwood than at other times.
  • A view south from the where I estimate the junction of Mile 149 & 150 is.
May 13, 2007 - flotsam
Our plan to walk to and thru mile 149 was altered by the knowledge that the lovely wind at our backs would be a challenge returning. Thus we turned around at the juncture of 149 and 150, to face a...
March 17, 2007 - flotsam
Generally, more activity than usual, mostly in the access road area. Our miles were typically vacant, except for the occasional vehicle traversing the spit. We did see one seemingly abandoned vehicle...
  • View of beach near mile 149

2006

October 9, 2006 - flotsam
Beach and dunes clean, no problems, just the dead Sea Lion.