Mile 24 Report

August 4, 2008
by Muriah

Location:
Curry
Cave Rock, Hunters Island, Hunters Cove
Conditions:
Monday
Sunny
60° F
Wind:
Calm/Light
Humans / Pets:
People:
8
Dogs:
4
Activities:
Walking / Running:
0
Playing in surf:
0
Playing in sand:
0
Sitting:
0
Rockhunting:
0
Tidepooling:
0
Surfing:
0
Windsurfing:
0
Kayaking:
0
Fishing:
0
Concerns:
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Cars/Trucks parking:
7
ATVs/OHVs parking:
6
RVs/Buses parking:
RVs/Buses parking: 2
Cars/Trucks on beach, allowed:
0
ATVs/OHVs on beach, allowed:
0
Cars/Trucks on beach, prohibited:
0
ATVs/OHVs on beach, prohibited:
0
Activity Comments:
Parking area full during low tides of June and July, rare successes at clamming. Then the winds came, stirring the nutrients to the surface, then came the bloom, the red tide. The winds keep the parking lots and beaches cleared out. The tides were violent after the bloom, during the filming of the future car on location. Windsurfer did 360s off the ramp. Then the beaches were strewn with kelp. Now with crab body parts. Average number of vehicles on low wind days is consistently 7 at base of Cape. Average RVs at Pistol River State Beach State Park sign is usually 3. (Except during the photo shoot for the mysterious future car for most of a week in mid July)
Notable Wildlife:
The bull kelp washed up after the violent seas of mid July.
Dead Birds:
Total:
1
Species/names:
1 Seagull: bones and strewn feathers. No sign of cause of death.
Stranded:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Crab body parts, mostly small ones, some up to 5" shell, strewn densely at the curve of the cape in early August.
Driftline:
Kelp or Algae·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)
Zero debris from people. Entire Cape Cove, from parking lot to the rocks at the base of the Cape. Excellent
New Development:
Modifications:
Natural Changes:
Newly exposed roots/trees falling
Parking Lot erosion under guard rail
Comments:
It seems that ODOT must be aware that if the erosion isn't stopped at the guard rail, repairs will become increasingly expensive.
Summary:
It is such a pleasure every day to see so many people enjoying the beach near Pistol River and Cape Sebastian.And it wonderful that they leave nothing but footprints. Even with all the dogs enjoying the romp at the shoreline. Still no evidence afterwards.
  • Looking north to Cape Sebastian
    August 1, 2008
  • Many small pieces of crab body parts, some shells as much as 5" across
    Many small pieces of crab body parts, some shells as much as 5" across
    Hunters Cove - "Cape Cove"
    July 31, 2008
Other Mile 24 Reports (4)

2011

December 12, 2011 - Muriah
The main event of this season so far is the first major storm of the season that ended just before Thanksgiving. It swept the beach clean and smooth, removing the windblown sandhills of summer and...
  • Rare visit by this large wader bird that flew off at sunset
  • On the 15th day of sunny, mostly calm days, Big Bird joins in the Sunset Serenity.
  • On the 15th sunny day of the season, cloudless and calm, Sunset Serenity.
June 8, 2011 - Muriah
A Pair of Oystercatchers were in the edge of the surf at Indian Head Rock, just north of Myers Creek. The first, and only, time I have seen such birds on this mile. They seemed exhausted. They noted...
  • Exhausted Pair, very slow, spotted dog and then relaxed, one squatted and then the other and remained while dog passed by them.

2009

January 1, 2009 - Muriah
The beach trekkers have been amazingly appreciative and respectful. It would be good to do something to help prevent the blow-off from the parkinglot to the beach, if only a sign for starters.I have...
  • Venus and Jupiter rendezvous beneath the moon while the crab fisher Eclipse brightly scans the seas beyond the seastacks of Pistol River Beach.
  • Power Point Presentation explores the rocks, soils and seastacks of Cape Cove at the base of Cape Sebastian. (80+ photo/slides)
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2008

July 27, 2008 - edbear
Many, Many Small Crab shells on beachat tide line. Could be a Dead Zoneproblem?? Shell deposits are probablyonly 1-2 months old at most.