Mile 270 Report

October 17, 2010
by yakinsea

Location:
Tillamook
Cape Lookout south face
Conditions:
Sunday 1:00 PM
Sunny
65° F
Wind:
Calm/Light from the N
Humans / Pets:
People:
0
Dogs:
0
Activities:
Walking / Running:
0
Playing in surf:
0
Playing in sand:
0
Sitting:
0
Rockhunting:
0
Tidepooling:
0
Surfing:
0
Windsurfing:
0
Kayaking:
1
Fishing:
0
Concerns:
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Activity Comments:
I was the only one around this mile.
Notable Wildlife:
I saw: 2 adult sea lions, about a dozen cormorants, murres, and western grebes, no pelicans, lots of gulls, one seal. Overall there were far fewer birds and mammals than during early summer, though they all looked healthy. The intertidal zone looked healthy.
Dead Birds:
Total:
1
Signs of oil:
0
Species/names:
One dead murre
Stranded:
Total:
0
Fish & Invertebrates:
Driftline:
No driftline here.
New Development:
Modifications:
Natural Changes:
No new slides noted.
Comments:
Summary:
This was a very beautiful day at a stunning spot that few see up close. The North side of Cape Lookout was rough with waves shooting white-water up 30ft in places. The South side, my mile, was so placid that one could water ski. Friends reported scummy water here a week ago with surface algae. On this day the water was crystal clear. Eel grass was not only visible where I was not able to see it on previous paddles, but looked backlit as if fine strings of neon lights were under the surface. The sun was now low enough to light well into some of the many sea caves allowing me to see their bottoms, some sandy others rocky. One cave had a rich yet light violet red ceiling, probably lichen, and brilliant red splotches at waterline, perhaps sponge? Bull kelp grew along the first 3/4 mile of the cape. The cliffs looked great with no new slides. The pillow lava along the last 1/4 mile of the cape is the largest sample that I have seen anywhere.All in all, a magic day to maunder about alone.
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2018

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2015

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2013

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August 28, 2013 - yakinsea
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2012

May 6, 2012 - yakinsea
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2010

June 26, 2010 - yakinsea
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2009

May 29, 2009 - yakinsea
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2008

June 14, 2008 - yakinsea
All looked well - particularly with seemingly more numerous and healthier looking birds. No erosion noted. Rough conditions and more birds kept our kayaking farther off Cape Lookout.
  • View looking at the South aspect of large shallow cave at the tip of Cape Lookout.
  • Near the end of the cape in its considerable wind shadow.