Mile 305 Report

July 6, 2008
by skyhar8000

Location:
Tillamook
Oswald West SP, Cape Falcon N
Conditions:
Sunday 9:30 AM
Cloudy
Wind:
Moderate from the SW
Humans / Pets:
Activities:
Concerns:
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Activity Comments:
Notable Wildlife:
Dead Birds:
Stranded:
Total:
1
seal pup - same as 7/4/08
Fish & Invertebrates:
Driftline:
Kelp or Algae
... a few new large, tangled piles
New Development:
Modifications:
Natural Changes:
minor boulder falls
Comments:
Natural re-arrangement of cove floors by ocean.This trip was made for the purpose of getting the rest of the trash to Cove 1 so that it can be hoisted out on my next (and probably last) trip for 2008, over Labor Day Weekend. I descended via the usual route. Someone has added a quality rope to it. I thought that it belonged to the folks from Seattle/Portland and that it would be gone when I returned, but it is still there. Don't know who else comes into the area. Nice to have that rope, though.I hiked to Cove 4 without incident, but the wave action had increased quite a bit from last time, and the water was not nearly as low as it had been, making some places hazardous.In Cove 4, I recovered one large bag of trash, one crab trap, and the red bucket, plus one very large piece of Styrofoam. Hiking out, I stopped in Cove 3 and recovered a pair of standard crab pot buoys tied to a large length of rope. Getting from Cove 2 to Cove 1 was very dicey. I felt like a cross between Santa Claus (with a bag slung over shoulder), Indiana Jones (dashing through low areas between waves), and the local garbage service.All trash is now directly under the hoisting point in Cove 1, securely bagged with heavy rocks on it. I anticipate doing the lifting on Labor Day Weekend and am rounding up one or more other persons to help me with this project. I will try to get some publicity, too.It is interesting how things come and go. On my first trip this year, I found three tires of identical size with Styrofoam centers in Cove 3. I put them above the tide line. On my return this weekend, two were gone (washed to sea). The third was still there. However, removing it would have been impossible, so I rolled it down into the tide zone on July 4, and it was gone on July 6. For stuff that is impossible to lift or carry out, this is probably the best thing to do with it, albeit a bit counterintuitive -- it has a better chance of washing up elsewhere and being found, as opposed to sitting in a cove and slowly disintegrating.I had also found a lot of Aerobie and Frisbee toys, and these seemed to be gone from the bags, so someone definitely likes to paw through my stuff and keep the best of it. But if they are hiking it out, that's fine with me! Also, when I recovered the crab buoys and rope from Cove 2, a large spherical bright orange bumper buoy I had found was missing. I suppose someone else found it and hiked it out, which is just fine with me!Stuff seems to come in spurts. One trip will yield lots of golf balls, and then there will be none -- ditto the Aerobies, knotted clumps of rope, etc. I suppose it depends on wave and wind action. Certain stuff is driven ashore just at certain times, depending on conditions.Last but not least, I believe I previously reported bobbing buoys, one off the north point of Oswald West State Park, the other in a tide pool north of that point. Both are now gone so either their ropes rotted through, and/or the objects to which they were tied got washed away elsewhere. At any rate, I have no need either to try to get a boat to go after the float off the north point in the open sea, or to try to hike to the tidal pool and dive on that buoy. What I do is risky enough already, so not having these to think about doesn't bother me!!
Summary:
I descended via the usual route. Someone has added a quality rope to it. I thought that it belonged to the folks from Seattle/Portland and that it would be gone when I returned, but it is still there. Don't know who else comes into the area. Nice to have that rope, though.All trash is now directly under the hoisting point in Cove 1, securely bagged with heavy rocks on it. I anticipate doing the lifting on Labor Day Weekend and am rounding up one or more other persons to help me with this project. I will try to get some publicity, too.Stuff seems to come in spurts. One trip will yield lots of golf balls, and then there will be none -- ditto the Aerobies, knotted clumps of rope, etc. I suppose it depends on wave and wind action. Certain stuff is driven ashore just at certain times, depending on conditions.
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2015

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2014

May 16, 2014 - skyhar8000
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2013

May 26, 2013 - skyhar8000
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February 8, 2013 - skyhar8000
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2012

July 2, 2012 - skyhar8000
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May 7, 2012 - skyhar8000
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April 7, 2012 - skyhar8000
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2011

September 3, 2011 - skyhar8000
This was an interesting trip. Knowing that tides would prevent me from accessing any but just the first cove, I went there to retrieve my floats. Big surprise! Floats all gone!! Someone will make...
August 1, 2011 - skyhar8000
Walked the mile from one end to the other -- bit risky because tide not out all that far. Was amazed to see very little human trash. I had stashed a large quantity of cork floats, and I carried...
June 17, 2011 - skyhar8000
Significant amount of finely-chopped kelp and sea vegetation, as though someone ran it through some gigantic Salad Shooter! Very little trash -- the ocean has made a fairly clean sweep. More than...
March 23, 2011 - skyhar8000
Able to access only the first four coves because tide was not ultra-low. Ocean has carved several cove floors into hills and valleys running east- west, so that hiking north-south requires some...

2010

June 12, 2010 - skyhar8000
Found two seal pup corpses. One was headless and being eaten by five (yes, 5!) bald eagles. The other was intact and perhaps 1/4 mile away. No cause of death immediately apparent. No adult or...
May 15, 2010 - skyhar8000
Threw 250-foot line down cliff to sea level. Had 1 person stay at top while I went down and got as many floats and as much debris as I could carry, and brought it to the rope. Hiked it up the hill...
May 1, 2010 - skyhar8000
Went down to my mile with a reporter from the Tillamook Headlight-Herald. Lots of washed in marine stuff. Plastic and other kinds of floats galore. Unfortunately, unable to locate my bags from...

2009

October 28, 2009 - skyhar8000
Roped down into "Cove 1" for litter control. The cliff trail 100 feet above sea level sustained a fall of scree, or loose rock, and roping garbage up from that point appear impossible now. I went...
June 20, 2009 - skyhar8000
Hiked the entire mile and picked up perhaps one or two bags of loose litter. Brought ALL of the stuff from my far cove to my near cove, where it needs to be hoisted and gotten out of there prior to...
April 27, 2009 - skyhar8000
Spent 2.5 hours doing litter pickup. Litter now in Coves 1 and 4 in sturdy bags above the high tide lines and ready for pickup. Will need to wait for another low tide to do this. Probably eight...

2008

December 11, 2008 - skyhar8000
Entered area 3:30pm as volunteer to look for the human and/or boat remains generated by the death of the NETWORK, a crabber that broke up out in Tillamook Bay. Very little trash washed in since my...
August 30, 2008 - skyhar8000
A team of three, including myself, went to Black Sand Beach and removed the litter that I picked up over the course of the spring and summer. As before, litter was roped up the cliffs and hiked to...
August 9, 2008 - skyhar8000
Dropped by the area but did not descend down to sea level, as tide was not low enough. Was there to look down and be sure litter gathered from my previous trips was still bagged and secured where I...
July 4, 2008 - skyhar8000
I managed to hike through all 10 coves due to extremely low tides. At the end of Cove 10, I changed into diving booties and waded through waist-deep tidal pools in order to round the corner to see...
May 6, 2008 - skyhar8000
I was able to walk as far south as I have ever been. There were no seals, but plenty of body drag marks, so I assume that some of the far coves are regular hangouts for them.I met 3 men in Cove 1 who...

2007

August 11, 2007 - skyhar8000
Tide-wise, it continues to be the case that one should not attempt to slip around the south end of Cove 1 without a tide of at least a -1.0. I arrived at the area about 5am and had to wait for...
July 28, 2007 - skyhar8000
Wow! A normal, ordinary visit to my mile. Such a deal!I hiked out the white plastic drum I dug from the rocks and wood in Cove 4 a few visits back. It is lighter than the white drum that we took out...
July 15, 2007 - skyhar8000
Saw several minor slides - had a good-sized rock fall between us - Allister had my hard hat on - I had nothing on my head - lucky me! This area REALLY is "HARDHAT-NEEDY"!Found and photographed tall...
June 30, 2007 - skyhar8000
Lots of dead starfish and mussels, more than usual. The water is a murky color, observed from both far and near.Found 300 feet of crab pot rope plus one attached buoy left by the sea wrapped around...
June 17, 2007 - skyhar8000
On 6-16-07, I descended at the usual access point and proceeded for a half mile south to retrieve 16 bags of trash. While in the area, I saw a man and woman taking photos, and I was met by Vivi...
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June 3, 2007 - skyhar8000
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May 19, 2007 - skyhar8000
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April 20, 2007 - skyhar8000
Beyond the turnaround, a trail leads south past the Oswald West State Park boundary line which is indicated by two signs, one fastened to a tree, the other on a metal ground stake. A short distance...
January 27, 2007 - Vivi Tallman
Black sand beach was splendid in the sunshine! One metal 50 gallon drum. No human impact. All as should be, best as I can see.