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Mile 104 Report
April 1, 2008
The only development of note is a very large sign prohibiting vehicles from going south of it on the beach.
The only development of note is a very large sign prohibiting vehicles from going south of it on the beach. The sign is attached to a steel i-beam embedded in the high-tide area perhaps a quarter of a mile north of the beach parking lot. This one's chance of survival in storm surges is probably better than the wooden posts used in years past. Kelp, shells, small rocks and ocean-based debris in driftline. A few gulls and a flock of Sanderlings on the shoreline. The dune erosion appears to have halted now that the tide levels are falling slightly, and it is again possible to walk safely, but cautiously, at high tide. Low human impact (3)-1 walking, 2 on horseback. One dog.
Temperature: 40 F. Cloud Cover: Partly Cloudy. Wind Velocity: Moderate. Wind Direction: N. Tide Level: 5.9 feet.
Number of people: 3. Number of dogs: 1. Walking or running: 1. Other Activities: 2 on horseback. The vehicle had left before I walked the beach but its tracks stopped at the new sign forbidding vehicles beyond that point.
Cars/trucks parking: 3. Cars/trucks on beach, allowed: 1.
A few gulls on the shoreline, as well as a flock of Sanderlings.
Seaweeds and seagrass, Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.), Shells, Small rocks.
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The tide line appears to have receded to the point that the ocean no longer is eating away at the dunes north of the parking area. It is possible to walk safely, but cautiously, at high tide now.
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After finishing the walk and observing the family around their fire, I made my way to the park host/ranger station to report the illegal campfire.
A cloudy but calm morning saw just me and a few gulls on the beach, while about 20 cormorants, a pelican and other gulls flew offshore.
No one else was out on this calm morning after two days of extremely high surf--at least when we started north.