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Mile 104 Report
December 31, 2008
Only one other person was out of my mile today, though it was a pleasant beach-walking time.
Only one other person was out of my mile today, though it was a pleasant beach-walking time. Unfortunately it was also attractive for atv operators, one of which I encountered in the flesh. He was not fazed by my telling him atvs are not allowed on this stretch and continued onward. So I notified Bullard's Beach State Park staff, which planned to take action. Other atv tracks were visible north of Bullards.Some bird activity: a few gulls, several Sanderlings, a half-dozen gulls offshore.Logs are either being uncovered or are coming onto shore now. Bull kelp and logs are notable in the dune grasses at several points, indicating wave overtopping. Erosion of the foredune. Shells, small rocks, wood pieces, land-and ocean-based debris in driftline. Low human impact (2)-one walking with a dog and one driving an ATV on a restricted beach.
Temperature: 40 F. Cloud Cover: Cloudy. Wind Velocity: Calm/Light. Wind Direction: S. Tide Level: 3.5 feet.
Number of people: 1. Number of dogs: 1. Walking or running: 1. I encountered 1 atv male driver with child and unleashed dog and advised him he was driving down an atv-prohibited beach. He was adamant that a sign at the access point said atvs were allowed. He continued south toward the Bullard's Beach parking lot vicinity. I phoned in this information to the Bullard's office, which planned to take action on the atver.Incidentally, as he pointed out, there were many other atv tracks on the beach, even going up into the dune grasses.
Cars/trucks parking: 1. ATVs/OHVs on beach, prohibited: 1.
A few gulls and several Sanderlings foraged in the incoming tideline while a half-dozen pelicans searched for food offshore in churning seas.
Land-based debris (picnics, etc.), Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.), Shells, Small rocks, Styrofoam, Wood pieces. Lots of beach grass in the high line. I filled a SOLV bag with plastic bottles.
Erosion of vegetated foredune, Evidence of wave overtopping.
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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.