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Mile 104 Report
March 18, 2013
A chilly and windy day at the beach.
A chilly and windy day at the beach. Mostly cloudy with the sun trying to break through. Two vehicles in the parking lot upon arrival. A couple with a dog are north, walking towards the parking lot. Another couple passes me and does the same. Wind has eroded a once buried bed of beach rocks along the southern side. Vehicle tracks are seen within the prohibited area. 150 yards south of the sign, a vehicle turned around, probably realizing there was wrong doing. A few groups of seagulls, and 18-20 Sanderlings were spotted. No signs of garbage or man-made debris within the shoreline. Large amounts of driftwood remain among the high shoreline. Considerable erosion occurring along the northern dunes. Only shells,rocks and wood pieces in driftline.
Temperature: 47 F. Cloud Cover: Cloudy. Wind Velocity: Moderate. Wind Direction: N. Tide Level: 4.6 feet.
Number of people: 4. Number of dogs: 1. Walking or running: 4. The tracks from the vehicle looked like they had been left the same day, hours before I arrived.
Apparent violations: Tracks in the sand showed that a vehicle had driven 150 yards south of "vehicles prohibited beyond this point" sign, before turning around..
Cars/trucks parking: 2. Cars/trucks on beach, prohibited: 1.
18-20 Sanderlings combed the shore just south of the bathrooms. Two flocks of seagulls flew by.
Shells, Small rocks, Wood pieces.
Erosion of vegetated foredune.
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500 yards north of the sign, the dunes have eroded to a sheer drop. Vegetation has shown to have recently eroded and more exposed logs are seen that were buried long ago.
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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.