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There was the usual wet &/or muddy sections on the trail, streams and waterfalls, and erosion in the areas where I would expect to see them at this time of the year.There was new vandalism in the form of writing on the new concrete base for the replacement bench(yet to be installed) and the remaining bench.There was more than usual trash from picnics along the trail (I picked it up). Also more "stuff" than usual on the beach section of this mile. Ex-wood pallet, lumber, much styrofoam, crab pot buoy. Since the beach is closed at this time of year for wildlife,I could not pick any of it up.The major human activity (29) was watching for marine mammals, esp. whales.Many marine mammals were observed. Grey whales-21 this morning during Whale Watch, 2 while on this hike. Elephant Seals-2 tagged pups, 3 adult females, California Sea Lions-100-200, Stellar Sea Lions-very few, Harbor Seals-200-300,many yearlings and 1 early pup nursing.Birds were Bald eagle, immature OspreyTurkey Vultures,Crows-around a tide pool,Pelagic Cormorants-some w/ breeding plumageBlack Oystercatchers, Harliquin Duck-1 male & 1 female together, Black Turnstone and Pigeon Guillemont.

Conditions

Temperature: 52 F. Cloud Cover: Cloudy. Wind Velocity: Calm/Light. Wind Direction: NW.

Human Activities

Other Activities: Observing Wildlife-29. Trash from lunch was left on the trail.There was writing on the new concrete base for the replacement bench(not installed yet).More writing on the bench that remains. Hasn't been cleaned yet.

Vehicles

Cars/trucks parking: 9.

Notable Wildlife

Elephant Seals-2 tagged pups, 3 adult females, Harbor Seals-200 to 300, many yearlings,and 1 pup, California Sea Lions-100 to 200, Stellar Sea Lions-very few, Gray Whales-Whale Watch observed 21 here this morning. I saw 2 while here. Immature Bald Eagle-1, Osprey-1, Black Oystercatchers-2, Harlequin Duck-1 male & 1 female, Pigeon Guillemont-6, Black Turnstone-1, Pelagic Cormorants-many, some w/ breeding plumage, and Crows-6 around a tidepool

Driftline Content

Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.), Styrofoam, Wood pieces.

Natural Changes

Slight erosion in areas that I expect to see it this time of year.

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Mile 118

August 22, 2022

Shore Acres State Park is a lovely place, with beautiful vistas and hiking trails, hundreds of marine mammals visible at Simpson Reef Overlook, and a wonderful botanical garden.

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July 14, 2016

Thirty-seven people were observing wildlife at Simpson Reef.

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July 31, 2015

Wildlife was a major feature of this trip, as usual.

D Bone

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July 29, 2012

I saw a total of 5 people.

D Bone

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June 10, 2012

Human Activities; 2 people walking their dogs and picking up trash, 2 people fishing, and 2 people watching wildlife.

D Bone

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June 2, 2011

The little available beach on this mile is still closed for Harbor Seal birthing.

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March 25, 2011

Not much happening.

D Bone

Mile 118

December 31, 2010

A lady sketching seals and sea lions from the Simpson's Reef Viewing Area pointed out an Elephant Seal with two pups.

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