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A beautiful day for breaking rules. I'm calling it my winter visit, since I failed to quite get there before the spring equinox. Found what USFS person said was a sanderling, but I'm calling a plover, because I so wanted it to be (and I'm not sure it wasn't). Calm in morning, brisk cold wind in afternoon, but very sunny and lovely. Very little bird action anywhere (but happy to see two bald eagles). Encountered five teenage backpackers, heading south for a two- or three-night spring break backpack along the dunes. New and very nice trailhead signs. Accompanied by Jack Long (AKA Mile 156) once again--great companion! Southern dune on Tahkenitch Creek oxbow continues to erode--I wonder if we will ever see it break through, and if so, where?

Conditions

Temperature: 60 F. Cloud Cover: Sunny. Wind Velocity: Moderate. Wind Direction: N. Tide Level: 0.4 feet.

Human Activities

Number of people: 8. Walking or running: 7. Other Activities: 1 USFS person in truck. But the vehicle was driven by a USFS employee working on trailhead signs and plover fencing, apparently. No actual concerns. Day Use Area road was closed in the a.m., so we used the "loophole" to access dunes & beach.

Vehicles

Cars/trucks on beach, prohibited: 1.

Notable Wildlife

1 adult and one immature bald eagle, a half-dozen gulls, one pelican flying over waves, one flock of sanderlings, one snowy plover I swear (USFS person said it was a sanderling, but it was alone and had dark band at neck like plover. So, uncertain. Had bad right leg)

Driftline Content

Minimal (a few glass and plastic bottles, a rope, lots of shell fragments and smallish crab molt.

Actions & Comments

High sand volume (no sign of buried fishing boat).

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August 21, 2023

It was another beautiful day on Mile 157, which we entered from the upper part of the Oregon Dunes Loop Trail.

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July 30, 2022

Mile 157 is a beautiful, little-visited stretch of coastline.

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January 1, 2014

Beautiful New Years Day at the beach, while it was cold and foggy in the valley.

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March 5, 2013

A rainy day; we had the beach to ourselves.

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Mile 157

November 25, 2012

Gorgeous day at the beach (crappy and cloudy and cold in Eugene).

bzenderson

Mile 157

June 20, 2012

There is a lot of buzz about whether the stuff on the beaches these days is from the tsunami.

bzenderson

Mile 157

April 15, 2012

Fair amount of ocean-borne debris, but unlike my last walk here about a month earlier, when the debris was d0ominated by Japanese plastic bottles (tsunami debris?

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decorative elemnt for a coastwatch report.

Mile 157

January 28, 2012

Stunning winter day; we were totally overdressed, kept shedding clothes to the brink of immodesty.

bzenderson