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Because of the pandemic-related closure of the state parks, I accessed the beach via the steps at Deane's Lodging, by the kind permission of the owner. It was a mild, sunny afternoon. More visitors were out than I would have expected, given the current restrictions and closures -- a total of 22 people, 5 children and 17 adults, with 8 dogs accompanying them, 6 off leash. There were 1 bicyclist and 3 surfers. The drift line was well delineated by dried foam. (See photo.) There were numerous crab carapaces and legs as well as many dead sand fleas. I saw 4 whimbrels and a few gulls; also a couple of dead birds, which I couldn't identify. I'll attach a photo of the better preserved one. The large chunk of bluff that's been threatening to come down since December was still standing, although even more battered-looking. A little farther south, some bluff-top vegetation had collapsed, taking some of the Tillicum campground's fencing with it. (See photos.) Additional large chunks of bluff had fallen at a couple of other spots as well.

Conditions

Temperature: 63 F.

Human Activities

Number of people: 22. Number of dogs: 8. Walking or running: 13. Playing in sand: 2. Sitting: 4. Surfing: 3. Other Activities: Bicycling (1).

Notable Wildlife

4 whimbrels, a few gulls

Beached Birds

Total dead birds: 2. Couldn't determine (see photo)

Driftline Content

Animal casings (e.g., crab, shrimp molt), Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.). Two lengths of rope; was only able to remove one

Natural Changes

Landslides/major boulder falls, Newly exposed roots/trees falling.

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Mile 197

San Marine, Tillicum Beach, Tillicum Beach CG

February 25, 2024

What a gorgeous February day.

Marney Roddick

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Mile 197

San Marine, Tillicum Beach, Tillicum Beach CG

February 12, 2023

A pleasant afternoon on the mile.

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Mile 197

San Marine, Tillicum Beach, Tillicum Beach CG

October 19, 2022

Clean beach, mostly sunny day, although toward the end of my visit a chilly fog enveloped us.

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Mile 197

San Marine, Tillicum Beach, Tillicum Beach CG

August 3, 2022

Another beautiful day and a very clean beach -- impressive given the full campground at the height of summer.

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Mile 197

San Marine, Tillicum Beach, Tillicum Beach CG

May 13, 2022

A pleasant, sunny, slightly breezy afternoon on the mile.

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Mile 197

San Marine, Tillicum Beach, Tillicum Beach CG

January 8, 2022

Large chunks of bluff have fallen right at S boundary of Tillicum Beach CG.

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Mile 197

San Marine, Tillicum Beach, Tillicum Beach CG

November 13, 2021

Another beautiful day on the mile, warm and calm, after a couple of days of heavy rain.

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Mile 197

San Marine, Tillicum Beach, Tillicum Beach CG

July 28, 2021

A pretty, quiet morning on the mile; only about 30 people and 5 or 6 dogs (unleashed) were out on the beach.

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