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I did not see any additional erosion or water damage from the few yards I accessed

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Temperature: 37 F. Cloud Cover: Partly Cloudy. Wind Velocity: Calm/Light. Tide Level: 3.0 feet.

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This morning I only ventured on part of my 204 mile, mainly to the north of the beach access at Driftwood Beach state park.  The previous week had been windy, stormy, with a high tide on 12/20 of 8.21. Today was a calm morning, partly cloudy with a sprinkling of snow on the beach, mainly in the grassy dune areas and on the logs, kelp and driftwood. The reason I only went a little ways on my mile was the debris. As I was accessing my mile I met 2 ladies with a dog on a leash returning from the beach with an armful of rope and plastic. I had forgotten to bring a bag with me today for garbage, just had my phone and camera, so I took a few photos, loaded my jacket pockets with plastic and styrofoam and returned home. My observation was much more debris on the beach close to the access. I went home and retrieved a large garbage bag, reacher grabber and a 5 gallon bucket (photos attached) and then returned to the beach. I only made it about 100 yards mainly to the north of access filling my 5 gallon bucket. So much more there, I couldn't carry anymore. The bag I had left at the state park next to two garbage cans there which were overflowing with garbage that other people accessing the beach had also picked up. Along with the garbage that had come in on the preceding stormy days and high tides were some driftwood and a couple new logs along with bunches of bull kelp (photos attached). Today I saw 4 other people and 2 dogs while I was on my mile. They were closer to the water line. Once I returned from the beach to the park I dumped my 5 gallon bucket and some of the overflowing garbage into the garbage bag and took it home

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Mile 204

November 19, 2023

Today marked my latest sighting of the old growth driftwood log that I've admired and whose comings and goings from Driftwood Beach I've documented since June 2020, when I first photographed it high on the beach south of Buckley Creek.

Jon French

Mile 204

August 11, 2023

I had read that the 265-foot vessel Seacor Lee would be anchoring a mile off Driftwood Beach in support of OSU's PacWave South wave energy testing project, positioned so that divers from the ship could perform work on previously installed seafloor conduits.

Jon French

Mile 204

June 17, 2023

I haven't walked Driftwood Beach regularly since the PacWave South wave energy project completed work underground in the Driftwood parking lot.

Jon French

Mile 204

January 1, 2023

By the time I got to Driftwood Wayside, a lot of people had already arrived for their New Years Day beach walks, some 30 vehicles in the parking lot and 30 - 40 people down on the beach, accompanied by at least half as many dogs, almost all leashed.

Jon French

Mile 204

October 23, 2022

This was probably the last dependably dry Mile 204 walk before the rains begin in earnest.

Jon French

Mile 204

August 17, 2022

After the morning fog lifted and before the marine layer moved in, I walked from Seal Rock on Mile 205 to Beach Access 66C on Mile 203.

Jon French

Mile 204

June 3, 2022

Driftwood Wayside is open again after PacWave's departure, but I was the only visitor on this breezy, drizzly day.

Jon French

Mile 204

May 10, 2022

The PacWave South wave energy project hosted a BBQ today at Driftwood Wayside for staff and neighbors to celebrate the completion of construction work here and the reopening of the Wayside later this month.

Jon French