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Mile 204 Report
February 3, 2012
Driftwood Beach lived up to its name.
Driftwood Beach lived up to its name. Considerable wood debris but surprisingly no trash.
Temperature: 50 F. Cloud Cover: Sunny. Wind Velocity: Moderate. Wind Direction: E. Tide Level: 0.0 feet.
Number of people: 4. Number of dogs: 1. Walking or running: 4. Calm and quiet
Cars/trucks parking: 3.
12 gulls, 8 crows
Total dead birds: 2. 2-unable to id (see photo)
Small rocks, Wood pieces.
2 minor landslides
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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.
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.
I haven't walked Driftwood Beach regularly since the PacWave South wave energy project completed work underground in the Driftwood parking lot.
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.
This was probably the last dependably dry Mile 204 walk before the rains begin in earnest.
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.
Driftwood Wayside is open again after PacWave's departure, but I was the only visitor on this breezy, drizzly day.
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.