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This was probably the last dependably dry Mile 204 walk before the rains begin in earnest. The incoming tide covered most of the normally wide beach, the tides now beginning to erode the seasonal summer dunes. I walked from Driftwood Wayside to Fox Creek on the north, then south to Buckley Creek and back, tracking a little north of Mile 204's boundaries in order to keep my feet dry. Despite Driftwood Wayside being so accessible just off Highway 101, there were only a few people and their dogs, mine included, enjoying a beautiful Sunday morning on Driftwood Beach.

Conditions

Temperature: 57 F. Tide Level: 6.5 feet.

Human Activities

Number of people: 5. Number of dogs: 4. Walking or running: 5.

Vehicles

Cars/trucks parking: 3.

Notable Wildlife

Just a few gulls and crows

Driftline Content

Small rocks, Seaweeds and seagrass, Wood pieces, Marine debris (plastic, styrofoam, etc. washing in from the sea). The tides have uncovered some sand, revealing debris areas of small plastic pieces, see photo.

New Development

There is no visible PacWave South activity on the beach or Driftwood Wayside parking area. I believe PacWave South is reviewing bids for constructing their collection facility to be located east of Highway 101. See attached photo of this site.

Man-made Modifications

I suppose it was only a matter of time until political graffiti got etched into Buckley Creek's sand bluff, see attached photo. Along the path south of the Driftwood Wayside parking area, the Parks Department has been working to remove the invasive Scotch Broom which crowds out native Kinnickinnick on which the resident endangered Seaside Hoary Elfin butterfly depends. It's a hard job, and a lot of Scotch Broom remains, see photos.

Natural Changes

Some erosion of the low, rolling seasonal dunes on the beach seaward of the more permanent foredune.

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Driftwood Beach at almost high tide
Sweetie investigating sand sculpture
Rocky driftline
Big driftwood log, then and now
Taking a break
Small plastic debris pieces uncovered by tides
Politics comes to Buckley Creek sand bluff
Kinnickinnick and pile of cut Scotch Broom
Kinnickinnick and pile of cut Scotch Broom
PacWave South collection facility site

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Mile 204

Driftwood Beach Wayside, Buckley Creek

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

Driftwood Beach Wayside, Buckley Creek

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

Driftwood Beach Wayside, Buckley Creek

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

Driftwood Beach Wayside, Buckley Creek

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

Driftwood Beach Wayside, Buckley Creek

October 23, 2022

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

Jon French

Mile 204

Driftwood Beach Wayside, Buckley Creek

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

Driftwood Beach Wayside, Buckley Creek

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

Driftwood Beach Wayside, Buckley Creek

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