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Mile 221 Report
February 4, 2007
Low levels of sand piling over all areas except Schooner Point.
Low levels of sand piling over all areas except Schooner Point. Beach rack line is typically several yards westward of average summer lines, indicating ocean waves are not flowing as high on the beach as they do in summer months. Almost no human litter anywhere on the Mile. Some new rip rap has been placed on beach below some of the bluffs that have houses perched atop. Five trees have tumbled off the side or top of the bluffs on the stretch called the Moolack Slide since last report. Also several scars on the sides of these bluffs with soil type talus on the beach below them indicate land sloughing since last report, signs of steady westward bluff erosion. In general, saw one small flock of resting seagulls, 12 - 14 birds. Sand piling level was about 5 feet below the usual summer high level, typically happening in August. This current high piling level indicates that there is an unusually higher-than-normal deposition of beach sand by natural means for this time of the year. In February, the sand level should be several feet lower at the site I measured it, Schooner Point. Elsewhere on Mile 221, bedrock exposure and the seaward line of beach rack brought about by incoming waves show the usual low level of deposited sand for wintertime. Why does Schooner Point get more sand deposit than the rest of the Mile?
Cloud Cover: Rain. Wind Velocity: Moderate.
Number of people: 12. Walking or running: 12.
Cars/trucks parking: 1.
New riprap or shoreline protection structures.
Landslides/major boulder falls, Newly exposed roots/trees falling.
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This is my first report in 2020 although I have walked all or part of this mile several times this summer.
The sand is starting to wash away and some rocks that haven't been seen since July are beginning to reappear.
It was a beautiful, sunny day with no wind and a very low incoming tide.
I accessed the beach from NW 68th St which is just south of Schooner Point and the southern end of mile 221.
There was nothing startling or unusual about this beachwalk except that we noted significant destruction of a staircase and its foundation below the large vacation rentals just south of Moolack Beach.
38 is a large number of people on this section of beach for any time of year but it was a sunny, windless day so it was perfect for beach walking.