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Mile 224 Report
January 31, 2016
Nice day on the beach, able to toss the ball for my dog to retrieve w/out interference from out of control off lead dogs (dog has has its ball stolen by loose dogs on multiple occasions).
Nice day on the beach, able to toss the ball for my dog to retrieve w/out interference from out of control off lead dogs (dog has has its ball stolen by loose dogs on multiple occasions). Saw only one other dog off lead, it was more or less under control of its people. Very interesting beach. More bedrock exposed in southern 1/2 of beach then I've ever seen, also some slides along the bluff, one slide bringing a tree or two w/it. The channel of the culvert in the southern 1/3 or 1/2 of the mile seemed much changed: some of the bluff on the north side of the channel had slumped/slid, much debris, drift logs, etc., were in the channel, and large semi-rounded rocks/cobbles dominated & blocked the channel, w/some driftlogs & branches on top. Just below the rocks/drift logs, the channel had been scoured down to bedrock. Usually the opening of the culvert itself is very visible from the channel--on the 31st it was barely visible (see photo). Other changes: storms had revealed a private access stairway I don't remember seeing before (just south of the Alpine Chalet access)--whose concrete base bottom had been undercut by the ocean, and possibly whatever foliage concealed it before was removed as well. I was on the beach for 45 minutes to an hour, probably from about 11 am to noon. Low tide at the HMSC docks was at 11:32am. Nice day for a walk on the beach.
Temperature: 50 F. Cloud Cover: Cloudy. Wind Velocity: Calm/Light. Wind Direction: SW. Tide Level: 2.7 feet.
Number of people: 24. Number of dogs: 4. Walking or running: 19. Playing in surf: 2. Surfing: 2. Other Activities: 1 gold "mining" w/a sluice. Dogs mostly under control. Surfers just entering water when I left.
Cars/trucks parking: 5.
Land-based debris (picnics, etc.). Bits of plastic, not pellets, probably from broken up plastic objects
Newly exposed roots/trees falling, Visible retreat of solid bluff. Landslides/major boulder falls; slide plus storm surge reshaped stream channel from culvert under highway
Actions & Comments
No action to take. Erosion is result of this winter's heavy rains and storms surges. I don't remember ever seeing this mile's beach be so high energy. Towards the south end there's more of the bedrock at the base of the beach bluff revealed then I've seen before. This part of the beach is more frequently covered by water during winter high tides then the northern end of the mile. Energy of the high tides plus storm surges has removed a great deal of sediment and probably hastened a few slides along this same part of the mile--and then possibly shoved a lot of rock, driftwood into the channel formed by the water flowing through the culvert under 101 in the south 1/3 of the mile.
All Mile 224 Reports
Very low tide this am, I have no idea what the exact tide level was so I didn't enter a number.
Quite a dynamic winter on this mile, more erosion noted, and a moderate sized slide seen on the mile.
Nice day for a walk on the beach, clean beach, saw 6 cyclists (one solo, I think the rest were more or less together), first time I've seen cyclists on this beach, have seen them off & on from the south jetty north to Lucky Gap access.
Pretty day on the beach, I was on the beach when the tide was going out, my South Beach tide table indicates the low tide in SB was at 9:43 am & 1.
Pleasant day at the beach at a low low tide (not a minus tide though.