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Mile 226 Report
June 21, 2011
Significant human activity was concentrated at the Lookout at Otter Crest, some 500 feet above the ocean, and was focused on the grey whale activity below and to the southwest.
Significant human activity was concentrated at the Lookout at Otter Crest, some 500 feet above the ocean, and was focused on the grey whale activity below and to the southwest. Two people were observed climbing down towards the ocean at the north end of the mile. No physical changes were observed along the shoreline, though the rockfall deposit northwest of the Lookout was highly visible due to the low tide at time of observation.
Temperature: 60 F. Cloud Cover: Foggy. Wind Velocity: Calm/Light. Wind Direction: NW. Tide Level: 0.0 feet.
Number of people: 2. Walking or running: 2. At the Lookout at Otter Crest near the south end of mile 226, there were many vehicles and at least 30 people observing whale activity. A whale-watching boat was also present. (These are not counted as activities noted above.) We walked down the access trail to the cliffed shoreline at the north end of mile 226 and saw one other couple descend a short distance toward the ocean at the only access point to the ocean on mile 226. When we returned from our walk along the bluff within 20 minutes, they were no longer there.
Cars/trucks parking: 1.
Two or three grey whales were feeding near the south end of mile 226 within a half-mile of the shoreline. Besides that, the only wildlife activity observed was several gulls flying parallel to the coastline.
No driftline content observed.
Actions & Comments
The rockfall deposit (colluvium) in the ocean to the northwest of the Otter Crest Lookout was very visible due to the relatively low tide and clear atmospheric conditions. No change in overall size has been observed since the last report. A profusion of wildflowers was observed on the bluffs just above the vegetation line. Amongst them were wild roses, manroot (wild cucumber), little tiger lily, golden-eyed grass, thrift or sea pink, desert parsley, and beach daisy.
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On a nice, fairly calm and partly cloudy day on the central Oregon coast, there were only a few people driving along Otter Crest Loop and even fewer stopping to enjoy the view from the the Lookout at Otter Crest State Scenic Wayside.
It was a very pleasant sunny day and the ocean was calm, so visibility at and slightly below the surface of the ocean was excellent.
There was nobody observed along the shoreline of mile 226, however there were a number of people driving and stopping along Otter Crest Loop, the roadway that provides excellent overviews of the mile.
There were no human activities noted near the shoreline, which is usual for this mile, but there was activity at the Lookout, where there were a moderate number of people parking and going to the viewpoints and into the Lookout building gift shop.
It was a nice day to be observing the coast, what with the moderate temperature, light wind, and clouds that covered the sky thinly.
Humans were only noted well above the shoreline, specifically at the Lookout, where people parked their vehicles to get out for a few minutes to observe the seascapes.
Human activities were essentially confined to those stopping their vehicles on Otter Crest Loop or at the Lookout to observe the views.