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Mile 226 Report
September 22, 2010
Notable was the number of tourists at the lookout and along old Hwy.
Notable was the number of tourists at the lookout and along old Hwy. 101. The pleasant day and the gray whales were significant attractions along this spectacular segment of the Oregon coast.
Temperature: 60 F. Cloud Cover: Sunny. Wind Velocity: Calm/Light. Tide Level: 7.0 feet.
Numerous tourists observing and photographing California gray whales from lookout by gift shop near south end of mile. A number of vehicles stopping and people getting out for photos along one-way section of old Hwy. 101. Two bicyclists taking numerous photos along this stretch. Nobody at only access point to ocean at north end of mile.
Two large California gray whales, swimming separately, close in to the lookout at the south end of mile. One directly to west of lookout, just offshore, observable from viewing area just to immediate south of gift shop, was observable just below the surface in between breaths before deep dives.
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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.