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Mile 244 Report
August 14, 2014
It is always refreshing to receive a thanks from strangers.
It is always refreshing to receive a thanks from strangers. by the time we parted company, Wally from Tuscon, Jennifer, Warren and their children from Snohomish and I had bonded over sea stars. They said that their enjoyment of the beach had been enhanced by a bit of introduction to the creatures, an awareness of the abundance they had not noticed and of the feeling of enrichment achieved by participating in closer observation and an official count of sea stars. These kind folks enriched my morning, too.
Temperature: 58 F. Cloud Cover: Foggy. Wind Velocity: Moderate. Wind Direction: W. Tide Level: 0.6 feet.
Number of people: 75. Number of dogs: 2. Walking or running: 67. Playing in surf: 2. Photography: 3. Tidepooling: 6. At the three big rocks due west of N.W.38th Street access, a friendly three generation family became interested in my sea star counting. I explained some of the process and they took a closer look at our rocks. Within five minutes, they discovered a six inch, healthy, purple star on a tidepool rock.
Cars/trucks parking: 2.
One half-inch snail among young (1 - inch) anemone in tidepool, small barnacles on sides of rocks, tops of shore side rocks had been cleared of barnacles, leaving barnacle tracks (white dots) behind. Large barnacles (up to 8 inches long) on east face of center big rock, covered north end of rock up to five feet above sand. The rest of the mussel populace were small to medium size. A patch, 8 ft. long by 5 ft. high from sand up, was cleared of mussels. South rock star count at 36th Street access, by size was three at 12 inches, one at 9 inches, one at six inches and one at five inches, all healthy, clustered at the south end of the south rock. At the north end of the south rock, one 8 incher also enjoyed good health. At the middle rock, three 10 inchers, five 8 inchers and one six incher enjoyed good health. On the north rock, two 8 inchers thrived. These were all a mixture of orange or purple, most were purple, as was the one 6 incher found on the tidepool rock northwest face. I was only able to reach the east face of any of the big rocks.
Seaweeds and seagrass, Shells, Wood pieces.
A sand dune semicircle about five feet high and twelve feet across had been erected, like a sand castle.
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Today was a beautiful day to walk on the beach with a dog or to take photos of the birds.
Although there are signs prohibiting fires and fireworks, they don't seem to be enforced.
I've attached photos of what appears to be a homeless shelter built into a cliff wall and a picture of children digging in the cliff wall.
An incredible opportunity to watch two bald eagle on Lincoln City, Oregon Beach.
What stays the same here and needs attention is the plastic drainage pipes hanging down the cliff from private property that drain onto the beach.