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Mile 288 Report
June 12, 2010
It was a warm, yet very windy day on mile 288.
It was a warm, yet very windy day on mile 288. The parking lot was packed with vehicles but almost no one was on the beach. Most people rode bicycles or walked along the Bay side of Bayocean Spit. Many had dogs and some were camping or carrying camping gear.The shoreline along the beach was almost devoid of anything but sand. There were few rocks, small pieces of wood, shells, or anything in particular. The high tide line had the usual debris: plastic and glass bottles, some floats, miscellaneous human detritus. There was a bit more than usual, possibly because the high winds were blowing off the top layers of sand, possibly exposing debris that had been buried.It's interesting to see how the shore changes with the seasons. Now in the spring of 2010, as mentioned there are few natural objects besides sand. In the past there have been periods with many shells, sand crabs, small rocks or small wood pieces and so forth. Right now the beach is being scoured and cleaned by the wind.
Temperature: 65 F. Cloud Cover: Sunny. Wind Velocity: Strong. Wind Direction: NW. Tide Level: 3.0 feet.
Number of people: 1. Other Activities: Walking with bicycle. The only person was moving into the wind and had to walk his bicycle because the wind was too strong. I saw a number of bicyclists and walkers on the Bay side of Bayocean Spit, but virtually no one on the ocean side. Yet there were more cars and vehicles in the parking lot than I'd ever seen before. Where do they go?
Cars/trucks parking: 34. RVs/Buses parking: 2.
Along my mile I saw the usual Gulls (mostly Western) but there was a first, a Forster's Tern. At the north end of Bayocean Spit, in mile 289, there were hundreds of Gulls and dozens of Brown Pelicans milling over the water near shore.
Land-based debris (picnics, etc.).
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There were 6 or more plovers and large accumulations of driftwood (both along the base and on top of the foredune cutbank).
It was great to see two separate families picking up beach trash/debris in the driftline from the most recent storms including in Mile 288!
There was clear indications of active foredune erosion with visible cutbanks (see photo) and significant debris.