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Mile 288 Report
September 13, 2008
Mile 288 was only partially seen as severe weather conditions made it difficult to observe.
Mile 288 was only partially seen as severe weather conditions made it difficult to observe. Fog was very heavy, limiting visibility to maybe 200 feet. Wind was very strong from the north, blowing mist all over this observer's glasses, which made it even harder to see. The beach appeared clean as usual and only small rocks were noted. Debris did not appear evident, but as visibility was so poor, it was hard to estimate. This summertime observation encountered winter-like conditions. One plus is that the beach felt almost mystical in the fog and mist.
Temperature: 50 F. Cloud Cover: Foggy. Wind Velocity: Strong. Wind Direction: N. Tide Level: 2.8 feet.
Number of people: 2. Number of dogs: 1. Walking or running: 2. There were many vehicles in the Bay Ocean Spit parking lot including horse trailers. However, due to heavy fog on the beach, there were few people there so it is assumed most people at the beach were along Tillamook Bay, where it was sunnier. It should be noted that three tents were seen along the beach (either mile 288 or mile 287) and a group of four tents were seen on the Bay side so camping continues on the Spit.
Cars/trucks parking: 29.
Due to heavy fog, the only birds noted along mile 288 were Western Gulls and a small group of California Pelicans. On the bay side of the peninsula near the parking lot, there were numerous gulls (mostly Western), two Marbled Godwit, two Whimbrel, and several groups of Western Sandpiper.
Actions & Comments
No problems were noted although visibility was extremely limited and weather conditions were severe.
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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.