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Mile 296 Report
May 18, 2010
This afternoon I hiked the length of the South Nehalem Jetty.
This afternoon I hiked the length of the South Nehalem Jetty. Near the end of the jetty, I discovered two large tarps. One is caught in rocks and wood. The other one, I managed to dig out and haul back. Wind blowing, waves crashing, rain pelting down, and me jumping from rock to rock, with the heavy tarp alternately billowing into the air and catching on everything.Dragged it clear back to the Nedonna Beach parking lot and got it secured in some bushes. Walked home and retrieved it with my car. Tarp is easily 100 feet long and more than 10 feet wide. No grommets, no marine growth, very little fraying. Am donating it to local Master Gardeners group, and they will cut it up and use it for weed shielding in their vegetable/flower gardens. Not sure if the other tarp can be freed from where it is -- might someday take as much as I can using my diving knife. This was a great adventure -- soaked and freezing, and every gust threatening to yank me into the depths of Nehalem Bay. Not everybody's cup of tea, but certainly mine! SB
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North of the Nehalem River mile 296 is accessible only by an ~2 mile beach walk (or bicycle or horse) or a similar distance on a sandy track running down the center of the spit.
A sunny weekend day at the beach, loads of people, SOLV cleanup in September, beach extremely clean.
Gorgeous day: low temperature brought out only the hardiest, well-wrapped walkers.
Since this mile, ending in the Nehalem Bay North Jetty, is in a state park and activity is patrolled by park rangers, it is clean.
Aside from noted litter, otherwise clean; no erosion or interference.