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Mile 305 Report
March 23, 2011
Able to access only the first four coves because tide was not ultra-low.
Able to access only the first four coves because tide was not ultra-low. Ocean has carved several cove floors into hills and valleys running east- west, so that hiking north-south requires some extra effort. Appears to be natural phenomenon.Floating wood and other natural debris pushed to eastern limits (bottom of cliff faces). Almost no place for manmade stuff to accumulate. There are a few loads that I may try to bring out later in the year when the tides are ultra-low. Just to avoid erosion from lifting trash bags, it is easier to toss the larger plastic floats back in the surf, as they will probably wash up where it is easier to remove them safely and without the loss of soil that up-the-cliff dragging causes.Abundance of marine life, both animal and lots of vegetation, clinging to rocks in intertidal area.Looked healthier and more natural than usual, and again, very little man-made stuff of any kind.
Temperature: 50 F. Cloud Cover: Sunny. Wind Velocity: Moderate. Wind Direction: N. Tide Level: -0.8 feet.
Other Activities: Hiking. No one present except my hiking partner and me.
One small seal, not a pup, but either a big kid or a small adult. Live and in apparently good health.
Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.).
Newly exposed roots/trees falling, Landslides/major boulder falls.
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A few newly-fallen trees, bushes, and shrubs. Appears to be from natural causes. Surprisingly little manmade debris from any source. Swept very clean either by the winter storms or perhaps the brief tsunami water rise.
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In 50 plus years of visiting this small cove, this is the only time I've ever seen it this calm.
Great hike to very end of possible area to walk in due to extremely low tide.