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Mile 315 Report
September 24, 2017
As this was my first visit to my mile, I wanted to get baseline images so that on subsequent visits, I will be able to note any changes in the topography, and any other issues that a CoastWatcher looks for.
As this was my first visit to my mile, I wanted to get baseline images so that on subsequent visits, I will be able to note any changes in the topography, and any other issues that a CoastWatcher looks for. The tide was starting to rise nearing the end of my visit, so the next time I will go even earlier in the day.The ocean water at Chapman Point and Bird Rocks was incredibly clean, clear and turquoise.Two hours were actually spent walking Ecola State Park/parking lot, searching for access to Crescent Beach, and then North Chapman Beach accessed at 7th and Ash Streets. An additional four hours have been spent preparing the photos for upload and writing the report.
Temperature: 75 F. Cloud Cover: Sunny. Wind Velocity: Calm/Light.
Over a two-hour period small groups of people, some with dogs, came and went along North Chapman Beach. There were single people also walking along the shore. It was difficult to specifically quantify all humans and dogs as this was my inaugural visit and I was trying to record baseline photographs and video of water, sand, buildings, rocks and shoreline. At Ecola State Park there were many tourists, but also quite a few hikers. There was a big group of about 10 hikers that also had dogs.
Apparent violations: burned out fire in sand.
Actions & Comments
I did not that there were flowers and peppers on the beach that were not naturally part of the landscape - obviously brought by humans and not carried out. (see photos)There was a fire "pit" that I think shouldn't have been there because of the use of driftwood (see photo)I was unable to find the trail down to Crescent Beach (between North Chapman Beach and Ecola State Park). There was confusing directions on which location to access a usable trail and, after asking the State Park agent at the park entry for specific directions, it still was not clear. I will explore further on my next visit.I did capture photos of Crescent Beach from the bluff (near the parking lot) at Ecola State Park.I did note a vehicle on the beach dropping off or picking up items for a group of people on the beach, quite a ways back from the shoreline. It was not an off-road vehicle, which I believe is allowed.
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A resident was walking from Chapman Point toward the river when two dogs, a husky and a black lab, ran up to her, barking and chasing her.
Quite a few people enjoying a Sunday morning walk on the beach at low tide, able to walk to Crescent Beach via the sand bridge by the first Bird Rock.
A tourist attempted to climb the west end of the first Bird Rock at Chapman Point for a photo opportunity, flushing two black oystercatcher parents from their nest and away from their chicks.