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Chilly summer day at the beach. Very busy for a Tuesday, but that's the summer for you. The majority of cars were from Oregon and British Columbia. A lot of surfers, and even one kayaker, despite the cold. Some large cracks in the soil/dunes were seen (as photographed), and erosion continues to be a problem. Again, my biggest concern is just if people are building and managing fires responsibly.

Conditions

Temperature: 65 F. Cloud Cover: Foggy. Wind Velocity: Moderate.

Human Activities

Number of people: 132. Number of dogs: 7. Walking or running: 17. Playing in surf: 9. Playing in sand: 7. Sitting: 80. Photography: 2. Surfing: 16. Kayaking: 1. Mostly, people just enjoying sitting by the beach on a chilly summer day. As always, the more people, the more litter seen. My biggest concern were 3 recent fires where they were burning large driftwood very near vegetation; the strong stench of human urine was also smelled near these fires.

Concerns

Fire, Litter

Apparent violations: 3 fires with large burnt driftwood very near vegetation line.

Disturbances: Shorebirds moving in response to humans/dogs

Vehicles

Cars/trucks parking: 90.

Driftline Content

Seaweeds and seagrass, Animal casings (e.g., crab, shrimp molt), Land-based debris (picnics, etc.), Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.), Marine debris (plastic, styrofoam, etc. washing in from the sea), Shells, Small rocks, Styrofoam, Wood pieces.

Natural Changes

Major cracks appearing in bluffs, Newly exposed roots/trees falling, Visible retreat of solid bluff.

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