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Mile 48 Report
November 6, 2021
Couldn't get to the south end of the mile due to the King Tide waves running up too high.
Couldn't get to the south end of the mile due to the King Tide waves running up too high. Risked getting cut off from being able to get back to the parking lot. Took pix down the beach from the middle. Didn't see any huge issues or concerns, other than the amount of debris that had been washed up and wondering about cleanup efforts after the series of King Tides is over. Looks like it would take a LOT of effort to clean up, and curious to know if anything is planned. We drove to Hubbard Creek access and went down on the south side of the creek (not Mile 48) but couldn't get across the creek to walk the southern section of the mile.
Temperature: 53 F. Cloud Cover: Partly Cloudy. Wind Velocity: Calm/Light. Wind Direction: W. Tide Level: 4.9 feet.
Number of people: 11. Number of dogs: 3. Walking or running: 11. Photography: 1. Other Activities: A woman (and her husband) was cleaning up plastics around mid-beach. Said they take it to the place that makes art out of it. We gave them some things we found.. The OHV looked like an adapted e-bile or very small motorcycle. Wasn't doing much other than riding out and back - not much beach available.
Apparent violations: none.
Cars/trucks parking: 5. ATVs/OHVs on beach, allowed: 1.
Just the "usual" birds - seagulls - on the beach and some other water birds (don't know the species) out beyond the surf.
Total dead birds: 1. Don't know the species - see photo.
Seaweeds and seagrass, Wood pieces, Land-based debris (picnics, etc.), Marine debris (plastic, styrofoam, etc. washing in from the sea), Styrofoam, Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.). Lots of trash, probably washed in on the first of the King Tides. Sea-based debris was green nylon ropes.
Major cracks appearing in bluffs, Newly exposed roots/trees falling, Visible retreat of solid bluff. Saw some downed trees that I think are newly washed down the cliff, some signs it being new are the muddy rivulets of water at the base of the root wad of a tipped over tree. See pix.
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Holiday weekend with good weather brought out a lot of people.
This was an exceptionally warm Saturday so there were more people on the beach than I usually see but everyone was well behaved and loving the rare chance to be on the beach (and even a few brave souls in the water) without multiple layers of coats.
Driftwood 5th graders had a wonderful day at their first observation of their adopted mile.
Curry County Schools
On a mild, sunny Friday in November we found the beach pretty quiet.
Beach was looking pretty clean of trash at the surf line and above in the dry sand.