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Mile 55 Report
September 24, 2009
I arrived just after 9 AM.
I arrived just after 9 AM. No cars in the parking lot. I walked the mile and saw no dead bird or litter or evidence of erosion. The beach goes along a steep cliffside and I was surprised that there were not more rocks and boulders having fallen. There was a lot of driftwood along the base of the cliff but nothing unusual. No cars on the beach (legal here) no dogs and only one other person. The campsite was full and it was a beautiful day but the beach was deserted except for the two of us. As I approached the end of mile 55 I saw one dead seal. There was nothing remarkable about it. It did not look to have been dead very long. As I returned I looked at the erosion on needle rock. The side facing the ocean is undercut and a couple of holes about a foot in diameter are bored through the rock. I could not tell if this is due to wind or water. The holes may be above the high tide level so I am guessing wind. I have not walked this mile in 5 to 10 years. The holes are new since then. This is my first walk as a coastwatch walker. I am taking over for my mother who use to do it. The erosion is natural and nothing is threatened except the rock apppears to be a nesting place for a flock of coramants. I will take a photo on my next walk.
Number of people: 1. Walking or running: 1.
Total dead birds: 1. Dead for awhile could not identify it except that it had webbed feet.
Stranded Marine Mammals
Total stranded mammals: 1. As I approached the end of mile 55 I saw one dead seal. There was nothing remarkable about it. It did not look to have been dead very long.
Needle Rock is developing an undercut with a hole going through it.
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This beautiful beach is accessed by a road in the campground in Cape Blanco State Park.
Wanted to document the driftwood pile-up that's been in place for the past few weeks at Cape Blanco beach.
A beautiful day for my first mile summary; a Christmas present, indeed.