Mile 125 Report

September 9, 2012
by rubygoes

North Beach on North Spit Coos Bay
65° F
Calm/Light from the N
Tide Level:
3.2 ft
Humans / Pets:
horseback riding
Shorebirds moving in response to humans/dogs
Cars/Trucks parking:
Activity Comments:
5 horseback riders seen in the distance, and myself made 6. The 5 women came down the path over the foredune for only a few minutes, let their horses look at the Pacific, and returned
Notable Wildlife:
one sea lion beyond the rough surf very interested in my horse and me. He (she?) raised himself as far out of the water as possible for a very good, long look. Sanderings on beach and Turkey Vultures flying overhead.
Dead Birds:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Kelp or Algae·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Land-based debris (picnics, etc.)·Shells·Small rocks·Styrofoam
New Development:
Natural Changes:
Litter on this ride consisted mainly of only 3 items: plastic water bottles, orange colored chunks of Styrofoam(approx. 1x1' with edges looking torn), and a pale aqua blue Styrofoam. I put in a call to BLM to ask if they had identified the source of these two types of foam, and am waiting for word. These were numerous at the high tide mark. There are always water bottles on the beach, but the number on miles 124 and 125 was higher than anything I'd seen before. Other debris included one pallet and one mop bucket. Checked on Snowy Plover rope/post enclosure at request of BLM ranger. The entire two mile stretch was in perfect order.
Miles 124 and 125 were much cleaner than usual. There was an absence of any rope or nets. Orange Styrofoam chunks were plentiful, as were aqua blue Styrofoam pieces, most approx. 1x1' size. Not unusual to see Styrofoam, but there was an unusual amount. Have left my question about the source with BLM. Except for the brief appearance of 5 horse-back riders in the distance, I had the beach to myself on this beautiful day. One sea lion beyond the surf kept a watchful eye on me for a long distance. Flocks of Sanderlings very active. A few Turkey Vultures circling on the light breeze. Happily, no dead creatures to report. Diatom decomp. turning surf brown for long sections, then the surf turned emerald green with clear foam. What a beautiful day!
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January 17, 2013 - rubygoes
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September 19, 2011 - rubygoes
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June 20, 2011 - rubygoes
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September 26, 2010 - rubygoes
Miles 124 and 125, those just north of the north jetty on Coos Bay, must certainly retain their title of the filthiest miles in Oregon. Litter pick up here is like trying to drain the ocean with a...
May 6, 2010 - rubygoes
May 6th was as perfect a day as Nature can provide for enjoying our beautiful Oregon Coastline: cobalt blue sea, waves to 3", picture perfect waves crashing into blazingly brilliant white surf, all...
March 7, 2010 - rubygoes
The wreck of the George Olson, that 2008 smash sensation, lay covered up last year, but now it's back. Not too impressive, but there. Its one visible side stands 4' at the bow, 2' at the stern....


December 19, 2009 - rubygoes
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March 12, 2008 - flotsam
This mile appears to be unadopted. I submit this report to provide some photos of the wreck of the purported George L. Olson.
  • View of the bow of the George L. Olson wreck
  • Starboard side of the hull