Mile 43 Report

April 24, 2008
by Dale Lee

Location:
Curry
Beach south of Humbug Mountain
Conditions:
Thursday 2:00 PM
Sunny
55° F
Wind:
Calm/Light from the NW
Tide Level:
5.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
People:
1
Dogs:
0
Activities:
Walking / Running:
1
Concerns:
Litter
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Cars/Trucks parking:
1
Activity Comments:
Notable Wildlife:
High amount of young seaweed in the water and at the water's edge, that is free and loose. About 10 dead crabs on North end of mile
Dead Birds:
Total:
2
Stranded:
Total:
0
Fish & Invertebrates:
Driftline:
Kelp or Algae·Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.)·Plastic pellets
New Development:
Modifications:
Natural Changes:
Evidence of wave overtopping·Landslides/major boulder falls
Comments:
Foam pellets on the high tide driftline. and higher upland on the beach, as well as water bottles, continue to be a concrn to me. I am not sure if the foam pellets recently arrived from sea in the driftline, or had been locally uncovered, and redistibuted. On the North portion of the sand beach a small layer of mineral black sand was present. I might point out that the matrix coarse sand on the beach is dark grey to black ( upon close inspection greens are present), but the concentrated mineral magnitite mixes are fine grained and coal black. These are common on some area beaches, but not usual on mile 43.
Summary:
Accessing mile 43 requires a 10-15 minute walk down a moderate slope on an informal game trail. With the rapidly growing vegatation, spring is the season where the trail goes from being the easiest to follow, to being the most challenging to follow. The ocean was fairly clear, blue green in color, and there was lots of young seaweed in the water. The seaweed was not espcially floating or on the bottom, but seemed to have netural bouyancy. Some seaweed was present in the high tide driftline, along with numerous foam pellets. Are the pellets from sea or locally uncovered and being redistributed? Many recent international items were present, including a few water bottles with asian characters on the lables, which I found interesting.
Other Mile 43 Reports (14)

2015

September 4, 2015 - Dale Lee
Stepping on to be beach I was greeted by a healthy supply of summer sand, low swells and blue water with changing shades of color and contrast as the puffy clouds blew over from the northwest. The...
  • Basic beach shot
  • Banner class of adolescent mole crabs bring sand to life
  • Phocoena phocoena
  • Seeking a peaceful coexistence.
April 4, 2015 - Dale Lee
Save the Monkeyfaced Eel. There were 5 or more of these adult creatures that had died and were near the rocky shore's edge. Most of the Velella (thousands ) from last week were no longer present, but...
March 28, 2015 - Dale Lee
Large dock on Mile 43. It has few to zero sea creatures attached to it and moss growing on the sides, plus little damage so I think it is somewhat local, and was probably lost from fresh water. Three...

2013

December 23, 2013 - Dale Lee
Over ten feet of sand has migrated from the north end of mile 43, as remnant bits of last summer's beach can still be seen high near the vegetation line. On the south end only about 2 feet has gone...
July 23, 2013 - Dale Lee
Visiting my mile is traditionally a low tide, moderate to low swell event. Winter conditions can cause the water to reach the surrounding cliffs, which in most cases are too steep to climb. I visited...
  • Note the seasonal sand covering rocks is more extreme this year
  • Probable tsunami debris

2012

December 9, 2012 - Dale Lee
Although it is about a 10 to 15 minute walk to the beach, ODOT did a major repair to the place I park and access my mile. Hwy 101 was raised about 10 feet along this stretch. My informal path was...

2011

November 20, 2011 - Dale Lee
Nice afternoon with exceptionally clean and clear air. Water was blue, swells were 6-8 feet, and erratic. All the sand had been recently erased of any activity by the surf that had been reaching the...
  • Taken near the border of mile 42/43
September 18, 2011 - Dale Lee
The ocean was quite foamy from a high swell at night but had subsided to around 5 feet when I was there. The water was blue and remarkably clear. I did not see many birds, but could hear lots of...

2010

July 15, 2010 - Dale Lee
Walked mile on July 13 to find an unusual amount of debris. Most significant was a full, 55-gallon barrel marked "marine oil." There were two other 5-gallon sealed cans of mulitgrade oil nearby....
  • Photo of Mile 43
  • Photo of the Contractor Crew Hired by the U.S. Coast Guard to remove oil filled containers from Mile 43
  • Photo of the oil filled barrel on the beach at Mile 43

2009

June 22, 2009 - Dale Lee
Sand movement from season to season, and year to year is always a draw of interest. Today with the am minus tide, the beach seemed especially flat and easy to walk. The grain size of the surface...
  • Mile 43 from the North 06/30/09
  • Mile 43 from the South 06/30/09
March 13, 2009 - Dale Lee
Foam pellets always bother me. Does anyone have a good way to remove them from the beach? They are often mixed with small woody debris on my mile. There was none of the forest duff that...

2008

December 20, 2008 - Dale Lee
What a nice break in the weather, and break in the breakers for a walk on mile 43. This beach is coarse dark sand, but wrapped by bedrock cliffs, so it can be quite dangerous this time of the year...

2007

September 15, 2007 - Dale Lee
Mile 43 is directly south of Humbug Mountain. The mountain often intensifies NW wind,similar to standing on the top of a windy bluff. When the wind is from the NE like on Saturday, the beach is...
June 14, 2007 - Dale Lee
Interesting flatsum for late in the year. Japanese containers present. I also wanted to report a metal 55 gallon barrel that is sealed, and appears to contain some liquid. I realize this could be...