Mile 43 Report

December 9, 2012
by Dale Lee

Location:
Curry
Beach south of Humbug Mountain
Conditions:
Sunday 1:00 PM
Cloudy
60° F
Wind:
Calm/Light from the SE
Tide Level:
-0.5 ft
Humans / Pets:
People:
2
Activities:
Walking / Running:
2
Sitting:
2
Tidepooling:
1
Concerns:
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Cars/Trucks parking:
1
Activity Comments:
There was no evidence of any recent human visits
Notable Wildlife:
a few gulls, diving birds, crows and raptors. Large raft of offshore seabirds, unable to ID
Dead Birds:
Total:
3
Stranded:
Total:
0
Fish & Invertebrates:
Driftline:
Kelp or Algae·Wood pieces
very clean really. Some debris from local flooding
New Development:
Modifications:
Natural Changes:
Erosion of vegetated foredune·Landslides/major boulder falls
Comments:
Slides are common this time of the year on my mile. There was erosion on my micro dune, that has european beach grass on it. About 1/3 of it is gone.
Summary:
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 removed, but it is still very easy to pick up the old trail 100 feet or so north of the parking lot. There was a lot of surf grass and other seaweeds piled on the north end of the sandy portion of my mile.Last spring there were some large pieces of foam that I suspected were tsunami debris, but I would like to mention that there was not any more litter than normal, at this time.
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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...
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  • Banner class of adolescent mole crabs bring sand to life
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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

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...
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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...
April 24, 2008 - Dale Lee
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...

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...