Mile 43 Report

September 15, 2007
by Dale Lee

Location:
Curry
Beach south of Humbug Mountain
Conditions:
Saturday 10:00 AM
Sunny
75° F
Wind:
Calm/Light from the NE
Tide Level:
2.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
People:
1
Dogs:
0
Activities:
Walking / Running:
1
number includes me
Concerns:
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Activity Comments:
Real quiet. Did see signs of driftwood windbreak so someone has been there.
Notable Wildlife:
Bear and cub tracks on sand. Ravens, turkey vultures present. Whale was swimming offshore. Also saw a harbor porpise. 20 to 30 cubic yards of seaweed had piled on the northern end of the sand portion of the beach. Event is not uncommon for this time of year. This years gulls were hunting for mole crabs 10-12 in a flock. Rafts of sea birds off shore.
Dead Birds:
Total:
3
Species/names:
sea birds
Stranded:
Total:
0
Fish & Invertebrates:
A number of young dungeness crabs, a few large jellyfish
Driftline:
Kelp or Algae·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.)·Shells·Small rocks·Styrofoam·Wood pieces
New Development:
Modifications:
Natural Changes:
Comments:
Summary:
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 protected, and the light breeze from inland can be quite warm. Waves were about 3,4 feet, the ocean was very blue, and the water was clear. A whale was swimming near by for most of the walk. Of interest, the beach was covered with bear and cub tracks, but I did not see them. Also the resident Vultures seem to now recognize me as an individual and let me approach quite close. Hopefully this new social interest will not include any dining. It was beach clean up day, and of concern is always foam in various stages of disinigration. I can never get it all, and there seems to be a lot more tiny stuff in the winter and spring. Also there were over 50 water bottles in the one mile of beach, and I hope the deposit slated for 2009 will reduce this more recent occurence. Although there have been no real storms, erosion of the summer beach that has built up is underway, and the beach from west to east is much smaller than is was in July.
Other Mile 43 Reports (14)

2015

September 4, 2015 - Dale Lee
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April 4, 2015 - Dale Lee
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March 28, 2015 - Dale Lee
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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...
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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...
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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....
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  • Photo of the Contractor Crew Hired by the U.S. Coast Guard to remove oil filled containers from Mile 43
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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
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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

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...