Mile 305 Report

July 28, 2007
by skyhar8000

Location:
Tillamook
Oswald West SP, Cape Falcon N
Conditions:
Saturday 6:00 AM
Sunny
Wind:
Calm/Light
Humans / Pets:
People:
0
Activities:
Concerns:
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Activity Comments:
Minor litter on bluff - picked it up.
Notable Wildlife:
Dead Birds:
Total:
2
Stranded:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Lots of dead mussels; no dead starfish
Driftline:
Kelp or Algae
Unusually LOW amounts of pellets and Styrofoam
New Development:
Modifications:
Natural Changes:
Comments:
Wow! A normal, ordinary visit to my mile. Such a deal!I arrived about 5:30am and was at sea level by 5:45. I hiked all eight coves south and back again, and ascended without difficulty. Nice weather, dry surfaces to walk on, but the low tide was just at -1.0 or so, and between that and the large swells coming in, some of the headland access points were tricky, but not impossible.Someone stole the shovel I left near the trash. No big deal, I'll buy another. I picked up one full bag of trash and have three in place, ready to ascend, together with the 1-cubic-foot dairy crate.I observed only 1 seal offshore the whole time -- however, there are seal body drag marks in the far coves which could not survive hight tide, so the seals must still use those beaches for resting and were probably there within hours of my arrival.I hiked out the white plastic drum I dug from the rocks and wood in Cove 4 a few visits back. It is lighter than the white drum that we took out during the big trash hoist awhile back. The rusty drum was indeed missing and has been taken out by the Coast Guard. I'd like to know how they did it!There were lots of dead mussels, both singly and in clumps, but few or no dead starfish. Due to higher temperatures and humidity the whole place had that salty sea-smell to it.The crab pot, if that's what it is, is totally buried in Cove 7 and that might be for the best. The one in Cove 1 was on the beach for a few years and finally lost its guts, which we hiked out, and its outer frame is still in Cove 1. At least it won't harm wildlife -- the same can be said for the buried one -- if I unearth it at some later time, it would definitely have to be cut up with a torch, or it could not be retrieved.There is one more weekend of low tides suitable for cove access in 2007, and it occurs in two weeks. There was so little trash in the coves that I do not intend to visit them again in 2007. Instead I plan to hoist the three bags of garbage, the dairy crate, and the white drum. I may also dive in the lagoon where a crab buoy floats just to see what it is connected to. (The buoy afloat offshore has stopped moving in, and the trap (or whatever it's attached to) has probably come to an underwater barrier and can't go further east.) But I will investigate the lagoon and see what might be down there.So that's the deal -- one or two more visits to make in 2007, and on one visit, I'll probably just remove the trash I have on hand, and on the other visit, I'll dive in the lagoon and see what's up with the buoy floating in it, and that'll be the last of it till I have suitable low daylight tides in 2008. There are suitable low night tides left in 2007, but between the landslides and other odd things I have witnessed, I would not patrol this area in the dark!
Summary:
Wow! A normal, ordinary visit to my mile. Such a deal!I hiked out the white plastic drum I dug from the rocks and wood in Cove 4 a few visits back. It is lighter than the white drum that we took out during the big trash hoist awhile back. The rusty drum was indeed missing and has been taken out by the Coast Guard. I'd like to know how they did it!There is one more weekend of low tides suitable for cove access in 2007, and it occurs in two weeks. There was so little trash in the coves that I do not intend to visit them again in 2007. Instead I plan to hoist the three bags of garbage, the dairy crate, and the white drum. I may also dive in the lagoon where a crab buoy floats just to see what it is connected to. (The buoy afloat offshore has stopped moving in, and the trap (or whatever it's attached to) has probably come to an underwater barrier and can't go further east.) But I will investigate the lagoon and see what might be down there.
Other Mile 305 Reports (32)

2017

July 21, 2017 - Frankie
In 50 plus years of visiting this small cove, this is the only time I've ever seen it this calm. It was fun to see its lagoon-like quality. 

2015

July 6, 2015 - skyhar8000
First and probably only time I will see my mile in 2015. Lots less human-manufactured debris than I am accustomed to seeing. Also, not nearly as much natural debris (shells, seaweed, etc.). One...

2014

May 16, 2014 - skyhar8000
An unremarkable day. Well, it's always tough to go down, and even tougher to come up, but nothing of major consequence. No debris that was obviously of tsunami origin. More large plastic floats...

2013

May 26, 2013 - skyhar8000
A great day for a hike during one of the year's lowest tides. Was able to access all coves. The driftline content was average, except that there was more wood than usual, and it had been more...
February 8, 2013 - skyhar8000
Virtually nothing to be seen! The trees that I mentioned were the big news. The cove floors are all very flat, meaning it's easier for the ocean to take back whatever it brings in. I found only...

2012

July 2, 2012 - skyhar8000
Uneventful hike. No tsunami debris -- if it was, I couldn't tell. A lot more general stuff for this time of year than is usually seen. More plastic floats tossed high onto the rocks than I have...
May 7, 2012 - skyhar8000
Great hike to very end of possible area to walk in due to extremely low tide. One seal skeleton with no way to identify cause of death. One big (BIG!) boat or ship bumper that I will report to the...
April 7, 2012 - skyhar8000
Four of us arrived 0600 hours and left about 0900 hours. We spent three pleasant hours @ Mile 305 and left in good shape. Only two pieces of trash with Japanese characters were observed, and these...

2011

September 3, 2011 - skyhar8000
This was an interesting trip. Knowing that tides would prevent me from accessing any but just the first cove, I went there to retrieve my floats. Big surprise! Floats all gone!! Someone will make...
August 1, 2011 - skyhar8000
Walked the mile from one end to the other -- bit risky because tide not out all that far. Was amazed to see very little human trash. I had stashed a large quantity of cork floats, and I carried...
June 17, 2011 - skyhar8000
Significant amount of finely-chopped kelp and sea vegetation, as though someone ran it through some gigantic Salad Shooter! Very little trash -- the ocean has made a fairly clean sweep. More than...
March 23, 2011 - skyhar8000
Able to access only the first four coves because tide was not ultra-low. Ocean has carved several cove floors into hills and valleys running east- west, so that hiking north-south requires some...

2010

June 12, 2010 - skyhar8000
Found two seal pup corpses. One was headless and being eaten by five (yes, 5!) bald eagles. The other was intact and perhaps 1/4 mile away. No cause of death immediately apparent. No adult or...
May 15, 2010 - skyhar8000
Threw 250-foot line down cliff to sea level. Had 1 person stay at top while I went down and got as many floats and as much debris as I could carry, and brought it to the rope. Hiked it up the hill...
May 1, 2010 - skyhar8000
Went down to my mile with a reporter from the Tillamook Headlight-Herald. Lots of washed in marine stuff. Plastic and other kinds of floats galore. Unfortunately, unable to locate my bags from...

2009

October 28, 2009 - skyhar8000
Roped down into "Cove 1" for litter control. The cliff trail 100 feet above sea level sustained a fall of scree, or loose rock, and roping garbage up from that point appear impossible now. I went...
June 20, 2009 - skyhar8000
Hiked the entire mile and picked up perhaps one or two bags of loose litter. Brought ALL of the stuff from my far cove to my near cove, where it needs to be hoisted and gotten out of there prior to...
April 27, 2009 - skyhar8000
Spent 2.5 hours doing litter pickup. Litter now in Coves 1 and 4 in sturdy bags above the high tide lines and ready for pickup. Will need to wait for another low tide to do this. Probably eight...

2008

December 11, 2008 - skyhar8000
Entered area 3:30pm as volunteer to look for the human and/or boat remains generated by the death of the NETWORK, a crabber that broke up out in Tillamook Bay. Very little trash washed in since my...
August 30, 2008 - skyhar8000
A team of three, including myself, went to Black Sand Beach and removed the litter that I picked up over the course of the spring and summer. As before, litter was roped up the cliffs and hiked to...
August 9, 2008 - skyhar8000
Dropped by the area but did not descend down to sea level, as tide was not low enough. Was there to look down and be sure litter gathered from my previous trips was still bagged and secured where I...
July 6, 2008 - skyhar8000
I descended via the usual route. Someone has added a quality rope to it. I thought that it belonged to the folks from Seattle/Portland and that it would be gone when I returned, but it is still there...
July 4, 2008 - skyhar8000
I managed to hike through all 10 coves due to extremely low tides. At the end of Cove 10, I changed into diving booties and waded through waist-deep tidal pools in order to round the corner to see...
May 6, 2008 - skyhar8000
I was able to walk as far south as I have ever been. There were no seals, but plenty of body drag marks, so I assume that some of the far coves are regular hangouts for them.I met 3 men in Cove 1 who...

2007

August 11, 2007 - skyhar8000
Tide-wise, it continues to be the case that one should not attempt to slip around the south end of Cove 1 without a tide of at least a -1.0. I arrived at the area about 5am and had to wait for...
July 15, 2007 - skyhar8000
Saw several minor slides - had a good-sized rock fall between us - Allister had my hard hat on - I had nothing on my head - lucky me! This area REALLY is "HARDHAT-NEEDY"!Found and photographed tall...
June 30, 2007 - skyhar8000
Lots of dead starfish and mussels, more than usual. The water is a murky color, observed from both far and near.Found 300 feet of crab pot rope plus one attached buoy left by the sea wrapped around...
June 17, 2007 - skyhar8000
On 6-16-07, I descended at the usual access point and proceeded for a half mile south to retrieve 16 bags of trash. While in the area, I saw a man and woman taking photos, and I was met by Vivi...
  • Phil Blanton, Steve Bauer, Vivi Tallman, Jaxon Clanton (in rear), and Bill O'Brien.
June 3, 2007 - skyhar8000
This sheet supplements my report about my visits to Mile 305 on June 1, 2, and 3, 2007. On those dates, I arrived topside about 7:00 AM each morning, descended by my usual route near the boulder...
May 19, 2007 - skyhar8000
On the above date, I drove past the end of Elk Flat Road and parked beyond the wooden swinging gate, at the turnaround circle at the very end of the vehicle-accessible roadway. The weather was dry,...
April 20, 2007 - skyhar8000
Beyond the turnaround, a trail leads south past the Oswald West State Park boundary line which is indicated by two signs, one fastened to a tree, the other on a metal ground stake. A short distance...
January 27, 2007 - Vivi Tallman
Black sand beach was splendid in the sunshine! One metal 50 gallon drum. No human impact. All as should be, best as I can see.