Tillicum Sand Comparisons

We’ve been workamping here, at Tillicum Campground, for over a year this time.  The last time we spent a winter here our slideouts on our 5th wheel leaked. I dreaded getting out of bed and stepping on wet carpet!  But the leak is fixed now.  My hubby is the handiest guy I know.  He can fix anything!  Everytime I get up in the morning, and step on dry carpet, I feel so blessed!  (But I digress.)

I found some photos of when there was more sand on the beach so I could show the comparison to now.

North Stairs - Nov 20, 2011
North Stairs - Nov 20, 2011

That is the north stairway when the sand first started washing away in November.  Before that, the sand was level with the bottom platform of the stairway.  Next is how it looks today.

North Stairs - Jan 25, 2012
North Stairs - Jan 25, 2012

Next is a photo of the south stairway on New Year’s Eve, then today.

South Stairs - Dec 31, 2011
South Stairs - Dec 31, 2011

If you blow it up (click on the photo) you can see the 3rd flat boulder from the steps in each photo.  In the top one, it’s the last one before the soft sand.  In the bottom one, there’s another large, flat, boulder then smaller rocks before the soft sand.

South Stairs - Jan 25, 2012
South Stairs - Jan 25, 2012

Now, check this out.  This photo is from last February.  Notice that the black layer, in the cliff, is just above the soft sand.

Damaged Shoreline - Feb 16, 2011
Damaged Shoreline - Feb 16, 2011

Look at where the black layer is in this next photo.  The soft sand level has dropped at least a couple feet.  I think that’s the same boulder in front; just changed shape from weathering.  The soft sand has washed off a horizontal layer of a harder sandstone or clay layer.

Damaged Shoreline - Jan 25, 2012
Damaged Shoreline - Jan 25, 2012

One more comparison.  These next photos are taken at the south end of the campground, down by the rock house.  You can see the fence on the ledge that separates Tillicum Campground from the private property.  As a reference point, notice the one, long, root just above where the cliff avalanched.

Cliff Face - Feb 1, 2011
Cliff Face - Feb 1, 2011

Look for those same reference points in this next photo that was taken today.

Cliff Face - Jan 25, 2012
Cliff Face - Jan 25, 2012

And the only driftwood left on Tillicum Beach today is up in these little coves (or MY stairway).  But look at the change in the soft sand level in the little cove by the rock house.

Cove by rock house at south end of Tillicum Campground
Cove by rock house at south end of Tillicum Campground

All kinds of little treasures wash out of the cliff.  I wonder what caused this formation, and how many millions of years ago!?

different hardness of sandstone
different hardness of sandstone

Look at the damage a single stick can do!  Well, with a few whopping waves whipping it awound.  🙂

Cliff Erosion
Cliff Erosion
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