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Fall – A Season of Change

Although I have noticed a few leaves beginning to change color, that’s not the change I’m noticing most at Tillicum Beach Campground.

Foamy Beach
Foamy Beach

The beach and the ocean also have seasonal changes.  Weather patterns over the Pacific change which, in turn, change ocean patterns and winds whip up a froth.

Tillicum Sunrise
Tillicum Sunrise

I’m not sure if the ocean currents actually change but I know the swells are bigger.  This causes the high tides to come up higher on the beach and it moves the sand around significantly.  It should bring in more tsunami debris eventually.

Sunrise Low Tide
Sunrise Low Tide

I love it when the sun hits the white crests of the waves in the morning.

They shine like a bright light.

Stop-Action Waves
Stop-Action Waves

On a side-note: Rhetorical questions – How does a camera work?  How can it capture water hanging in mid-air?  I love photography!

Where's the Ocean?
Where’s the ocean? It was there this morning…

As I was walking down to the beach, this evening, I met a camper coming back up the stairs.  Never missing a step he said, in a dead-pan tone, “the ocean is gone”.  I just giggled and kept walking.   Silly man.  I could still hear it so I knew he was lying.

Foggy Minus Tide
Foggy Minus Tide

See!  I did find the ocean!  And I even saw a seal…so there!

We’ve got minus tides this week.  But take your lantern when you go clamming.  Low tide tonight was about 8:25.

Agate Beach Tsunami Debris

Everybody else has a picture of it so I had to get one.

Agate Beach, Newport, Oregon
Agate Beach, Newport, Oregon

We had to go to Newport to get an RV part at Lance’s RV.  It was on the north end and we passed Agate Beach.

I wanted to see where the dock from the Japanese tsunami landed.  I really didn’t want to walk all the way out there though.

Dock on Agate Beach from Japanese Tsunami
Dock on Agate Beach from Japanese Tsunami

Seems like they could sell it?

Stellar Sea Lions and more

We’ve had a week of rain but today we’ve got clear skies!

Tillicum looking south to Yachats
Tillicum looking south to Yachats this morning

I took a bag with me to collect either agates or tsunami debris.  Guess what it is today. 🙂  See the white spots on the sand?  That’s styrofoam.  That and plastic bottles are mostly what we’re seeing from the tsunami.

Heceta Head Lighthouse overlook
Heceta Head Lighthouse Overlook

Time to head south to visit all our campgrounds.  There are grey whales being spotted this week.  We didn’t see any today.  But I talked Don into stopping at the Heceta Head Overlook to see if I could get some better pix of the sea lions.  The lighthouse is still covered while it is being refurbished.

Sea Lions at Heceta Lighthouse Overlook
Sea Lions at Heceta Lighthouse Overlook

Most of the sea lions at Sea Lion Caves are Stellar Sea Lions.  But sometimes we get some California Sea Lions up here looking for cheaper real estate.

Stellars with one California (black)
Stellars with one California (black)

Now, just because a sea lion is black, doesn’t mean it is a CA sea lion.  The Stellars are black when they are wet just out of the water.  But the black one in the middle has been dry for a while and hasn’t gotten lighter.  They can be a medium brown but are, in general, darker than the Stellars.  These brown sea lions are definitely Stellars but we think the black one is a California Sea Lion.  And, do you see the small brown one on the right?  Looks like a baby to me!

Sea Lion males fighting for their harems
Sea Lion males fighting for their harems

The males (bulls) are starting to compete for their harems.  (Sorry about the focus, it was taken in low light a few nights ago.)

Sea Lion Siesta
hot – rocks – feel – so – goooooooooood…..aaaahhhhhhh

This one was taken today around noon.  I am SO jealous!

Sea Lion tangled with fishing tackle
Sea Lion tangled with fishing tackle

Don was watching this little one, off by himself, as he was moving around and saw something flash in the sunlight.  He, being my “content advisor”, told me to take some close-ups so we can see what it is.  We zoomed in to see it is fishing gear.  Poor little guy.  We reported it but they told us it’s fairly common.  They said they are almost impossible to catch.  The gear will eventually rust off.  I guess the other sea lions avoid them because the gear scares them.  He is obviously uncomfortable by the way he is moving around but he wasn’t crying out.

Sea Lions have skin that extends beyond their arm
Sea Lions have skin that extends beyond their arm

Differences between sea lions and seals:

Sea Lions have front flippers.  Seals don’t have front flippers; they have short arms and claws.

Sea Lions have ear flaps.  Seals have ear holes.

Beach Debris – bottles

Here’s some of what I picked up off Tillicum Beach a couple days ago.  We’ve had some pretty good winds for the last 24 hours.  So I expected to see more debris today but there was hardly anything.  But maybe it will show up tomorrow.  We’ve got a high tide of 8.7 tonight.

Beach Debris
Beach Debris

A Nestle’ bottle and beverage bottles.  I don’t know what that little brown bottle contained.  An aerosol can of carpet cleaner packaged in England.  Goose Barnacles are a clever decoration for a beach sandal, don’t ya think?

Bottle Cap Closeup
Bottle Cap Closeup

I haven’t studied the red cap.  The aerosol can has instructions written in several languages: First-English, Second-Russian or some sort of Slavic, Third-??

Notes from my Workamping Journal:

A truck was parked in a campsite for a couple hours with no one around.  So I left a note on a fee envelope explaining that this is a Fee Area and what the camping fee is and what the day use fee is.  A lot of times, in similar situations, the person would just leave without paying.  However, I noticed the man came back from the beach and saw the note.  He kind of paced back and forth, and got in his truck.  I started walking towards the entrance, when he got in his truck, so I could smile and wave to him.  But then he got out of his truck, paced a little more and finally started walking towards me.  We chatted for a little bit.  The conversation revolved around who actually owns this property that I’m charging him to use.  Then he asked how my back was feeling.  (Maybe I already told this story because it happened after the March snow storms?)  I told him it was tired from moving all the fallen branches from the storms.  After he paid me, he sheepishly told me his truck wouldn’t start and asked me to help him push it down the short slope so he could jump in and start it.   hahahaha  I must have “crazy” written on my forehead.  We got it started though!  I wonder if he would have paid if the truck had started on its own?

Today it’s Tsunami Debris

I took a break from my campground duties this afternoon after I cleaned the restrooms.  I was just going to walk back to the rig but saw that the tide was low when I walked past the stairway.  So I walked out to the edge of site #29 in Tillicum Campground to see if there was anything interesting on the beach.  We had a good storm blow through; night before last.

I looked south and saw an agate bed south of the rock house.  Hhhhmmm, that’s tempting.  Then I looked north and saw something big and round out by the water’s edge.  THAT’S GOT TO BE A FLOAT!  No one was on the beach.  We’ve had showers off and on all day.  Maybe that’s why it hadn’t been collected yet.  Maybe it’s not a float?  I made a Bee-line for it!  I kept thinking, “Someone has already seen it and went to get help to carry it.”  Oh, yeah, it’s a float!  Well, if someone shows up and says “Mine”, I’ll relent.

Japanese Float
Japanese Float

But I won!  Nobody was out there!  Yippee!  It’s the biggest one we’ve found.  It’s about 18 inches across, made of plastic and has numbers and Japanese symbols on it.  Anybody know what it says?

Float with Japanese Writing
Float with Japanese Writing

I passed a few people as I carryied it back to Tillicum Campground.

 We were all excited about it.  One camper showed me the floats they’d found in the last couple days too.

I passed a lot of glass and plastic bottles on the beach.  So after I took the float back to the rig, I went back out to pick up the beach a little.

Some of the bottles have Japanese writing on the metal lids.  I’ll post those tomorrow.  It got too dark for pix tonight.

More Tsunami Debris?

I know, no one is available to verify it.  I Googled Wa Ha Ha and found out it’s a Chinese food and beverage brand.  The name means “laughing child” in Chinese.  They do do business in Japan too but who knows where this came from.  What’s that picture; a pig?

Wa Ha Ha
Wa Ha Ha

I found it this evening on Tillicum Beach…along with this:

First thought?
First thought?

Don’s and my first thought was the same when we saw that.  What’s yours?  There’s no writing on it.

Blue Sky Sunset
Blue Sky Sunset

We had crazy-March-weather today.  It started out by alternating wind, calm, hail, rain and sleet this morning.  I sat at the back window of my 5th wheel, peeking through the trees to see out over the ocean.  Seeing the sky lighten while listening to the hail pummel my roof, was encouraging.  Then the hail would quit, I’d look up and the sky over the ocean was dark again.  By mid-afternoon it was clear and cold.  It is supposed to get down into the 20’s by morning!!

Reflective Sunset
Reflective Sunset

Wow!  I like this one!  How’d that happen?  hahaha   I’ll tell you how…by accident!  Getting ready to zoom in to get, yet another, closeup of the sun, I saw clouds on the ground through the view finder.  So I snapped a shot before zooming in.  I took the camera away from my eye and didn’t see the reflection because the water had washed in.  I thought, did I really see what I thought I saw?  So I scanned back to find the photo on the camera.  Cool!

Japanese Tsunami Debris on Tillicum Beach, Oregon

First, let me say that I have mixed feelings about what I found on the beach today.  I usually get excited about any find.  It’s like a treasure hunt.  But, finding tsunami debris reminds me of the devastation to so many individuals and families in Japan last year.  So, anything I find and post about the tsunami debris is with reverence.  Sorry if that sounds a little corny to some.  But that’s how I feel.

Some of the smaller debris has made it to Tillicum Beach.  I found a small bottle, maybe the shape of a coffee creamer?  No label left on it but the lid has Japanese writing.  And, I found this lotion bottle:

Japanese Tsunami Debris - Lotion Bottle
Japanese Tsunami Debris - Lotion Bottle

 It is not uncommon to find floats on Tillicum Beach, even Japanese floats.  But my timing hasn’t been right for about a year.  It is not necessarily from the tsunami.

Japanese Float
Japanese Float

I don’t know when this stairway collapsed.  It’s been a couple months since I’ve walked far enough past the rock house at the sound end of Tillicum Campground to see the stairway.  The last time I saw it the cement block was level.

Broken Stairway on Tillicum Beach
Broken Stairway south of Tillicum Beach

I don’t know, there is just something that interests me about a large, tangled, pile of bull kelp.  There is actually something pretty about it; to me.  If I weren’t so cold I might try to untangle it.

Bull Kelp Pile
Bull Kelp Pile

  Maybe it’s my background?  Before workamping, I had a career writing software.  That tangled pile of kelp looks just like a software program (some more than others)!  To understand it, you start at one end and follow it, through the twists and turns of decisions, until you get to the end to see the outcome.   hahahaha – that just dawned on me

Bull Kelp - rootball
Bull Kelp - root ball

This is the root ball.  It looks like 3 or 4 plants are coming out of the ball.  Maybe 3 or 4 plants were growing close enough that they grew together?  The stems are hollow.  A hollow ball is at the top where the leaves are floated on the surface of the water to get sunlight.