Wednesday, July 11, 2018

the bums go to the beach

we went to mad river county park, hoping to see the rivermouth and some seals. i think that the rivermouth must have been near when the park was made. now the river parallels the beach going north, where the ocean relentlessly pushes it.


endless waves




himself looking for the river mouth. there is a sliver of the river visible to the right.





the area

we had thought to walk north from the parking lot on a trail closer to the river and return along the shore. when we couldn't find the trail at the parking lot we struck off across the dunes to the beach, turned north and walked happily looking out at the ocean waves pictured above and relaxing in their calming low rushing sound. we explored inland toward the river about a mile up the beach. grassy tufts, sand, minor dunes, low scrub brush, no trail. so returned to the beach and strolled on back to the trail through the dunes to the car. actually the most tiring part of the walk, on soft sand.

when we lived in arcata 10 years ago we would park at the end of murray road (see map above) and walk down along the river to see its mouth right there.

here is a bit of interesting history of the mad river. i wonder if the diversion of water to the canal (use the link. read the short informative article) started the rivermouth on its journey north.

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  1. A mad river, why don't I get to do this walk?

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    1. come visit. we'll take you there

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  2. beautiful. I hope to get there sometime again. Really. Truly. Deeply.

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  3. Interesting! (And thanks for the map -- that really helps us visualize what you're talking about.) It DOES seem that reduced flow may have led to the river mouth being pushed farther northward by the ocean.

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    1. maybe i can find an old map showing the old rivermouth.

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  4. I could listen to the ocean all day. We never really left the ocean as we evolved; it remains flowing through our veins, an essential part of our plasma.
    I'd give anything to have been with you on that walk! Sigh.

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    1. yeah. blood is salty (i think)

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  5. Couldn't get the video to play. The ocean can put all that is bugging us out of sight and mind. Too bad we can't bottle the clean slate effect it has.

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    1. maybe try a different browser. it does take many repeat trips to the shore. i can hear the surf at home when the wind is right

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    2. Patti-- I can't watch the video on my computer when I'm using Firefox. When I switch to Safari (a mac browser), I can see it.

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  6. Just last week I was on Blakeney Point, where a sand and shingle bar diverts the River Glaven four miles to the west before it's allowed to join the sea. And there at the farthest extremity of the sand - seals!

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  7. Lovely and relaxing video. And very interesting information. Thanks

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  8. I think that nothing on the ocean shore is permanent. Georgia's barrier islands are constantly being washed away by the waves, and replenished by sand that is carried south from further up the coast. They seem permanent, especially on a human timescale, but they really aren't. Have you heard of the Cape Hattaras lighthouse, on the Outer Banks of North Carolina? That lighthouse had to be moved inland by almost 3000 feet to keep it from being destroyed by the constant beach erosion.

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    1. lots of the coast here is rocky. slows down the erosion. maybe if there is a HUGE downpour in the mad river drainage it could force the river to plow on straight ahead where it turns north. it did drain that way before the diversion.

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  9. beach erosion is endlessly fascinating to me, a metaphor for our lives in a way, the ebb and flow of things, the accretion and dissolution, the beauty through all of it, if we care to look.

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    1. we went to a different beach today at a very low tide. the sand was noticeably higher than the last time we were there.

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  10. There aren't too many sounds that I love more than a wild bit of coastline, that hasn't been neutered by a breakwater. You guys have a lot of wild coastline and beaches with a tons of driftwood. Although I do love the coastline all up and down the pacific coast, I love the untamed portions the most. I think its the noise of it all (as demonstrated by your video).

    For someone who has spent so much time up there, I don't have a clue as to why I haven't been back for such a long time...

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  11. yeah... the sound of the ocean. glad to provide a bit for you.

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