Washaway Beach

Excursion to check out the action on Washaway Beach in North Cove, WA. We would come here as kids and each time the ocean had stolen more houses. It’s crazy to think that the houses approaching the water back then are gone now.

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A warning sign that the ground beneath your very feet may soon be ocean. Washaway Beach is the fastest eroding coastline on the Pacific Coast, and among the fastest in the world. But it’s not as sexy and wealthy as most coastal towns, so nothing has been done to reverse the man-made causes of the erosion.

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The undertow will sweep out the land beneath houses, and take the house with it for good measure.

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Those poles in the sand used to be water lines to houses. This poles are haunting when you try to imagine the street and homes that used to be above.

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Washaway used to have tremendously tall dunes. Now the ocean has them.

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The trees grow right out to the sand.

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Dunes of forests instead of grass.

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You can see the top of Long Beach on the other side of Willapah Bay.

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That’s either a floaty thing, or a land thing that’s now in the ocean.

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The ocean is always beautiful here, when it’s not destroying things.

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A small sandbar.

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I love animal footprints in the sand
.

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Tire tracks and animal breathing holes. It’s a constant battle between man and nature here.

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Tree skeletons.

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This is what you call making the best of a bad situation. You’ve got ocean front property for a summer, enjoy it while it lasts.

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There are several large hunks of cement along the beach.

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Newly ocean front.

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Living on the edge.

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The land was swept right out from under this tree.

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The new cliff…it looks like a mini- Grand Canyon.

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Cement in the sand
.

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Tree still growing out of the side of the cliff. It probably doesn’t know this is its last spring.

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The tree most likely feel during the recent winter storms; the smell of the wood from this break was still fresh.

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This give you an idea of the land situation. Underneath the cement and tougher rock, it’s all sand.

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No message in this bottle.

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People dump quite a bit of garbage on the beach, so it’s tough to tell what’s nature’s fury and what’s man’s selfishness.

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More cement pieces.

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Tree and grass.

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Piece of someone’s fence that didn’t get taken all the way away.

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This tree was still on its side, but everything around it was washed away.

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Another water pole.

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This guy is very close to the edge.

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Tsunami thingamajig. The erosion isn’t going to matter any more if a tsunami ever hits.

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Just beyond the barricade and sign is a cliff. It’s not that the road is closed, it’s that it doesn’t exist anymore.

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The yellow house with the new ocean front view. Willy B Next is the local term for the houses on the edge.

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It’s a great view while it lasts.

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This is out in front of the yellow house. The wood pieces all have faded names on them. Lots of people used to live here, not their homes are gone.

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This shed narrowly made it through the winter.

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There are 18 miles of coastline on the South Beach. Washaway is the most beautiful.

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Just don’t let the beauty fool you; time is short and running out fast.

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