Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Kala Point

Every spring, we bring a new class down here (March 2006). This year the wind was howling from the south, but the rain stayed away. Sand was blowing across the beach out at the point itself, rippling the surface and swirling around the logs. No wonder this is one of those rare Puget Sound backshores where small dunes are common.

Sometime a century or more ago, a large ship wound up on the beach just north of the point, where much of it still remains, subtly shaping the mid-beach sand and gravel. If Kala Point had been developed a decade earlier, there probably would be a long row of big houses on the beach - but instead, they kept the houses up on the hill and left the beach as common space.

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