Logs on the beach are a great convenience for all those who explore the outer shores.  For me they are the place I hang my pack to keep it off the sand when I jot down field notes, take pictures, light my cigar or eat a bite. I can’t explain why I love to hang my pack on a root ball rather than just lay it on top of a log, but it’s true, I’m always looking for the perfect root to hang my pack.

Root balls are also my rod prop when my I take a break from sampling fishes on the outer shores.  I try to find one well above the surf. A few minutes after I took this photo I propped my rod on another log and while taking some photos a big swell rushed up the beach knocking my rod onto the sand and sea water.  The rod can handle this fine but my reel is a bit worse off for the oversight on my part.

Under conditions of high tide and big surf, logs like this one get mobilized and become the most dangerous things on the beach. People who safely venture onto the outer shores during these conditions are on the lookout for logs in motion.

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