We drove down to the trailer park / beach on the south side of the Chetco River Jetty. From here we had an easy launch over mild waves and turned south. There are no interesting rocks in this stretch of coast until you cross into California to encounter Hunter Rock and Prince Island. We could see those large rocks ahead of us but had no plans to go that far south.
Instead we stopped when my GPS told me that we were at the border. We paddled as close to shore as we dared. The border happens at a long nasty sandy dumpy beach with no protection from the northwest swell. I was tempted to land but didn’t want to get cold, wet, sandy and exhausted from launching back out again. We contented ourselves with straddling the border with out kayaks, taking pictures of the event and blowing noisemakers.
So this is it! I have now paddled the entire Pacific coastline of the contiguous United States! From Cape Flattery to the Mexican border. I sent an email announcement of the event to the BASK (Bay Area Sea Kayaker club) email group. A few days later, sooner than I could get back, there was a general meeting for BASK. At that meeting they declared me the “Czar of the Left Coast” for my accomplishment.