When the tidal wave came in 1958, it ripped whole trees and their roots from the rocky soil and pounded meters-big boulders way up the hillsides. At its highest, it reached 1700 feet, a mess of driftwood debris way up where salt was never expected.

When you look from across the water, you can see a line where new forest meets old, no trees older than 63 years, lighter colored with alder leaves.