Recent storms have helped Ecola Creek wash away the deep sand that blew on shore during the summer. So there is a deep bank cut in the sand in the foreground, and in the creek you can see gravel.
At the bottom of the bank-cut you will find items (shiny items!), that have settled deep under the sand. The gravel in the creek is sitting close to the hard-pan, and heavy objects, like coins, have settled into the gravel.
And if you don't have a metal detector, you can have a fire on the beach and watch the sun rise like these ladies are doing!