Russian River Mouth Paddle, Car Noise and Marking Chickens

Thursday April 18, 2019 Jenner CA.

Yakking to the rivers mouth

It looked like the sun was shining at Jenner this morning according to the weather guys so I headed on down there and arrived around 11.

The sun was out and there was a little wind but not bad as I put my boat in the water and crossed over to Penny Island and headed on down along this edge.river


I stopped here and there along the way to check things out and take it


I paddled over behind that tree and sat for a bit.tree


Headed to the mouth

Then paddled across the river towards the river’s mouth area down that a way.paddling


I could see lots of wild life down that way as I paddled along.mouth



I went by these two seal pups taking it easy on the sand.pups


I was headed to the river’s open mouth where the river goes into the ocean just up ahead.ocean


This rock called Haystack is a good place to sit behind as it’s calm there. See the goose up on top?haystack


I’ll help you out. It might be nesting up there as I’ve seen them nest there before.goose


Big waves

The ocean was fairly rough and lots of harbor seals were resting on the sand by the open mouth.seals


A few more resting seals looking into the ocean from the river.seal


Surfers delight

When the mouth is open at this spot and this time of year the waves are supposed to be the best so I wasn’t surprised to see some surfers out there. This guy just had a nice ride on that wave. There were a bunch more surfers a little further out in the ocean just out of sight.surfer


I hung around for awhile just taking it easy and watching things.

This pair of ravens was eating something on the shore by me.birds


Big flowers

Eventually I started back going along the shoreline when I noticed these big flowers were blooming. They get more than six feet tall. There’s lots of them along the shoreline on the Jenner


I paddled over to Penny Island and up the back channel. When I got to the upper end of the channel I pulled into the island for a break than headed on in to the boat ramp for the day.

Car noise

I put the boat on the car and drove on home. I noticed a grinding sound from my right rear wheel as I was driving. I’ve heard the noise before as it comes and goes but it’s been more on the comes side lately so I’m thinking it might be a rear wheel bearing going out and I need to check it out so that was on my list of things to do when I got home after a nap.

Checking out the car noise

I jacked up the rear wheels of the car and got under there and started wiggling things around. I couldn’t get the wheel bearing to make any noise but I detected the right rear axle was a bit loose inside and was likely making that noise. I think the insides were a bit worm but now that I know what it is no worry as those things make a lot of noise before they really have to be replaced. I’ll be keeping an ear on it just the same.


I also did some more gardening digging up another grow pen and did some cutting back of some wild blackberry vines, a continuing task as they grow like mad around here.

Broken eggs

While collecting the chicken eggs today I noticed one of them was broken in one of the nesting boxes. At least one of my chickens seems to be eating the eggs by peaking them and breaking them in the nest.

Marking chickens

I have a video cam on the nesting boxes but I have about nine chickens that look mostly alike so tonight I put some leg bands on those chickens using tie wraps and some black marker ink. I did this just as they were coming in to roost and it went pretty well without them bitching too much. Who ever is eating those eggs will be in the stew pot soon. :O)

That was my day for a good one.

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A Paddle and a Hike To Indian Rock at Jenner On a Nice Spring Day

Wednesday April 17, 2019 Jenner CA.

Sunny spring day

It seemed like a good day to go down to Jenner for a yak as the wind was supposed to be down a bit so that’s what I did.

Of course I fed the chickens before I left.

Headed up river

I put the boat in the water around 11 and paddled across to Penny Island and pulled into this little channel of the upper end of the island for a bit.Island


From there I paddled on up the river along this shoreline.river2


And along here you can see the wind is down.river3


Looking for the trailhead

I paddled up the river about a mile to a place I call Muskrat and sat for a bit then turned and started my paddle back along here looking for the trial head to Indian Rock as I wanted to hike up to it today.river4


I found the trailhead here and pulled in and tied my boat up. It was high tide and I expected the tide to go to low before I got back.

My boat tied up at the trailhead.shore


The trail up starts up right away and goes through these ferns.ferns7


Old Indian Lady’s Face Rock

Here I’m almost up to the rock but I need a break or two before getting to it.rock8


Need a rest

Once I made it to the bottom of the rock I sat down for a rest here.rocksit9


Rock views

Once I was rested up I walked up to the top of the rock for a view.

This was up river from the top of Indian rock.upriver11


And this was down river from Indian Rock.downriver12


I sat around and enjoyed the view and the sunshine for some time.

Different route back down

Going back down the hill I decided to go through the trees up ahead just to take a different way back down.trees13


Animal trail

You can only get through this area if you know where the trail goes more or less. The trail is used by wild animals and most of it isn’t easy to follow.

Going through the trees headed down.ferntrees112


The trail is straight ahead through there.trail13


Head over heals

The dirt in this area has a bit of blue clay in it. When it’s a bit wet like now it’s very slippery so coming down this last steep little bit I slipped and fell in the bushes which meant I was up to my ears in poison oak. Lucky I don’t catch the stuff.

You can see the slippery trail right up the middle there and it’s much steeper than it looks in the photo. I just came down it head over heals.slide14


Back to the boat

Once I got up out of the bushes I could see my boat was still there and the tide had going out. Always good to find ones boat still there when returning from a hike.boat15


I paddled on back down along the shoreline stopping here for a break before continuing on in for the day.logs15


That was a nice paddle and hike.

Once home I puttered around a bit then pulled some weeds and finished turning over the dirt in the garden I started turning yesterday.

That was it for me today.

Nice day.

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