Friday December 4, 2020 Jenner CA.
Two of my favorite people showed up with their new fold up kayaks for a paddle at Jenner today, Cynthia and Rob. I went to school with Cynthia starting with kindergarten.
Their kids gave them these fold up yaks a short while ago and they’d only put them together a few times so far.
The yaks are in those suit case things and they had to be assembled.
I talk too much
Rob started putting things together and I wasn’t helping much as I was shooting the bull with them when they needed to concentrate. At this point it was looking to me like these things wouldn’t be good in the wind but wait, things got better after a few mistakes caused mostly because of me yakking at them.
Now they were starting to look more like kayaks but there was a problem.
Doing it right
They had a cord wrong and the only solution was to almost completely disassemble one of them and start over doing it right.
Well like I said I likely caused most of their problems by yakking with them and distracting them from their work but they finally got them right and we put in at the boat ramp for a very low wind day and there were very few people on the water today.
Headed up the river
We paddled across the river to Penny Island and then headed up the river.
Water company guy
We ran into these two that I’d not seen in a long time. They work for the water company and were getting measurements from the meters below water. I stopped to say hi and see who they were as with the masks I didn’t recognize them. I did know Jeff.
We continued on up the river headed for Willow creek, just up the river on the right.
We’d just pulled into Willow creek when they both said otters.Where I said.
Sure enough there was a group of young river otters just up ahead.
Well this was a rare experience as this group of young otters just sat and looked at us instead of taking off. We paddled up to them within about 20 feet and they were ok with it. No one or no thing would mess with a group of young otters unless they want a lot of trouble.
Closed river mouth area
After getting plenty of real good pictures we continued into Willow Creek and sat for a bit before heading back out and going back down the river, headed for the closed river mouth just up ahead.
Big waves were breaking over the jetty where the mouth is usually at and there were lots of gulls on the shore and in the water and about 20 harbor seals resting on the beach.
Cindy was using her IPhone and clicking away.
End of the river
After about a half hour down there at the closed mouth I took them down to the river’s end a short distance from the mouth area.
From there we paddled over to a friend of theirs house, but he wasn’t there.
So we headed to the boat ramp where we took out our boats and they folded theirs back up.
Love the otters! Fold up Kayaks! I’ve heard of inflatable ones but not fold ups. Looks like a fun day with friends!
Hey Bob, Dan oulledup your blog. Very cool that Cynthia and Rob came to paddle. Look forward to another time but ours are the old hard shells not fancy fold ups!! Missed our summer gathering but hoping maybe 2021. Take care.
I think I would be sitting there all day watching the otters. How cool is that!!!