Monday February 1, 2016, Jenner CA.
The wind was up alright
The weather guys said it was going to be a bit windy today and they were right. The wind was up just a little as I pulled into the Jenner parking lot this morning. I saw Steve’s car in the lot so I knew he was out there somewhere in his kayak.
I was putting my boat in the water when I saw a guy walking his dog, so I said hi and we had a long conversation after that. Turned out he was retired and sailed a lot. He told me he saw the two young bald headed eagles being fed by a mature one down by the mouth, which was interesting.
I was checking out some turkey vultures and ravens eating something on the shore that I never made out when Steve paddled up from the mouth area. The vulture is telling the raven to keep back, which it did.
Winds picking up
Just above the upper end of Penny Island I could see some turkey vultures eating something along the shoreline, by Swamp rock Trailhead. I got a bit closer to have a look. It looked like they were finishing off a bird the eagles had dined on earlier. This is a spot the eagles like to use to devour their bird kills it seems. A seagull I once checked out after an eagle ate it showed the eagle only ate both breasts and not any of the other parts of the bird, so there’s always some left for other scavengers.
I call this the graveyard
Steve and I continued up to what I call the Graveyard as it’s a bunch of old redwood bones laying in the water, as in redwood tree skeletons. :O) We stopped and hung out here for a while as the wind picked up some more.
We paddled on up the river a ways when Steve wanted to go over to Paddy’s rock, so I said I’d catch up with him and continued on up along the shoreline.
Windy at Muskrat too
There’s usually sunshine and not too much wind at Muskrat, but today the wind was blowing into the shore and the sun was already behind the hill, so it was a bit chilly there, so we didn’t stay long.
By now the wind was blowing pretty good and it was a chilly one blowing in off the ocean and most everyplace we pulled in to try and get out of it, didn’t work out as the wind seemed to be blowing into the shore. Oh well, that kept us moving.
Waves can be fun
Well, ok then, we were both chilled by now, or at least I was, so we paddled against the wind heading down to the boat ramp through the wind blown waves, just for the fun of it. It’s easier to go along the edge of the river to get less wind, but sometimes it’s just fun to paddle against it for fun, pounding through the windblown waves, making sure no waves come over the sides of the boat.
Smoked steelhead fish
On the way home I decided to stop and do some grocery shopping, so I did, then went by John’s to get some smoked steelhead fish he’d smoked for me in appreciation of my help installing the new turn signal switch in his trunk. Good stuff, Thanks John.
By the time I got home, the day was almost over and the sun was behind the mountain to my west, so that was pretty much my day.