Monday January 16, 2017 Jenner CA.
Nice day for a paddle
It was foggy and damp at my house this morning as I left for Jenner. The sun was out and the wind was down at Jenner as I drove into the parking lot and headed for the boat ramp. It’s hard to beat the weather at Jenner. It’s mostly nice all year long.
Ray was in his boat in the water by the boat ramp waiting for me, so I put my boat in the water .
We had a powwow and decided to head down to the river’s mouth area to check things out since we hadn’t been down that way in a few days or so. Just up ahead by that big tree on the right we saw some movement.
First river otters we saw
River’s mouth is open real wide and the ocean is rough
We continued on down towards the river’s mouth area.
Couple ravens foraging
When we arrived at the bottom end of the island, we decided to paddle up the back channel that looked like this. As you can see the wind was down. There was a little current but not too much and it was easy paddling on up the river. The high tide helps reduce the current and it was now high tide.
We pulled into the little channel on the upper end of Penny Island. There was a bunch of wood debrie blocking the channel, so we got out and removed a couple pieces hoping the water will take out the rest when it comes up again.
We improved it, but it needs more work so we went back out the way we came in and started up the river again on it’s south shoreline.
Pops the seal
The logs the seals like to use up at Seal Haven are under water so those seals come down this way when that happens and use the logs at the top end of Penny Island. There’s about a half dozen seals that I call river seals as they don’t seem to mix with the main bunch down by the mouth much and I think these are the seals that work the fish up the river.
The second bunch of otters
As we were sitting there enjoying the nice day Ray says, more otters.
Drifting back to Jenner
The otters got into some trees so we left them and continued up to the muskrat area and sat for a good spell, then padded into the river’s current and started a drift on back to the boat ramp at Jenner.
We hit the boat ramp, tied our boats down and drove on home for the day.
Unplugged the plugged culvert
We have another windy rain storm coming in so I thought I better go up and unplug the culvert where I lost my shovel a week or so ago. I knew there would be some big sticks blocking the front of the culvert and there were, so I removed them. The water was low enough for me to get down and get them out by hand now. I looked for my shovel that had going through the culvert when it was really flowing and found it just below the crossing, but.
The shovel was point down and half buried in the grave and in water so I wasn’t able to retrieve it yet. I might have to wait until that creek dries up to dig it out.
That was it for me today.