Thursday April 3, 2014 Jenner CA.
The wind was down today
I pulled into Jenner this morning and shortly after that Ray pulled in with his kayak. We put our boats in the water and headed across the river to Penny Island. A light wind was blowing down river and the water was still fairly muddy from the recent rains. It was a bit cloudy, but the sun popped out now and then. Looked like it was going to be a real nice day.
We headed on up the river towards eagle’s landing taking our time, as usual.
An otter passes us by
Something caught my eye to making a splash off to my left. An otter, I think and it reappears and that’s what it was. It was heading up the river at a fairly fast pace.
What the heck is that on the hill top across the river
I was looking across the river and up on the mountain top when I saw this creature. I couldn’t figure out what it was at first? It was quite a ways away from me and I could hardly make it out at the time.
Ray and I continued on up the river a bit before turning around and starting back down the river. The wind mostly died down to a real nice day with more sun too.
Buzzard rock walk
There was a place I’d been looking at to land just under Buzzard rock, but I hadn’t tried it yet. It looked a bit muddy, but seemed solid so we decided to give it a try. I had landed near here about four or five years ago and hadn’t been back since as it was a hard to find a place to get to shore.
We made it out and it was just a little muddy. It puts us into some trees with big ferns under them. Also a lot of that poison oak stuff too, it was most everywhere, but we don’t catch it, so all was good.
The view from Buzzard Rock
We worked our way up to Buzzard Rock and this was our view looking down river. That’s Paddy’s rock on the right of the gravel bar out there where there have been a couple hundred cormorants resting each day.
There’s only about a dozen cormorants today, because the water is too muddy to be good for good fishing. That goose is still sitting on Paddy’s rock, if you can see it, likely not, but that’s Paddy’s rock on the right.
We spent an hour or two up there trying to find our way around before returning to our boats. We got back in without too much trouble and headed on down the river.
Ray went on in and I went on down to the west end of Penny Island where I hung out for awhile sorta napping a bit.
And a bald headed eagle
There were a bunch of Turkey vultures circling way up in the air above me and I noticed one dived on another one, which is not the vulture way. Looking closer, that one wasn’t a vulture, but a bald headed eagle. It circled and climbed higher and then glided off to the south, headed down the ocean shore to somewhere.
That was a real nice day, especially after all the wind yesterday. One just never really knows what to expect while kayaking Jenner, but there are lots of real nice days.