Friday February 16, 2016 Jenner CA.
A cool breeze off the ocean
There was a cool breeze coming off the ocean as I put my boat in the water at Jenner this morning. The breeze wasn’t much, but it’s cool air was penetrating, so I headed on over to the little protected area on the upper end of Penny Island to sit a bit and see if things would warm up as it got closer to noon.
I did a little napping too, but my naps usually mean my eyes are closed but my ears are open to hear anything that might be going on around me. When I hear something, my eyes open to check it out.
I was sitting here napping when I heard some splashing just in front of me and I could also hear a wild turkey going off up on the grassy hillside somewhere which I kept searching for every time I heard it.
The splashes turned out to be these two harbor seals frolicking. Frolicking is what I call them doing when they appear to be playing or mating or both. They are splashing around and mingling, but not hunting or eating fish as far as I can tell.
After over an hour in the channel, the breeze changed and it had warmed up just a little, so I headed off the upper end of the island, headed up the river along the south shoreline going past these merganser ducks. The male is squirting, just in case it might have to take off, but they stayed as I passed on by.
Waters going flat
I watched the geese until they swam back over to the grassy shore and left the water to head back to their grazing.
By the time I noticed the osprey, I was fairly close to it, and it got nervous and flew off.
Cooling down again
About this time, the breeze came back and the fog started to come in and things started cooling down again. One should expect changing conditions when at the ocean and I do. I’m mostly dressed to keep warm, but a cool breeze can be penetrating.
I was thinking the sun was likely out at home and a lot warmer than down here, so I went on in for the day.
Ken was at the boat ramp so I shot the bull with him for a bit, when Dan and his wife Sarah came by so we shot the bull some more. :O)
No sun at home either
I went on home. When I pulled into the yard, I found it just as chilly as down at Jenner, so I went in the house and that was my day.