Sunday December 7, 2014 Jenner CA.
Let’s start with a paddle to the open river’s mouth
I arrived at Jenner just after eleven this morning to an overcast day. The wind was down and there wasn’t anyone else on the water, so I put my boat in and crossed over the river to Penny Island to decide which way to go today? I didn’t have any plans. It was going on high tide, so I thought I’d go down and check out the river’s mouth area, so I headed down the side of Penny Island.
Watch that strong current into the ocean
Even though it was getting to high tide, there was still quite a bit of current due to the recent rains, so I was just drifting down toward the open mouth, which pours into the Pacific ocean. Heading towards the open mouth with all this current isn’t a thing I take lightly, as taking pictures can side track one and I’ve been caught closer into the mouth than I’ve liked more than once and today, it was flowing fairly fast. I took some pictures then retreated to the other side of the river where I found a place to sit in my boat and watch for a bit.
River mouth moves north during the winter
This is the open river’s mouth, looking out to the ocean. Note the mouth is shifting to the right, or north, to the other side of Haystack Rock, which it does during the winter when there is lots of water coming down.
I hung around the area for a bit, but the current kept moving me around, so I headed back up the river.
Pelicans take a bath
On the way, some brown pelicans landed just in front of me and preceded to start taking baths in the fresh water.
Headed to Muskrat
I left them at it and headed up the back channel of Penny Island headed for Muskrat nest beach. I worked my way slowly up the south side of the river, stopping often enjoying the day.
I didn’t have any plans for Muskrat, but when I got there, I decided to go ashore and see if I could find a way to get to Buzzard Rock, which was just above the river in that spot.
Headed for Buzzard Rock
Some muddy stuff
I spent some time up on the rocks and then headed back down the trail to my boat at this spot. The tide had gone to low while I was up on the hill, so I had a bit of muddy stuff as I put my boat back in the water.
That was it for a very nice day on the river.