Drifting Down River to Jenner From Monte Rio

Friday January 26, 2018 Jenner Ca.

Drifting down the Russian River

I  had plans to kayak with John today and maybe Ray too if he could get his new garage door estimate done in time to go.

John and I met at Ray’s house to see if he could go or not and luckily the estimator came earlier rather than later so he was good to go.

We loaded all our boats on John’s big truck and dropped the boats at Monte Rio for Ray to watch while John and I took his truck down to Jenner  to haul our boats back to Monte Rio after our paddle.

John and I drove back to Monte Rio in my car and put our boats in the water to start our trip down the river about 12 miles or so.ramp1

 

Right away we went past this green heron about the size of a chicken.heron2

 

Some sunshine is nice

The sun came out to warm things up and make for a nice day as we mostly drifted down river in the muddy water from the recent rains. The river level was up five or six feet.river3

 

We paddled by this great blue heron.heron4

 

Here we are going through the Moscow Pool.riens5

 

Clouds are moving in

And here we are just above the Casini Ranch. Some clouds are starting to move in and block the sun.boats6

 

This grebe swam by us.grebe7

 

And this was the only turtle we saw today.turtle8

 

Lunch at Casini Ranch

Here we are drifting down through Brown’s Pool where we pulled over to the gravel just up ahead for lunch and a break.river9

 

Cool breeze off the ocean

After lunch we continued on down the river. We started to get a cool breeze off the ocean and things started to cool down a bit.river10

 

Ray says there’s a hawk or something over in the trees. It was a hawk.hawk11

 

Here we are just below the great blue heron rookery tree.river12

 

Goats on the hillside

We could see these white dots up on the hill ahead which turned out to be goats grazing.goats13

 

There was one harbor seal resting at Seal Haven. Coco which I hadn’t seen in some time.seal14

 

Sun’s going down

It was after five as we entered the Jenner area where the sun was getting ready to go down.river15

 

Sunset was just ok as there wasn’t that many clouds to make it spectacular.jenner16

 

Jenner boat ramp

We made it to the boat ramp. Ray and I wait while John gets his truck from the parking lot.ramp17

 

We get all the boats loaded and head on back to Ray’s house where we unload the boats.boats16

 

Six hour paddle

We got on the water in Monte Rio around 11:30 and pulled into Jenner just after 5:30, about six hours on the water.

Had a nice trip down the river for a nice day.

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One Response to Drifting Down River to Jenner From Monte Rio

  1. Dennis says:

    Started with three ‘yaks and ended with four – that’s a good day!

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