Monday October 6, 2014 Jenner CA.
The fog was waffling in and out at Jenner this morning as I arrived to kayak for the day. Otherwise, the wind was down and it was a real nice day out.
I headed on down towards the river’s mouth in the fog and popped out at this boat. Two biologist ladies are taking data from the devices attached to a buoy that is behind their boat. I said hi and asked them if they knew how deep the fresh water layer is which is on top of the salt water layer. They didn’t know.
He said he did. About three meters, or about ten feet. The salt water is heavy with salt and colder than the fresh river water, so sinks below the warmer fresh water. With the lower river dams just dumped, I was wondering how much fresh water came down into the estuary from the dams. The fresh water was deeper than I thought.
Dave left to get back to fishing, so I checked out the closed river mouth. Note the mouth is just sorta closed as high tides and rough oceans can still come into the estuary and so can big spawning fish when this happens. Looking at the sandy beach on the right, one can see that a lot of big waves have crashed over the sand not long ago, like, maybe last night.
I hung around the mouth area for a while and then headed back to Penny Island as I wanted to see how much water has flooded onto the west end of the island. I found the little channel onto the island and paddled my boat on in.
I continued on up the river, past eagle’s landing and on up to muskrat nest beach where I sat for awhile. The biologists moved up the river across from me and were doing their net thing with the cows watching. I must admit, the biologists were working real hard today.
I usually go on home after kayaking all day, but instead I went over to visit my friend Joe who lives near the airport. We shoot the bull for awhile, then I headed on home for a nap.
After the nap, I went out in the yard and puttered around doing little chores and doing some chair hopping too.
That was my day.