Friday October 2, 2015 Jenner CA.
I’d told my brother we’d pull a couple well pumps this morning thinking it was Saturday. When I woke up this morning I realized it was Friday, so I got up a bit early since I’m still waking up too early since my trip.
I went out in the yard and set up the well pump to pull when my brother drove up in his golf cart, so we pulled the new well pump out so I can test it later once I round up the stuff I need to test it.
Than we went over to my Aunt’s whose property my brother is acquiring and we pulled the pump on the old family well that hasn’t been used in years. I knew from checking this well out earlier that the pump was frozen up and needed to be replaced.
Off to kayak
That done, I headed down to Jenner to kayak for the day.
I put my boat in the water and paddled across the river to the upper end of Penny Island and sat in this spot for an hour or so. Nice day, low wind and the sun was out. Looking over to the town of Jenner.
Harbor seals hunting
I had been seeing these wakes in the water the last couple days, from seals racing after a fish, I thought.
I was paddling along and all of a sudden this wake showed up just in front of me.
I could just barely make out a fish which was no more than a big black spot with the seal in hot pursuit.
I couldn’t tell what kind of fish it was chasing. Not likely salmon as the mouth is closed and I don’t know if it got it or not.
Closed river’s mouth area
From there I headed on down towards the river’s mouth. I saw John who lives down there by his house, so I went over to chat with him for a bit, then headed to the closed river’s mouth.
It was almost high tide and I wanted to get a picture of the high tide waves coming into the closed river’s mouth to show that if this flow is big enough, such as during a storm, big fish can still get into the river.’
Here, I’m just showing a wave breaking over the sand into the river, during a storm, this flow could flow in just as if the mouth was open, letting the big fish in to spawn, at least some of them. Of course when this happens, the harbor seals are there to take their toll of the big fish, which sometimes have to struggle to get over the shallow sand.
I sat around watching at the mouth area for a good hour or so before heading on in for the day and going on home.
I just sat around the yard for the rest of the day and took it easy.