Wednesday February 1, 2017 Jenner CA.
Getting a paddle in while I can
With more rain predicted to come in tonight and last for a few days or so, I headed on down to Jenner to get in a yak while I could.
It was a bit overcast and cool, but at least the wind was down. I dressed warm and put my rain pants on to help keep warm mostly and just in case there were some rain showers.
No one else on the river
I put the boat in the water and as far as I know, no one else put their boats in the water today which is just fine with me.
I paddled across to Penny Island and decided to head on up the river a ways, maybe to the highway one bridge.
Hadn’t seen these big clams before
Just above the ducks, I spotted two of these big clam shells, about four inches long. I hadn’t seen any of this type that large before and didn’t know they got that big in the river.
Something has eaten them and discarded the shells, most likely muskrats as they are known to eat clams without breaking the shells during the process. I’ve also seen where the muskrats have dug up smaller ones just below this spot. Most other critters just break them open to get to the clam. These shells are fairly soft, so it’s surprising they get them open without breaking them up.
Made it up to Willow Creek
I paddled on up to the highway one bridge which was as far as I was going today, but once there after a short break I decided to continue up the river a ways further and before I knew it I was at Willow Creek, so I paddled on in.
Once back out on the river, I crossed on over to the north bank and paddled down along it looking for critters.
Harbor seals hunting
About that time I noticed little rain drops hitting the water, but they were so light they didn’t get me wet, but I was thinking they might get heavier soon, so I continued on down the river towards the boat ramp going by these golden eye ducks.
And another river otter
Just past the ducks, I saw something moving in the water that looked like it might be another otter so I waited and watched and sure enough this otter popped up. It was fishing away headed up stream as it did.
River otters or what
I was almost to the boat ramp when I saw some sort of activity across the river by some reeds which I thought were likely more otters, so I veered on over that way.
Nope, a pack of hunting seals
With all the harbor seals out hunting today it indicates big spawning fish are coming up the river most of them likely being steelhead.
The sprinkles had stopped, but I headed on in to the boat ramp anyway and went on home.
Fresh carrots taste good
After a rest at home I was getting a hankering for some fresh carrots like the ones I got out of my brother’s garden the other day. There aren’t many left, but I knew if I took a shovel with me I could likely find a few of them if I dug around a bit.
My bother has been having a serious problem with voles eating them. Voles are little mouse like animals that become big pests as they multiply fast in the summer and like carrots real well. I dug around and did better than I thought I would.
This time of year any carrots are real sweat and crunchy.
That pretty much finished off the day for another nice one.