Thursday June 13, 2019 Jenner CA.
I was planning on doing some shopping today but Joe, who I wanted to also visit wasn’t going to be in so I canceled the shopping until tomorrow and drove on down to Jenner to kayak. There was some high fog coming in as I arrived which made it a bit cool as the fog acts like an air conditioner.
I put my boat in the water and started my paddle up the river a bit taking my time. I only go up about a mile or so and that’s usually far enough to keep me busy for the day.
High fog today
Here I am paddling up the river and you can see the high fog.
I went by this great blue heron. Wonder how many times I’ve taken it’s picture.
Turned around at Muskrat
I paddled up to Muskrat and turned around and spent some time in this spot just watching.
Big fish bones
As I continued on down along the river I noticed this big thing of fish bones. The bones are pretty good size. The ribs are about six inches long. I was wondering what kind of fish that was. I believe some birds have been eating on it as anything else would have destroyed the bones during the eating process.
Not far from that set of bones I saw this set of bones from another big fish of some kind. Somebodies eating well down here.
I continued on and stopped in this spot for awhile taking it easy.
Swamp Rock for Blackberries and a hike
I had blackberries on my mind again as that’s the season around here for them so I pulled in here at Swamp Rock Trailhead with plans to eat some berries and hike over to Swamp Rock if I could get through the swamp, meaning if it was dry or not.
I had to walk across here to the rock over on the hill in the middle of the picture. I hunted for blackberries as I made my way over there.
Blackberries are getting riper
Some where ripe and some were red. I ate both types if they were red enough. I’m still a bit early for the ripe ones, but I found enough to get full on them.
They look better than they are
There were also lots of salmon berries but I don’t like them too well as they have a weird flavor even though they look real appetizing.
Headed to the rock
After I was full of berries I made a greater effort to get to Swamp Rock. I had to go through here if there wasn’t too much water in the swamp.
There was some water but I was able to find a way around it.
I made it up to the front of the rock, about half way up and sat for a break. Here’s the view looking over to the town of Jenner.
Here’s the view of the swamp and what I had to hike through from the river to get here.
Getting to the top
But I’m only on a rock shelf at the front of the rock and not at the top yet which is just above me and looks like this. I decided to try and get on up there but it took about an hour to do it going through all the brush and looking for a trail to get there.
There was a slide that sled last winter right next to the rock so I walked over to it to check it out and then looked for a trail over to the top of the rock off to the right here. I went over, under and around bushes to get to the top of the rock and it took a long time and some breaks.
Here’s the view from the top of Swamp Rock.
After a break there I headed on back down. I looked at this spot to go but it was too wet so I detoured around it.
I worked around the swamp water again. It’s almost dried up for the year.
Of course I looked for more blackberries on the way back going through this high swamp grass. Yes, that’s a trail there I’m following. One has to know where the trails are here to get anywhere.
Taking out for the day
I put my boat back in the water and headed on back to Jenner. It was about 6 PM as I paddled to the boat ramp just up ahead.
Shouldn’t really be shopping at this time
I drove on home stopping at the grocery store in Guerneville to get some stuff. I knew it would be busy but it was even busier than I thought. I finally did get out of there. Long check out lines suck.
Once home I checked on my chickens which were doing just fine and that was my day for a nice paddle and a hike and the blackberries were pretty good too.
That was a nice yak ride. You walk and hike in so many areas that you wouldn’t find me in. I think of snakes and critters that I would risk encountering. But the view is worth it at the top!
Those are some big fish bones! Wonder what they were and how they perished?
Sounds like a good day. Too bad about the shopping lines. As much as I don’t like the thought of putting people out of work, lines like that are why I use self-checkout. Not in a rush but my time is valuable too.