Monday April 9, 2018 Jenner CA.
Nice day for a paddle and a walk
Too many itches to sleep well last night so I didn’t get it going until about noon. I’m still getting some corn in my food somewhere but I haven’t been able to figure out where yet.
Tried to get some shocks for the van
On the way down to Jenner to kayak around 1, I stopped at the local auto parts store to order some front shocks for my van. Only trouble was they didn’t carry the one’s I needed so that was a bust. I’ll have to order them online.
From there I continued on down to Jenner to kayak. The water was muddy and up a little from the recent rains. But the wind was down and the muddy water didn’t matter much.
The boat ramp was a bit muddy though, so I got a bit of mud on my shoes and in my boat, but hey, that’s boating.
I paddled on up along the north shoreline and stopped by this rock in this spot to sit for a spell.
This was my view from that sit spot looking back down at the town of Jenner.
I continued to paddle up river along it’s edge and went by these flowers blooming.
From there I crossed the river to the south shoreline and paddled up to Eagle’s Landing and sat for awhile just taking it easy.
Eventually I started back down the river.
I stopped in these redwood logs for another break.
When I left that spot I followed this pair of mallard ducks down river for a bit.
Swamp Rock for a walk
I wanted to go to shore for a walk, but the tide was out and most of the river banks were covered in mud which I was trying to avoid.
The shore is muddy to my left, but just up ahead there is some gravel I can get out on and not get muddy.
I landed at a place I call Swamp Rock Trailhead to go for a walk up along the river on a trail I call Poison Oak Alley Trail.
It goes through here. The poison oak is dormant right now but the place is loaded with it.
And through this brush. I did notice lots of wild blackberry blossoms out so maybe it’ll be a good berry year.
Nice grassy spot
I walked about a half mile up and back and returned to where my boat was. There was a nice grassy spot by the boat so I sat and watched and took it easy sitting in the grass for a bit.
While I was sitting there most of the light wind died to barely a breeze, so when I put the boat back in the water it looked like this.
I paddled by these merganser ducks. A male and some females. It’s mating season you know.
I decided to paddle down the Penny Island back channel that looked like this as I drifted down in the current.
Lots of birds
There were quite a few birds near the lower end of Penny Island.
This great white egret was fishing and catching some real small little fish.
There were a pair of crows feeding in the rocks. I watched as this one turned over rocks to find some kind of food under them.
I paddled by this pair of birds on the lower end of the island.
Just past them were a bunch of birds. Mostly seagulls and terns.
And I went by this cormorant just resting on the log.
I pulled into the boat ramp just after 6 and the river looked like this.
Once the boat was on the car I drove on home and that was pretty much it for me today for a nice one.
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