Saturday January 11, 2014 Jenner CA.
The Russian River mouth is closed again
I woke up to rain drops a fallen on my sky light which was nice as we haven’t had much rain so far this year. It was just a light rain and as I got up it continued.
I checked with the weather guy and he said it should clear off by evening, so I took a chance and headed for Jenner, hoping there might not be showers down there.
The rain showers were just a light rain as I approached Jenner, just a little more than a mist. I decided to go down and check the river’s mouth as yesterday, I thought it might be closed, but it was so foggy I couldn’t tell. I guessed it was open yesterday, but I think I might have been wrong as today it is closed for sure.
So, I drove down to the highway one overlook of the mouth area.
The river mouth was closed by a rough ocean pilling the sand up as it swept in with big waves. And with water conservation in place there is only about 106 cubic feet per second coming down the river right now, not much water.
Get the boat in the water
I had my rain gear on, so I put my boat in the water. No one else seemed to be in the water today for some reason?
I paddled across to the east end of Penny Island in a real light rain. At least the wind was down and it wasn’t too cold either.
I wasn’t sure where I wanted to go today, but finally decided to work my way on down to the river’s mouth, so I paddled down the north side of Penny Island to the west end, where I shot this picture, looking down towards the river mouth area. Penny island grasses on the left, that’s the most western end of the island.
Rains letting up, nice
The rain was letting up just as I approached the west end of Penny island which was nice.
There were a lot of harbor seals in the water as I left the end of the island. Most of them seemed to be sleeping. They can sleep under water. They come up for air every once in awhile with their eyes closed, get air and sink back down and sleep. That’s what some of them where doing in this area. They didn’t seem to be fishing.
Ducks, in the water and out
Yes, the rivers mouth is closed up
Noisy sea lions, always barking
There were at least several of these sea lions swimming around, barking a lot too. They seemed to like to go by the seals on the beach barking right up close to them, trying to intimidate them, it seemed.
And then headed on in for the day. I needed a nap and went on home where I got one.
A bit of rain, but a nice day, just the same.