Wednesday November 5, 2014 Jenner CA.
I saw Ray across the river by Penny Island heading on down to the river’s mouth as I put my boat in the water this morning, so I guess we were going to the River’s mouth area today. I joined him on the west end of the island and we continued on down to the mouth area.
The day was sunny with a breeze with some clouds in the sky. Nice.
Grebe on the water
The water level of the estuary is almost seven feet, which it sometimes levels out at. I’ll keep an eye out for that, to see if it does stop rising.
Then, we went down to the end of the river where we saw a lady stacking drift wood here and there. We chatted with her a bit,. Seems she was from Los Angeles and putting together some kind of sculpture.
Biologists getting data
We could see some biologists up ahead so I went by to say hi. They were getting the data off devices attached to a buoy there. I chatted with them a bit, but they were busy doing their thing, so I left them and followed Ray to Penny Island where we wanted to see if we could paddle into the island yet.
Paddling into Penny Island
Penny Island walk
While sitting there, we decided to go ashore on the island to see if we could walk around on any trails, or were they all flooded?
That worked. We had to carefully walk over some shallow water areas but we were able to walk up to the other end of the island.
Looking for Spotted Orb Weaver Spiders
We were on the lookout for spotted orb weaver spiders, which normally stay out on their webs, but today, they were all hiding in leaves by their webs.
Bobcat leave their mark
The trail goes through these willow trees. We figure a bobcat put these scratches on the tree, maybe a few days ago. There is some older scratches higher up on the tree. There are a lot of these kinds of scratches on the island. We saw a bobcat on the island about a week ago.
We ran into water in some spots and had to use another trail, here and there.
We paddled up the back channel of Penny Island, mostly drifting in the light breeze and turned into the little channel on the east end and headed on in for the day.
That was it for a fine paddle and a good walk on Penny Island.
Home for a much needed nap and that was it.