Tuesday October 25, 2016 Jenner CA.
Rainy coastal mountains
It was raining again as I got it going this morning, but not as hard as yesterday so I got my stuff together and headed down to Jenner to see what the weather was like down that way.
I live in the coastal mountain range which causes the clouds to rise up to get over them which squeezes out the water as the clouds condense. So sometimes, it’s not raining at the ocean as the clouds haven’t started over the mountains yet.
That’s why I head on down to Jenner lots of times as one never knows for sure what the rain is doing unless one checks it out.
And since it was only raining lightly at my house in the hills, it might not be raining at Jenner. And even if it was, driving down to the overlook at the mouth is also a thing local people do, just to have a look.
River’s mouth is closed
The one way valve
The ocean was fairly rough and big waves were breaking over the jetty rocks. You can see that the ocean is coming into the river. It works like a one way valve, letting ocean water into the estuary, but not back out. In the past ,big spawning fish have been seen coming into the river when this happens.
More birds every year
Harbor seal tracks
Most of the harbor seals leave the river when the mouth is closed and stay on the ocean side. But these harbor seals have crawled across the sand to take it easy on the river side. You can see their drag trails in the sand coming in from the ocean.
Kayaking not a good idea today
With the light rain and the wind, I decided kayaking here wasn’t such a good idea today, so I decided to go back to Monte Rio as there is always less wind there, so off I drove.
Well, there was less wind at Monte Rio alright, but the rain was continuous. If it was just showers I would have put my boat in, but with the continuous downfall of water, I decided to head on home which I did.
Not much going on at home
At home the rain was still coming down lightly all day so I mostly stayed in the house and took it easy today.
Louisa came by in the afternoon with two laptops she wanted me to check out. Apparently a power surge took them out the other day when he power went out. They were shot so it didn’t take much time to deal with that. I advised her to plug her computers into a surge protector with a switch you can turn off to disconnect from the power lines when not in use, therefore, this kind of thing is prevented.
So, I spent most of the day sitting around the house with my trusty wood stove keeping me warm.
That was my day.