Mystical Fog Paddling Up the River and Back

Friday May 29, 2020 Jenner CA.

Paddling up the river yesterday

I put in here by the bridge and headed on up the river along it’s edge. I had looked down river and saw it was fogged in down by the ocean so up river I paddled.bridge

 

I took the right side and paddled on up.river2

 

Stuck

Some fog was moving in on me which picked the wind up a little. Going along the side I got trapped in these weeds and had to back up to get out of them to proceed.  It was still low tide so lots of weeds were exposed.weeds

 

No seals

There’s usually some harbor seals on these logs but not today. Just some ducks on the gravel that I paddled on by.birds4

 

I ran into these cormorants diving and fishing.cormorants5

 

Rest spot

I pulled into Markcum’s pool and headed for that spot in the shade for a good break and to watch for wildlife.pool6

 

This great blue heron was up in the tree just above me but not over me. One has to watch out for that.heron

 

Fog off the water

I continued on up the river headed for the great blue heron nesting tree paddling along here. Fog was starting to come off the water just a little.river8

 

Another resting spot

I made it up to this gravel bar which I couldn’t paddle through so I sat in the boat in the  water up by that gravel to watch and rest up.river9

 

Fishing duck

I noticed this merganser female duck fishing right in front of me in the ripple going over the gravel. She has a small fish in her mouth.duck10

 

She see’s me and is  checking me out and that little one sure has a serious face.merganser

 

Eventually she waddled off with her little ones going up the river.chicks11

 

Old camp spot

Eventually I headed back down the river. I was looking for an old camp spot along the way I knew about and wanted to check it out so pulled my boat onto shore here. I tied it up as it was low tide and the water level was slowly coming up.shsore12

 

Exploring

I was barely able to get up the bank and almost sled back down several times.

Once up onto the bank it was real overgrown with stuff and not easy to get through. I heard something grunting in the woods a short distance in front of me but couldn’t see what it was. I suspected a deer.fox13

 

Overgrown

I moved up the trail sorta slowly bending over stuff so I could find my way back to my boat. This area used to be more open but has really grown over with stuff. I had to be real careful I didn’t get disorientated.trail15

 

Deer bed

As I was headed back to my boat and almost there the grunting started again just in front of me but I saw nothing. I looked around a bit and found what I think is a deer bed so I think it was a deer making the sound.nest14

 

I did find my boat and got back on the water going down through here taking my time.riverfog16

 

Harbor seals

This time a couple of harbor seals where on the old redwood logs where I usually see harbor seals.seals17

 

This one was watching me but didn’t seem nervous as I paddled on by.seal18

 

More fog

The fog was moving in from the ocean and getting thicker.duckies120

 

Mystical fog

I talked with the two kayakers up ahead and said, interesting fog eh. She replied that it was mystical and I agreed.DSC04246

 

I paddled under the bridge to get into some more fog for a bit.fog21

 

Then turned back to the bridge where I put ashore and pulled my boat out and went on home for the day.boat13

 

That was sure a nice day paddling on the river.

At home I puttered around a bit doing some chair hopping and taking it easy.

That paddle tired me out a lot so I never did get the energy to write a blog last night.

Today

Today after checking on the chickens and taking care of their needs I rode on over to a neighbors place to help him digging out his spring as it was plugged up. We had to do a lot of digging and moving mud and clay and we almost got it dug out but will have to do a little more digging tomorrow. I forgot my camera so no photos of that.

All the digging really tired me out but I did get some good exercise, at least my body thinks so. It was a lot like playing in the mud and my shoes and pants were covered in mud.

Once home I change clothes and prepared a cardboard box for another chicken nest. I plan to move a little black hen I like onto some eggs tonight in just a bit, then I’ll have 4 hen’s sitting on eggs.

Nice day working away helping a neighbor with his spring.

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1 Response to Mystical Fog Paddling Up the River and Back

  1. Patsy Irene says:

    Yay! You got out for a yak ride! I love to see all of the critters you see.
    The merganser duck and her babes (I love her surprised hairdo!) and commorants.
    The harbor seals but my favourite is the blue heron. We used to get a visit at least once a summer but I’ve only seen them fly over.
    Nice day for sure!

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