Friday October 23, 2015 Jenner CA.
Paddling the Russian River
When I arrived at Jenner this morning it was overcast, but the sun was breaking through. I paddled across the river to Penny Island and looked down towards the closed river’s mouth area. A great blue heron and a seal in the water.
Which way to go today
I decided to head up the river. There was a number of harbor seals hunting just up from the visitor center. I watched for about a half hour, but didn’t see what they were eating. I think it was some smaller type fish that they could eat under the water. The seagull was waiting for scraps and I saw it stick it’s bill under water a couple of times, so I think it was getting some goodies.
Eventually, I continued on up to Eagle’s landing where I saw these two ladies getting some measurements so stopped to talk for a bit. It was Kate and Robin from the Bodega Marine labs. They were pretty busy so I didn’t stay long and continued on up the river.
I heard a couple splashes off to my right so took a look. I saw a splash which I think was an otter, so went out in the river a bit to see if I could spot them, but I didn’t, so I paddled across the river to the north side and went down along it looking for birds and things, as it’s a good place to find things resting along the shoreline.
I hung around the mouth area for awhile then headed on back to the boat ramp and pulled my boat out for the day and headed on home.
On the way home, I stopped in Guerneville at the Safeway to do some shopping.
At the checkout the bagging lady asked if I wanted to buy a ten cent bag. I said no, just put them in the basket as I’ve been taught by Costco as that’s what they do.
She says, are you sure, people put dogs in the basket. I said the foods already been in the basket so what’s the point? She says I hope you have a good immune system. I said I grew up playing in the dirt, so I think I do. I shoulda said, you let people put their dogs in a food basket? Hummmmmmmmmmmmm.
Luckily most of the food comes in good packages anyway.
I went on home and went over to shovel some dirt in my pipe ditches to cover them up. I shoveled just enough to cover the pipes then filled the ditch up with water to compact the dirt around the pipes. I’ll shovel more dirt in it later as I don’t want to overdo it with my sore back. As it was, that kicked my butt.
The rest of the day was spent on the couch taking it easy.
That was my day.