Night Kayak, Jenner to Markum Hole and Back

Sunday, June 23, 2013, Jenner, CA.

Going out at night to kayak

Since it was Sunday, I thought it would be a good idea to stay home and get some projects done.

First up was to use the vinyl repair kit to repair my office chair I use in the van. It had some cracks and scraps and needed a little attention. I made a mistake or two using the kit. Burned a hole though once but was able to fix it. Like a lot of things, I was just getting the hang of it about the time I was done. It came out ok, nothing too fancy.

Of course, once it was done I put it back in the van and sat in it for a break. While doing so, I was eyeing that little useless shelve in the back of the van. If it was a little bigger, it would be more useful for putting stuff on it. Ok, ok, I’ll build a bigger one, so that’s what I did.

The old one is on the right and the new one is on the left. shelves

 

I puttered around the yard a bit too and took it easy a bit too. :O) I was thinking it would be a good day to go down to Jenner late in the day, around seven and stay until after dark. This would give me a chance to check out the Markum hole in the dark to see if there were any lumens. I didn’t expect any lumens, but you have to look to know for sure. Since the mouth of the river has been closed for a couple weeks now, no new salt water is coming into the estuary, so I didn’t expect there to be any lumens because there has to be phyto phosphorous plankton from the ocean for it to exist in the river, which means new salt water from the ocean.

I arrived in Jenner around seven thirty PM and put my boat in the water. It was a little on the foggy side, and not much of a breeze.

This is what the river looked like as I crossed over to Penny Island, looking west or down river.fog1

 

The wind was really down so it was very nice. I took this picture from Penny Island looking up the river where I was headed.fog2

 

I entered the little channel on the east end of the island and headed up river. This great blue heron was perched on the end of the island as I passed.heron

 

Just above him, there were a bunch of birds on some logs. Cormorants and mergansers mostly.birdlog

 

I continued on up the river stopping for brief periods along the way. I keep moving as I wanted to be up at the hole before it got dark and I wasn’t sure how long it would take to get there.

I did notice quite a few bovinasourous in the fog along the shoreline doing their thing very quietly.bovinasourous

 

Continuing on, up past the highway one bridge, this is the view in the fog.fogview4

 

Getting closer to Markum hole in this picture.foggyriver

 

This is Markum Hole. Fifty feet deep and a couple hundred yards wide. It took me just under an hour to get here, about eight thirty Pm now. I would sit over in the corner, under the trees and wait until it got dark.markumhole

 

This is my view out from my spot at Markum Hole. Foggy and the mist is picking up. I had to put the camera away as the lens was condensing as it was getting real misty just before it got dark.markumview

 

I stayed at that hole until just before ten PM and it looked like it wasn’t going to get real dark, even with the fog, as there was a real big full moon up above the fog that made everything light. Didn’t need a flashlight at all.

So, about ten Pm, I started back down the river. It was fairly misty until Jenner came  into sight and then it turned to calm without the mist. Very nice, could almost of stayed awhile longer, except I was getting hungry.

Since the mist cleared I got the camera out one more time and took a picture of what Jenner looked like as I was coming in for the night.jennernightview

I didn’t see any lumens. I don’t think there were any and it was too bright out to see them anyway. I was off the water about 11:15 PM.

Another good day having fun.

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