Tuesday January 5, 2016 Jenner CA.
It was raining again this morning, but the weather guy said it would let up around noon to five, so I headed out to Jenner to kayak for the day around noon.
I drove on down to the overlook at the mouth just to check things out. Big huge waves were crashing into the beach from the ocean over washing the beaches with water. The river’s mouth was plenty open, but a little restricted and backing the estuary up to around seven feet at the visitor center. And the river water was muddy from last nights rains.
Just a shower
I had my rain gear on, but it’s still nice to sit under a big tree and wait it out at least until the tree gets saturated with rain. When that happens there’s usually bigger drops falling off of the tree so one might as well go back out in the rain. But it stopped before that happened today.
A duck day
I was sitting along the shore just past those ducks when there was a big splash right in front of me, but I didn’t see what made it, so I backed up a bit to watch to see if what made the splash would surface anywhere.
Eventually an otter popped up. There were about three of them. I paddled further out into the center of the river to give them some room and make them think I wasn’t interested in them. They headed across to the other side of the river.
I followed the otters to the other side and they went into the brush and left the river for the shore, so I moved on down the river.
Headed for the mouth area
Later I learned that a fifteen year old boy had been in the ocean, but was able to get out and was real cold. I didn’t get any more details about the incident than that. The ocean is about fifty one degrees F. and can suck the heat out of ones body in less than a half hour. When that happens, you can’t move and will likely die.
Rain squall and then the sun
Once I realized what it was, I backed up a bit, then a rain squall hit and it poured for about ten minutes. It rained so hard I couldn’t see anything. About that time I was thinking I might as well head in for the day as I was sure I would be a bit on the damp side from this deluge. I started to head in when the rain stopped and the sun came out, so I turned around again and headed back to the mouth area.
I hung around that area watching things for about a half hour, then headed on back to the boat ramp for the day.
I put the boat on the car and went on home for the day and got home just before dark.
That was my day for another good one.