Thursday February 24, 2022 Guerneville CA.
I had time to get one more paddle in before taking off on a trip to Arizona, so I got my gear together and headed to Jenner to paddle the Russian river estuary around noon today.
There were a lot of cars in the parking lot at the boat ramp, but no one was on the river in a boat here today at this time as I unloaded my boat.
Up the river
I crossed over the river to Penny Island and started up the river along it’s edge. The sun was out and the wind was low although a cool breeze was coming off the ocean and moving on up the river. I was dressed for it as I put an extra shirt on for this trip.
Old Redwood Tree Graveyard
I stopped in this spot for a bit, a place I call the old redwood tree graveyard as there were some big trees laying in the water that I think had grown here many years ago and had fallen over in the water which helped preserve them.
I stop and watch, sometimes closing my eyes and just listening for stuff.
I worked my way up to this spot, Muskrat, as this is a spot where the muskrats made a bunch of nests when they moved into this area ten or fifteen years ago. I like to stop by the green grass and watch as it’s out of the wind and a nice sunny spot, that’s why the muskrats like the spot.
I spend quite a bit of time in this spot as it’s as far as I usually go before turning around and heading back down the river, only about a mile above the boat ramp.
And old horses
And these two horses have been living over there ever since I’ve been coming down here a number of years ago. They must be getting pretty old. They live on a ranch and have this spot to themselves and I don’t think anyone rides them anymore. They have it pretty good.
Headed down river
After an hour or so in that spot I start my slow journey back down the river towards Jenner going around the back channel of Penny Island.
Lots of gulls
As I make my way around the bottom end of the island I see all these gulls sitting on the island edge and in the water. They come to rest and bathe in the fresh water washing all the salt water off from the ocean.
From there I worked my way back to the boat ramp, load up and head on home for the day where I need a nap.
I do a bit of van prep and that’s my day.