Windy and Cold and Blowing Up the Jetty

Friday January 20, 2017 Jenner CA.

Looks like the wind is going to be up today

The weather guys said it was going to be windy today down at Jenner.

Having nothing better to do, I headed on down that way to see for myself.

Windy and cold

I backed onto the boat ramp and got out and I could feel the cold wind coming off the ocean, so I decided to forget about kayaking today. The wind was about twenty miles an hour and cold. I can handle the wind, but not with the cold.ramp

 

Jenner visitor center

So, instead I went into the visitor center to chat with whoever was in there volunteering.visitcenter

 

I found Carol in there who I know but hadn’t seen around for quite some time.center

 

I shot the bull with her for quite a spell.

This is the other half of the center.inside

 

Eventually some visitors came in so I left and drove to the overlook down at the mouth on highway one, just past the town of Jenner.

River’s mouth overlook

Still lots of muddy water coming down the river from the recent rains. This is the open mouth where the river goes into the Pacific ocean.mouth

 

This is looking south towards Goat Rock which you can see down that way.goatrock

 

This is the jetty with the waves breaking over it as the ocean was fairly rough today.ocean

 

The seals are in a spot where the ocean waves are breaking over the sandy beach.seals

 

Ocean’s taking the jetty apart

I looked at the jetty to see if the big block of cement was gone yet or not. It’s moved recently from the rough ocean waves and soon will likely be gone as the ocean is slowly taking the jetty out, a little at a time.jetty

 

You can see the last segment of the jetty as it was at the start of the winter. In the picture above the cement has falling a bit, see the tilt.jetty1

 

Here is the jetty a couple years ago. I’ve watched the ocean take out one more block which was on the end of this one a couple years ago.jetty2

 

Which brings up a point. There’s been talk about removing the jetty and letting the river do it’s natural thing, but the cost to remove it was something like five million dollars or more and  doing so would likely destroy the  road going down to Goat Rock from the heavy equipment needed to do the job.

But why not do it more cheaply. I have an idea to do that from thinking on the subject.

Low cost and effective jetty removal, blow it up

The ocean gives a clue. The cheapest and likely the best way to accomplish removing the jetty is to just blow it up.

That sounds rather dramatic, but if a small section was blown up at a time, there wouldn’t be much bang as if done right all the bang stays in the cement to crack it up. Once it is in smaller pieces the ocean would just take it out like it’s slowly doing now, but it would go much faster and not cost very much money. If nothing is done, the ocean will take it out slowly, maybe in a  hundred years or so.

This is the best solution I can think of so far.

Monte Rio parking lot

From there I returned to Monte Rio to check out the boat ramp.

The county had some big dumpsters in the parking lot for those who got flooded to dump their stuff. It’s also available for people to  just get rid of any accumulated garbage. It’s a good deal as everything that goes into the dumpsters stays out of the river.dumpsters

 

The boat ramp is still completely under water.

These are some of the friendly ducks that hang out in this area waiting for someone to come by and give them something to eat which a lot of the locals do.ducks

 

The only guy fishing on the river right now

I saw Bill fishing over by the Monte Rio bridge so I went down to shoot the bull with him for a bit. He said he caught a hard head fish yesterday, but so far today nothing.

bill

 

I left him hard at it and drove on home.

Getting the mail and fixing the gate

After a nap, I waited for the rain shower to let up then went over to my neighbors to get his mail. He has this big roll gate that is real hard to open so I had a look at it. I took off one of his rollers and greased it up and tried squirting some oil on the other ones. It works quite a bit better, but I’m thinking he should of put some grease fitting in it when he installed it.

I might do that if I have nothing better to do, eventually. The rollers just need to be drilled out and tapped for grease fittings. His girl friend would like that, I bet. :O)

The cat and I

Other than that, the cat and I are getting to know each other. It’s a good cat which mostly tries to be good which is rare for a cat as they usually just act like cats. :O) Last night I heard some cat screams outside the back door. Seems there’s another cat around that’s been coming into this cats territory. Seems this cat is winning as it’s not torn up or anything.

And another storm coming in

We have another rain storm coming in this weekend then we get a break. The river is getting near to flooding again, so it will depend on how big this next storm is. Nothing worse than living in a flood plane and getting flooded out more than once. No problems with flooding for me, but those that live on or near the river might get it again.

That was my day.

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Caught In a Cloud Burst and Upset the Lady in the Visitor Center

Thursday January 19, 2017 Jenner CA.

You can’t always beat the rains

It rained pretty hard all last night, but was letting up when I got it going this morning which was almost noon. There were supposed to be rain showers today, so I got my stuff together so I could drive on down to Jenner to see if I wanted to put my boat in the water.

I drove on down to the overlook to check things out.

Mouth overlook at Jenner

The river’s mouth is wide open with lots of muddy water from the rains.mouth

 

The ocean was pretty rough and breaking over the jetty and the sandy beaches.jetty

 

I could see these harbor seals and a lot of birds resting on the sand down there. The birds were mostly seagulls.seal

 

Might as well put the boat in the water

From there I drove on back to the boat ramp and as it looked like a pretty nice day, I decided to put my boat in the water, but didn’t put my rain pants on as things looked like it wasn’t going to rain, but I was wrong about that.

I paddled up along the north shoreline, just enough to get ahead of the island so when I crossed and was carried down the river in the current, I’d still hit the island were I wanted to, near the top end.riverup

 

I paddled on down along the islands edge headed for it’s lower end, along here.islandend

 

This pair of grebe were fishing near the bottom end of the island as I approached.grebe

 

I looked around the bottom end of the island and then headed back up along it north edge to the little channel on the upper end of the island here.channel

 

I paddled into the little channel where I hung out for a bit, then moved to the upper most end of the island and had a look here. I could see some rain starting to come in out there, a small shower I was hoping, but I was wrong about that as it turned out to be a cloud burst.riverup2

 

Dumped on

So I thought I better head in for the day to keep from getting wet. I paddled into the current leaving plenty of room to get across and hit the boat ramp, but on the way, it began to rain and then it hailed and a bunch of slush started coming down and I was out in it with no rain pants on, but I did have a rain jacket on.rain

 

Headed for the tunnel fast

What to do as I was starting to get real wet from the down pour and there were no trees around to get under for protection, so I decided to try and make it to the Jenner Creek tunnel that goes under the road by the café,…….before I really got soaking wet. I could feel the cold water running into my clothes as I paddled fast to the tunnel.

I did get pretty wet, but I made it into the tunnel where it was dry which looked like this.tunnel

 

After about ten minutes the rain started to let up, so I ventured back out of the tunnel.rainstop

 

A lady and an otter in the visitor center

And headed on in for the day. I saw the visitor center was open, so I thought I’d go in and take a pic or two of the stuffed otter they had in there. It’s the lightest otter I’ve ever seen. I’d think it might have come from the snow country to be this light. Where it was set up wasn’t a good spot to get pics of it, but here it is. It looks a bit mangy, like maybe it’s been around for a long time. This is a new addition in the visitor center. I should of asked where they got it.otter

 

The lady almost blew up :O)

The lady behind the counter was a lady that lived in Jenner so we had a good talk. I talk a lot about the estuary and I could see the lady was getting upset with what I was saying and eventually she said I was aggressive and she was doing her best not to blow up. :O) I tend to be that way when talking about the estuary and what’s going on on the river and explained myself and thanked her for saying something about it and not blowing up. We had a good talk and I left and headed for Monte Rio to check out the boat ramp there to see how muddy it was.

Monte Rio and a guy fishing in the muddy water

It turned out to not be muddy, but only because the water level was up higher than the mud.

I noticed this guy setting up to fish and I saw him fishing down here during the high water a week or so ago, which I blogged about.  So I went down to chat with him. His name was Bill and he turned out to be an interesting guy.fishing

 

He said he’s caught some hardheads and one day he thought he might have had a steelhead on, but it broke his line, so he wasn’t sure. Only those who put a hook in the water can catch fish, so at least he had a chance, even with the muddy water.bill

 

We chatted for a good while and then I headed back to Guerneville where I went into Safeway to get a few things.

I got my stuff and then went up to John S. and visited with him and his wife until it was dinner time and I went on home where the kitty cat was glad to see me.

And that was  my day.

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