Saturday January 9, 2016 Jenner CA.
It was raining again as I got it going this morning. Checking with the weather guys, they said it would mostly stop soon, so I got my stuff together and headed down to Jenner driving in the rain.
It was still raining lightly as I drove into Jenner so I decided to drive down to the overlook at the river’s mouth to give the rain time to stop.
Putting the boat in
It looked like the rain was stopping so I drove back to the boat ramp and put my boat in the water forgetting to put my rain pants on.
There was a light wind coming down the river as I paddled across to Penny Island and it was a bit cold, so I pulled into this little channel on the upper end of the island and sat for a spell, letting the day warm up a bit and maybe the wind would calm down too.
Caught in a rain shower
Instead of the wind dyeing down, it picked up a bit and it started to rain. That’s when I remembered I’d forgotten to put my rain pants on, but I had my rain jacket on as that’s what I use for a wind breaker and have it on most days.
I pulled in close to shore under some trees that only helped a bit. To keep my legs a bit dryer, I pulled my pack over the cockpit and waited for the rain to stop. It finally did after about a half hour, so I left the cover of the trees and continued on up the river, mostly on the dry side.
And the wind dies down
Solidly stuck on a rock
The big rock was sharp and shaped like a wedge, so my boat rode way up on it where my boat was a bit shaky and could tip over. I tried to wedge the paddle onto the rock and push the boat back, but I couldn’t budge it as the boat was stuck on the wedge of the rock. Usually when I get on a rock like this, I turn the boat around the rock in a 360 degree circle until it falls off the rock, but with the rock ledge there, that wasn’t possible., although I tried.
The tide was also going out so the longer I waited, the higher out of the water my boat would climb on the rock, making tip over more of a problem.
I was thinking it’s too soon to dump my new camera. I was able to get close to the rock ledge and put my pack up there which also lightened my load a bit.
I spun around on that rock, but couldn’t get off it. Finally I gave it the back body slam, which is what I’d call it. That’s when you throw your whole body back against the back of the seat repeatedly causing the kayak to back up inch by inch, and getting off that sharp rock.
I retrieved my pack and crossed over to the other side of the river by Paddy’s rock. There were some ducks and grebe in the water. They all slowly paddled out of my way as I went on through headed towards the town of Jenner.
I paddled down along the shoreline looking for birds and critters.
Not too many here today, I bet those eagles were around earlier which causes a lot of the birds to vacate the area.
Turkey Vultures dining
I was cruising along the north side of Penny Island going down the river when I spotted several turkey vultures on the shore eating something. I paddled a bit closer to get this photo, but couldn’t tell what they were eating. This one is standing on what they were eating. My guess is a big fish.
The ocean was still pretty rough and was pounding away at the shore and the waves were breaking on rocks which has been the norm lately.
I headed on in for the day and went on home.
That was my day.