Tuesday March 31, 2015 Jenner CA.
I sure didn’t want to get up this morning, but I knew they were going to open the river’s mouth and they weren’t going to wait for me, so I got up and got it going and drove on down to the Jenner overlook. As I approached Jenner, I could see the wind was already up to twenty or thirty miles an hour, which is doable and a lot of work.
Excavator is already working away
You can see the ocean waves were breaking over the beach which makes this a dangerous job as a big enough wave can push the machine and everyone into the river in an instant, which wouldn’t be much fun.
While I was watching, I noticed this lone kayaker down on the beach poking around. I could see it was John, a local guy. He paddled over to the overlook and climbed the cliff and came up to shoot the bull for a bit, before going back down and paddling into the wind.
The guys make a channel and then the river water flowing moves the sand in the channel until it really opens up, which it is just starting to do in this photo after about a half hour. Note the piles of sand are almost gone as the channel widens out until the channel opens wide and the river really drops much faster. I didn’t wait around for that to happen.
I shoot the bull with some of the guys down there and then went on back to the Jenner visitor center where the boat launch ramp is. As you can see the wind is up, so I was thinking of doing something else today.
Why open the river’s mouth?
One of the reasons they open up the river’s mouth is to keep this place from flooding as you can see the water level is just below the deck right now. Once the building is flooded, it wouldn’t have to rise much more to flood the highway and the town.
Opening the river’s mouth also lets the fish that need to get into the river or back into the ocean do so. Steelhead spawn and return to the ocean as well as all the other little fish from the year before that were spawned and need to get to the ocean to continue their life cycle.
Headed on home
I decided to head on home and either do some yard work or get some supplies to hook up the new water well.
Spotted those wild pigs
On the way home, I thought I saw some wild pigs by the roadside, so I turned around to have a look at this spot. Can you see the pigs up in the pasture corner, just above center? It’s a nice fence wild flower shot too.
I took some pictures then got back in my car and looked back as I was driving away and saw all the little piglets come out that I saw the other day up on the hillside.
What to do?
When I got home, I couldn’t decide what I wanted to do, so took a small little nap.
I finally decided to drive over and get some pipe supplies and do some checking in the store to see what they had to make what I need to do to hook up the water well happen.
That didn’t take too long and I was home again. I decided to gas the weed mower and do some weed mowing. I did that until the drive belt wore out on me so decided that was enough of that. I have a new belt, but I didn’t feel like messing with putting it on. I sure go through a lot of belts and am thinking that maybe the one I’ve been putting on is too small and not the right size that is supposed to be on there. I’ll have to investigate that when I install the new one I have.
That was my day.