Monday April 27, 2015 Jenner CA.
I saw Ray across the river in his kayak as I drove into Jenner this morning. It looked like it was going to be a nice day with the sun out and just a low wind. I joined Ray and we decided to head on down to check out the mouth area so we headed on down that way along the island’s edge.
The eagle flew into the air and was doing some diving around the river’s mouth entrance, but then flew away before I could get there to see what it was doing.
There were quite a few seal pups resting on the beach some with their moms and some without their moms. There moms sometimes leave the pups on land while they go off and feed and do things in the water, but they are usually not too far off. Because of this, there is always a lot of pups calling out for momma, as far as I can figure out. After awhile the calling out gets to ya and you want to get away from it all.
We watched as this pup kept calling and moving along the shoreline until it’s mom joined it at this spot and they both disappeared into the water. It’s like mom said to stay on shore until I come back.
We stayed around the mouth area for an hour or so, then headed on up the river going up the back channel of Penny Island. We passed by these two big redwood tree stumps. The one on the left has been there for a long time. The stump on the right has just joined it. The sideways roots tend to stick them in the swallow gravels in this area. These are both natural stumps, not ones planted by the Russian River Steelhead guys. One of the problems with the Steelhead guys planted stumps is they don’t have any of these side roots left on them, so they don’t stick well and tend to float out to the ocean because of it. Of course, I’m sure they have to use what stumps they can get a hold and most of those have their roots cut or broken off.
We were paddling along the edge when we spotted this turtle on a log. I think it was the same one I saw a ways down river from this spot the other day. There aren’t usually many turtles down in the estuary, I think maybe they don’t like the salt water?
A little walk along the shore
We walked up the trail that goes along the shorelines. I call it Poison oak alley for good reason as there is a bunch of it on the trail.
It’s spring time, so all the plants are growing and getting real lush, including the poison oak and the nettles. Some of the nettles get seven feet high. One got me in the hand which I still feel.
We made it to the boat ramp and headed on home for the day. I had intentions of doing some yard work, but that little walk tired me out, so all I could do was rest up when I got home.