Tuesday November 27, 2013 Jenner CA.
It seems the river’s mouth closed last night or yesterday
As I approached Jenner this morning, I could see the water level of the river was a bit higher. It looked like the river’s mouth might have closed again.
That confirmed, I drove back to the Jenner visitor center and put my boat in the water and headed across to Penny Island and into the little channel on the east end were I took my first break of the day.
After awhile I headed on over to the south side of the river and started up, headed for Eagle’s landing.
I continued on up the river and stopped at Otter’s log for a bit then continued on to Eagle’s landing and on past that, almost to the highway one bridge. I sat around at several spots on the way.
Eventually I turned back down the river, crossing over to Paddy’s rock and down the north shore for a ways before crossing back over to the south shore and started to go down the back channel of the island.
I spotted these Turkey Vultures eating something on the east end of the island where the little channel crosses over.
Instead of going down the back channel, I crossed over in the little channel on the east end of the island and was going down the north side of Penny Island when I decided to pull into shore and go for a little walk on the island about midway.
A walk on Penny Island
Penny Island has some secret trails
The trails aren’t really secret, but if you don’t know where they are, they might as well be as they are mostly over grown with brush and bushes and not very easy to follow. I’d say the trails are more of a maze. None of the trails are continuous. They start and stop and split and are mostly hidden, so it is slow going no matter what. I know where some of them are, but am still in the process of discovering more of them.
I had a good walk and got some berry thorns in my hand for the effort. I didn’t see any animals on the island, but there are deer, bobcats, coyote and gofers and mice and likely some more critters that I haven’t seen yet.
After that, I got back in my boat and headed down to the west end of island were I watched for awhile before continuing on down the the closed river’s mouth area.
Continuing on down to the river’s mouth, I paddled right up to the closed mouth.
Looks like rough seas have pushed sand up into the mouth and closed it with sand.
I like to sit around the mouth area and watch for critters. I watched these two ladies fabricating some kind of art project. They were intense, working away. Amazing the things people can move when they put their mind to it. I left them to it and headed back up the river.
I spied some more turkey vultures along the shore. What were they doing?
I leisurely made my way on back to the launch ramp, taking my time and thinking maybe I’ll stick around for sunset, but in the end, I took this last picture and went on home and didn’t wait for the sun to set.
I was off the water around four PM and went on home were a nap was in order.
Another nice day kayaking Jenner.