Thursday December 4, 2014 Jenner CA.
It looked like another nice day as I approached Jenner this morning. It was raining a bit at home, but not in Jenner. I saw Ray in his boat up the river a ways and Steve was at the east end of Penny Island in his boat, so I put in the water and headed over to where Steve was.
It was high tide and the water was a little muddy from the recent rains. Things were mostly normal except for all the stuff coming down the river that people had neglected to take care of before the rains came. And another plus was there was almost no wind, just a little breeze. There would be more current, but it was high tide in the estuary right now.
I joined Steve and we headed up the river to try and catch up with Ray who was about a half mile ahead of us.
We saw something reddish up ahead which turned out to be someone’s dock that had gotten away and flouted down here. Everything up river comes down here eventually. It’s only a matter of time.
Just past that, I saw something on a branch just above the surface of the water which turned out to be a little lizard that shouldn’t’ be out this time of year. I think it was on something that got swept down the river. It was on a branch that went to shore so I left it to it’s fate.
First of the big redwood stumps
Just a little ways above that, I saw this thing. Looking at it closer, it looks like one of the big redwood stumps they’d put in the river to float down and create fish habitat. This is the bottom of the big redwood stump, the sawed off tree part is at the bottom, so it’s upside down. The idea, as I understand it, is some of these stumps will get caught somewhere in the river. I think we are going to get some nice stumps in the Jenner area this year.
Caught up with Ray
Ray seemed to be on a mission and we couldn’t catch up with him until we got to Muskrat Nest Beach, where we saw his boat ashore. He popped out of the bushes as we approached.
Sure, I’m up for a hike
As it turned out, Ray wanted to hike up the muskrat nest trail to the ridge top, so I joined him. There is lots of poison oak up on this trail, so we left Steve, who catches it to kayak up to the Willow creek area and we took off up the hill once I found a place to put my boat ashore.
Near the top
We were up on the hill for about two hours. Steve was waiting for us at the river when we returned to the river. We headed on down the south side of the river.
More big ol redwood stumps
That dock I recognized as one just below the Villa Grande hole, just below Monte Rio. It will likely make it to the ocean unless someone grabs it before that. It’s too heavy for us to mess with with the kayaks. And besides we aren’t down here to pick up after people.
Duck weed on the surface
You might have noticed a lot of green stuff on the waters surface. It’s duck weed which seems to grow along the river’s edge in the fall and is now headed to the ocean.
Ray went on home
As we passed the boat ramp at Jenner, Ray went on in for the day and Steve and I continued down to the west end of Penny island, where this kingfisher temped me to take it’s picture. They always take off just as you put the camera up, but I tracked it this time and got this photo of it.
Fast flowing open river mouth
Up until now, the current in the water hadn’t been too bad, but now the ocean was going to low tide, so a lot more water was dumping out of the open river’s mouth.
We approached the mouth area cautiously, not knowing what the current would be. Just as we went past the restaurant near the end of the river, the current got a lot stronger and we were headed for the open mouth. faster then I like, so we pulled over to the north shore and turned around and started back up the river along it’s shoreline, where the current is less.
Once we reached a spot along the shoreline where there was less current, we stopped to take this picture of the open river’s mouth looking out into the Pacific ocean. That was close enough for me today. No way do I want to go out in that ocean.
Despite the rain this morning, the day turned out to be a real nice one.