Wednesday October 26, 2016 Jenner CA.
The river’s mouth opens in a new spot
It was overcast as I drove into Jenner today, but at least the wind was down and it wasn’t rainy. I put my boat in the water and paddled across the river to Penny Island. As I crossed the river, I thought I felt a bit of current which would indicate the river’s mouth was open. However the water was high, so if it was, it was just opening up, but I wasn’t sure.
Penny Island has water on it
The water level was at the eight foot level on the gauge at the visitor center so part of Penny Island was under water, so I paddled into it for a bit and sat by this big ol redwood stump to check things out.
Ray shows up in his boat
The mouth is in the process of opening up
We could see the river’s mouth had opened by itself not very long ago and was just in the process of opening up. There were lots of birds resting in the area. And occasionally, they all would jump into the air then land again.
We could see the mouth had just opened up and was just getting started washing out all the sand. The ocean was going to low tide which helps this process along quite a bit.
Lots of birds in the area
End of the river
This has never happened before
Did you notice
You likely didn’t notice, but something interesting is going on which I have never seen happen down here before. It shows in the above picture.
What’s going on is the river’s mouth is washing out between the jetty and the rocks on the right , just behind the sand, which was part of the jetty. The way the mouth has opened is right through this spot which should cause it to wash out a lot of rocks and sand which might create some kind of new channel through that spot as the whole estuary is full of water and it looks like it is going to wash through that spot, again which I’ve never seen it do before. There’s enough force from all the water that has to drain to do something like maybe wash a new channel through the jetty. We didn’t wait around to find out.
Up the island’s back channel
We paddled on up the back channel at a slow pace and eventually made it up to the island’s upper end where we stopped and took it easy while the sun came out.
We went on home.
Checked the van’s engine’s timing
After a good nap, I went outside and warmed the van’s engine up and then checked the timing and monkeyed with the idle some more.
I’ve tried every thing I can think of and it still doesn’t idle like it should, it’s rough, so I think I’m about ready to call the people that made the TBI kit and ask them for advice as they recommend doing that if one can’t get the idle right. They may have to change the information they programed into the prom I had them do for the V8. I wanted to check all my options before I called them.
That was about it for the day for a good one.