Thursday September 18, 2014 Jenner CA.
It rained lightly all night last night and hadn’t quite subsided when I got up and got going. Sometimes, it will rain here and not down at the ocean, so I headed on down to Jenner with my rain gear, just in case.
There was a couple light showers as I put my boat in the water. I saw the fish tracker biologists out tracking fish with their umbrella up, likely to keep their computer dry. They headed on up the river, so I didn’t catch up with them today.
Is the river’s mouth closing?
I put on my rain pants just in case and headed across the river to the little channel at the east end of Penny Island. It was going to low tide, so I was surprised there was enough water in the little channel for me to get through it. Could the river’s mouth be closing? I hadn’t been down to the mouth in a couple days, so had no idea.
I crossed through the channel and on across the river to the south side and headed on up the river. The rain was threatening a bit, but it didn’t rain on me anymore as I paddled along.
The seal hung around for a a bit, then swam off and eventually, I continued on up the river, on up to musk rat nest beach. I sat in my boat in the water and studied the hillside at musk rat, as that is where we were exploring the other day and I was trying to get a picture of it from this angle to see which way we should explore up the hill next time.
I think this is really an old road
Last time we were up there I said we discovered an old road down to goat rock , or the ocean. I thought about that for a bit. Originally, there where no main roads inland in this area.
So, the old road we found is more likely the original road to Bridge Haven, where the highway one bridge crosses the river. In other words, the road went from the ocean, up the river to bridge haven, originally to get to bridge haven.
We will explore that road some more as time permits.
Headed down to check out the river’s mouth
While I was sitting there thinking , ah, resting, the water level of the river still seemed high, so I was thinking the mouth must be closed, so I headed on down that way.
What’s this guy doing?
I was headed down to the mouth, when I saw this guy kneel down like he was praying or something, so I went over a little closer to investigate.
He turned out to be a biologist taking measurements of the salt water content in some holes they drilled down there earlier in the year. You can see he has a roll of wire he is unrolling and lowering his measuring device down in the hole.
Yes, the river’s mouth is closed up
The river’s mouth is not closed up tight
Ok, so the river’s mouth is closed and the river can’t get into the ocean,………But.
The sand isn’t high enough to keep the ocean from going over the piled up sand during the higher high tides, or when the ocean is rough, such as now.
The below picture shows an ocean wave breaking over the beach and coming into the river. This is just a little wave, bigger waves or a real high tide can cause a huge amount of water to come into the river, but it can’t get back out now.
Spawning fish have been seen coming into the river this way in the past
Spawning fish have been seen coming into the river in this way when the mouth is closed, when they have to get in to spawn. It’s usually a fish fed for the seals when they come in this way as a lot of the fish get trapped on the sand.
I went on home for nap, then went out in the yard and puttered around and got a project or two completed.
That as my day.