Monday November 23, 2015 Jenner CA.
It was fairly foggy when I arrived at Jenner this morning. I put my boat in and paddled across the river to Penny island and headed down river along it’s side. I could see the excavator way down by the mouth area as they were opening the closed river’s mouth to the ocean.
Breeching the closed river’s mouth
I continued on down towards where they were working on opening the river’s mouth. The excavator was working away cutting a trench in the sand for the river water to get into the ocean and let any spawning fish come into the river.
The guy running the machine stopped for a break and to examine his ditch. He built a small coffer dam to keep the river out of his trench until he is almost finished, then he will break the coffer dam. The Pacific ocean is behind them.
I’ve seen this before, so I knew it would be anticlimactic and the mouth wouldn’t wash out until low tide later in the afternoon, so I left and paddled on over to the lower end of Penny Island, going past these seagulls bathing in the water.
Flooded Penny Island
Headed up the river
I paddled out of there and headed up the back channel of the island headed up the river.
I went past these harbor seals resting on a big submerged redwood log. The one on the left is Pops and the one on the right is Coco. I should know the one in the middle as it’s one of the seals that mostly stay in the river.
Watching a loon
I paddled up to Paddy’s rock and then crossed over the river to the other side. It was rather cool out and I was getting chilled. I was paddling along here when I decided I was chilled through and headed back down along the shoreline.
From there I headed on in to the boat ramp and pulled out for the day. I was thinking of driving down to the overlook at the mouth to check it out, but as chilled as I was, I went on home instead.
Finished planting the blueberry bushes
It was a little warmer at home, but not much. I finished planting the blueberry bushes that my brother gave me the other day, so that is done.
Getting power to the bridge repair
Then I worked on getting some electrical power out to the old bridge I’m repairing. I needed my electric screw gun but my brother had borrowed it and I didn’t know where it was so that’s as far as I could get on that project for now. But at least the job is set up to get something done on it later when I get my screw gun.
That was my day.