Time To Get Out For a Paddle On the River, Low Wind Day

Tuesday August 16, 2022 Jenner CA.

Paddle day

The wind was down today and I hadn’t been out for a paddle in quite some time, so today was the day to get on out there.

I drove on down to Jenner where the Russian River flows into the Pacific Ocean.

I put my boat in the water and started to paddle across the river to the other side to figure out which way to go today, up or down river.

Foam

As I was paddling across the river I noticed this foam in the water. It meant the ocean was going to high tide and sea water was coming into the river from the ocean. The foam floats on in from the ocean with the water.river1

 

After sitting in my boat for a bit by the shoreline I decided to head on down the river towards the ocean.

Vultures clean things up

I saw these vultures fly up from where they were doing something so I paddled on over to where they flew off from.vultures2

 

The feast

Looks like a dead brown pelican they were feasting on. Not much left of it.meat3

 

I continued on down the river headed to the river’s mouth area, just behind the great blue heron.heron4

 

On the way I passed by these brown pelicans that were bathing and preening in the river’s fresh water.pels

 

I paddled on by all these birds, mostly pelicans and gulls resting on the shoreline at the end of the island.birds7

 

I got close enough to get a few pictures of the preening pelicans.pels8

 

River’s mouth is up ahead

From there I continued my paddle down towards the river’s open mouth, up ahead a bit.river9

 

I  hung around the mouth area for an hour or so, just watching and enjoying the day.

These resting harbor seals kept an eye on me.seals10

 

I stay in the river

There were a lot of birds resting on the shore on the right of the open mouth. The ocean is on the other side of the rocks and sandy area. I stay in the river where it’s safe and I don’t get sea sick.mouth11

 

Here’s some of the birds resting on the sandy beach on the right side of the mouth.birds12

 

Nap time

Eventually I got tired and needed a nap. The ocean tends to do that to you.

So, since the tide was going high, lots of water was flowing in from the ocean, so I just paddled into the current and closed my eyes while the water took  me back up the river at a slow pace. I know better than to fall asleep in my boat as the few seconds on waking up can be a bit unsettling until you realize where you are.

Never seen that before

I drifted by these three pelicans and the one on the right seems to be showing the inside of it’s pouch or something.pelicans13

 

As I drifted up to the boat ramp area I spotted or I should say heard these two crows up in the tree looking for their next meal.crows14

 

The boat got put on the car top and I drove on home.

Headed out on the dirt bike

Once home and after a short nap I hopped on the dirt bike to ride up into the hills for a ride.

I stopped at this downed tree to remove enough of it off the road to get by and continued my ride and eventually rode on home for the day.tree15

 

Nice day.

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1 Response to Time To Get Out For a Paddle On the River, Low Wind Day

  1. Nancy K says:

    I just love all those critters. It’s something very few people get to see.

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