Friday January 20, 2017 Jenner CA.
Looks like the wind is going to be up today
The weather guys said it was going to be windy today down at Jenner.
Having nothing better to do, I headed on down that way to see for myself.
Windy and cold
I backed onto the boat ramp and got out and I could feel the cold wind coming off the ocean, so I decided to forget about kayaking today. The wind was about twenty miles an hour and cold. I can handle the wind, but not with the cold.
Jenner visitor center
I shot the bull with her for quite a spell.
Eventually some visitors came in so I left and drove to the overlook down at the mouth on highway one, just past the town of Jenner.
River’s mouth overlook
Ocean’s taking the jetty apart
I looked at the jetty to see if the big block of cement was gone yet or not. It’s moved recently from the rough ocean waves and soon will likely be gone as the ocean is slowly taking the jetty out, a little at a time.
Which brings up a point. There’s been talk about removing the jetty and letting the river do it’s natural thing, but the cost to remove it was something like five million dollars or more and doing so would likely destroy the road going down to Goat Rock from the heavy equipment needed to do the job.
But why not do it more cheaply. I have an idea to do that from thinking on the subject.
Low cost and effective jetty removal, blow it up
The ocean gives a clue. The cheapest and likely the best way to accomplish removing the jetty is to just blow it up.
That sounds rather dramatic, but if a small section was blown up at a time, there wouldn’t be much bang as if done right all the bang stays in the cement to crack it up. Once it is in smaller pieces the ocean would just take it out like it’s slowly doing now, but it would go much faster and not cost very much money. If nothing is done, the ocean will take it out slowly, maybe in a hundred years or so.
This is the best solution I can think of so far.
Monte Rio parking lot
From there I returned to Monte Rio to check out the boat ramp.
The county had some big dumpsters in the parking lot for those who got flooded to dump their stuff. It’s also available for people to just get rid of any accumulated garbage. It’s a good deal as everything that goes into the dumpsters stays out of the river.
The boat ramp is still completely under water.
The only guy fishing on the river right now
I saw Bill fishing over by the Monte Rio bridge so I went down to shoot the bull with him for a bit. He said he caught a hard head fish yesterday, but so far today nothing.
I left him hard at it and drove on home.
Getting the mail and fixing the gate
After a nap, I waited for the rain shower to let up then went over to my neighbors to get his mail. He has this big roll gate that is real hard to open so I had a look at it. I took off one of his rollers and greased it up and tried squirting some oil on the other ones. It works quite a bit better, but I’m thinking he should of put some grease fitting in it when he installed it.
I might do that if I have nothing better to do, eventually. The rollers just need to be drilled out and tapped for grease fittings. His girl friend would like that, I bet. :O)
The cat and I
Other than that, the cat and I are getting to know each other. It’s a good cat which mostly tries to be good which is rare for a cat as they usually just act like cats. :O) Last night I heard some cat screams outside the back door. Seems there’s another cat around that’s been coming into this cats territory. Seems this cat is winning as it’s not torn up or anything.
And another storm coming in
We have another rain storm coming in this weekend then we get a break. The river is getting near to flooding again, so it will depend on how big this next storm is. Nothing worse than living in a flood plane and getting flooded out more than once. No problems with flooding for me, but those that live on or near the river might get it again.
That was my day.