Tuesday June 21, 2016 Jenner CA.
Looking like a nice day
I put in at Jenner today with the sun out and the wind down. I paddled across to the little channel on the upper end of Penny Island and sat around there for a bit deciding which way to go today.
After awhile I decided to paddle up to Willow Creek as with the mouth closed the estuary water level is high enough for me to paddle into the creek a quarter mile or so.
This female mallard with her one, half grown little one caught my attention as I paddled by. They sure blend in, but not good enough as there were three, then two and now only one little one left. Life is hard in the estuary. Everything seems to want to eat every thing else.
The estuary seems peaceful, but in reality, it’s not.
The biologists were across the river working their nets again today as you can see in the above picture.
They were just past the Willow creek entrance so I left them at it and entered the creek here. The entrance blends in quite well and is easy to miss if you don’t know it’s there. It’s just to the left of the reeds.
Stuck in the moss
I tried to paddle through the moss right before the bridge, but it was so thick I got stuck in it. The moss tried to grab my paddle as I tried to get out of it. It was a lot of work, but I extracted myself from it and went around the moss as best I could.
I sat in the creek area for a half hour or so then paddled back out on the river and headed down the south shoreline stopping along the way.
I continued on down the river at a slow pace.
I didn’t see this harbor seal on the same log until I was pretty close to it as they blend in real well and can look just like the log they are laying on, even putting out their flippers and tail to look like one of those old limbs sticking up you see there. This is one of my buddies from up river so it just looked at me as I passed.
I headed on in to the boat ramp and put my boat on the car.
Some car trouble
For some reason every time I tried to run my car up the boat ramp, I had no power and would slide back almost into the water. About that time the Biologists pulled up in their boats and asked if I needed any help. I said maybe, but I let it warm up a bit more and tried it again and the power was back.
I don’t know what caused that? I’ll keep an eye on that and see if it happens any more.
I went on home and just sat around the yard for the rest of the day just enjoying the passage of time.