Paddling Around the Russian River Estuary and Checking Out the Open River’s Mouth Before It Rains

Monday November 26, 2018 Jenner CA.

Yak while I can

The weather guys say there’s some more rain coming in tomorrow so it seemed like a good day to head on down to Jenner for a yak. The weather guys also said the wind would be down today and cloudy.

I checked the chickens and gave them some feed and was on my way.

River’s mouth is open

It wasn’t long before the boat was in the water and I was paddling across he river to Penny Island looking down towards the river’s mouth area.river1


Looking down towards the mouth area I could see the river’s mouth was wide open into the Pacific ocean.mouth2


Headed up the river

Maybe I’ll paddle down to the mouth later but for now it was up river to this spot I call Muskrat looking back to the town of Jenner.river3


I sat there for a bit then crossed over the river to the other side and paddled on down looking for critters.river4


I didn’t see many critters but I did paddle by this great blue heron keeping it’s eye on me.heron5


Along Penny Island

I made it back to Penny Island and paddled down along it’s north side to the bottom end and pulled into this little spot for a break.island6


From that spot I could see out the open mouth which looked like this. Some big waves coming in off the ocean.mouth7


I decided to paddle on down into the open mouth to see what was going on. As I paddled across the river headed to the mouth the sky looked like this. A bit of sun out which is always nice.sun8


Into the river’s mouth

The river’s mouth was open real wide and it was high tide so I paddled right into the mouth and looked out at the ocean.waves9


There were some birds and harbor seals resting on the sand close by.seals10


Seagulls catch stuff

I sat in the open mouth for a bit just watching things then paddled across the river to these rocks where I spotted this gull with something.

It turned out to be it a small star fish it was trying to swallow but not having much luck.starbird11


Close by another seagull had this little crab it just caught.crab14


It took it to shore and started pulling it apart and eating it.crab13


Headed home

I sat around in that area for about a half hour then headed back to the boat ramp and loaded my boat and went on home for the day.

Grazing the chickens

I had time for a snack and a nap before I went out to let the chickens out into the yard to graze a bit.chicks


I give them about an hour out before it’s roosting time when they come in to roost for the night at which time it’s about time to go in the house for the day as dark is fast approaching.

That was my day for a nice one mostly just taking it easy.

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One Response to Paddling Around the Russian River Estuary and Checking Out the Open River’s Mouth Before It Rains

  1. Patsy Irene says:

    What a beautiful ride you had today! I love the pictures you capture, especially the heron and the gulls with their sea meals. It would be tough eating that starfish!

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