The River, The State Park Guys, The Train, and The Ocean

Thursday December 1, 2022 Jenner CA.

Rain stops

It rained pretty good last night and finally stopped this morning some time before I got it going.

Since it was damp out and a bit on the cool side, I didn’t have anything planned for the day, so I had to sit around a bit and think on it.

I came up with some stuff to do and had a plan to head for the river, but not to kayak, although I almost did when I saw the river.

Boat ramp

I drove on down to Monte Rio and stopped at the boat ramp to have a look at the river. It was up a couple of feet indicating the river’s mouth was closed up at the ocean where I’ll be going a bit later.ramp1



I walked down the boat ramp and this was the view looking down river. I almost put the boat in the water but I had something else I needed to do, so I didn’t.river2


Duncan’s Mills

I got back in my car and drove about five miles down to this spot they call Duncan’s Mills as that’s where Duncan used to have a saw mill in the olden days. Note the train car. This was the end of the line for the train that used to be in here until about 1935. They  had to turn the engine around on one of those things they call a turn table. I made a left turn here to do some business with the state park guys.road3


I parked in their parking lot and got out to this. Some old cars that were used on this line and are now some kind of offices for some of the state park guys.cars4


On the way to the main office, I saw this old sign for the train. It went to San Francisco and to a small town not far from here called Cazadero.sogm6


State Park guys

I’m headed to the main office for the state parks in this area.park5


This was the place I wanted. I wanted to visit with one of the head guys here and was dropping in


I was telling the lady at the front desk who I was and I wanted to see Bill when a guy named Brendon ,who works here, heard me in the back. He said Bill was in and Terry the big boss was also here, even better.

We are working with them to try and sell our family property to the state parks system.

We had a nice chat and shot the bull a bit too and had a nice visit.

Headed to the ocean

I could see the state park guys were real busy and had stuff to do so I didn’t stay too long and got back in my car and drove down the highway towards the ocean about five miles.


That’s the small town of Jenner up ahead, by the river and by the ocean. jenner7



I drove through town and to the overlook here. this is looking up the river and the ocean is off to the right.overlook8


There’s always a nice view from this spot, looking west out over the Pacific ocean.ocean9


That’s the river in front of you and  the ocean on the other side of the sandy beach, looking mostly south. You can see the river’s mouth to the ocean is closed so no water from the river is flowing into the ocean.jetty10


The old jetty where the river water usually flows into the ocean, but the sand blown up by the high winds has closed the mouth off and will cause the river to rise.mouth13


This was the view north, a bit sunnier up that a way.north11


Harbor seals

A few of the harbor seals that hang out here, resting up after a day of feeding in the ocean.seals12


Usually there are about 200 of them here when the mouth is not closed up.seals13


I headed for home stopping to visit some friends and then  headed on home.

Nice day.

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4 Responses to The River, The State Park Guys, The Train, and The Ocean

  1. Judith says:

    Looks like a lovely day!! Did I see “elevation 26′ “? So 26 feet above sea level? Hm. Well, you have some lovely property, and the state parks system might allow others to enjoy it and work to preserve it as well. Can’t think of a better alternative.

  2. Patsy+Irene says:

    I love the idea of using up the old train cars. They are always very interesting inside, my sister’s Museum refurbished one into a dining car for small events and it’s lovely. Bill and I have also eaten at one in South Dakota in the 1800’s town. Very cool.
    Your views of the river and ocean, where they meet, are lovely.
    The sign would be quite valuable, it looks ancient. :)

  3. Nancy K says:

    Wow the views. I would get absolutely nothing done because I’d be parked in my chair by the ocean. You are a lucky man!!

  4. Deb says:

    I like the old train cars and the sign, very cute. The river photos were great, I can see why wanted to put the kayak in for a while. There is something about the ocean that makes me want to head back inland. Lol.

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