Although it was foggy inland this morning, sunny blue skies shone on Jenner this morning. About a dozen harbor seals swam in the waters between Penny Island and the mouth. Four or five of them took a keen interest in my kayak and swam over to have a close look. Two of them followed close behind me.
The tide was flooding until about half past noon. Waves from the Pacific rolled into the mouth with enough energy to gently rock my kayak. Larger waves had enough energy to create little wavelets that broke on the western shore of Penny Island.
Farther up the river, towards Eagle’s Landing, I ran into Ray who had launched about an hour before me. He’d been down to the mouth as well. We talked for a while and watched seals and a sea lion fishing in the hole across from Paddy’s Rock. A group of river otters played nearby.
About 1:00 it was time for lunch. Ray headed off towards Eagle’s Landing. I continued upriver to a shady riverside shore and enjoyed a sandwich and a thermos of hot tea.
A great blue heron sunned himself on the edge of the river by the pasture.
The river’s mouth is now just south of haystack rock. The Pacific was comparatively calm today. This photo was taken after paddling, about an hour before sunset.
It was a fine day on the river.
A map of the trip: