Wildfires have devastated this part of Northern California, hitting neighboring towns of Santa Rosa and Glen Ellen especially hard. Choking smoke has blanketed my hometown, Sebastopol, making it hard to breathe.
To get some relief, I went out to the ocean for a short outing on my stand up paddle board. I went to Jenner at the mouth of the Russian River.
The mouth of the river has closed again, so the estuary is again a lagoon. On my way to the mouth, I saw a river otter, several harbor seals, more than a dozen brown pelicans,and hundreds of terns and gulls.
Here is a map of my short paddle.