Quick Trip to Jenner: Russian River Lagoon

The mouth of the Russian River is closed, sealed shut by a sandbar. Waters in the lagoon have risen to about 6 feet at the visitors center launch area.

Most of the Harbor Seals have left. Only a few remain near the mouth. In their place are hundreds of migrating Brown Pelicans and Gulls.


Waves crashed against the rocks near the jetty. Some of the bigger waves shot grand plumes of spray into the air.

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Signs posted on the shores around Penny Island asked the public NOT to remove trash or debris from the shore.


As a retired educator I complied with the request stated on the sign.


This zori was a few feet from the sign. I left it there.

It was surprisingly hard to leave the trash where it was. Picking up trash in the river is sort of habit forming.

Coffee with Richard and Darris

Yesterday it rained.

Instead of going out for a cold and rainy paddle, bike or hike, I opted to meet friends Richard and Darris for a warm cup of coffee in a cozy independent coffeehouse in Bodega Bay.

For almost four hours we swapped stories about our enjoyment of the California coast, our appreciation for the way it contributes to our health and well-being, and our efforts to give something back.

Richard told of other people who share these thoughts and feelings and who are doing similar things to take care of the sea. From time to time in coming posts, you’ll learn of a few of these people.

Today: Richard and Judith Lang from Forest Knolls in Marin County, artists who regularly pick up trash that has washed up on Kehoe Beach at Point Reyes National Seashore. They sort the trash they collect and use it as materials to make art.

Here’s an inspiring video about making a sculpture called “The Ghost Below” for the California Marine Mammal Center.

Here’s another video about their work.

One Plastic Beach from High Beam Media on Vimeo.

Link to the Lang’s website.

Their work is inspiring.