We launched at the Monte Rio boat ramp had a calm and uneventful paddle down the river with the usual sightings of great blue herons, kingfishers, terns, seals in the water, and one rare green heron. When we got to Willow Creek the wind had still not turned up the river. Maryly has a Scrambler, a sit-on-top kayak from the same company that made mine. We tried switching boats so she could find out if mine tracked better than hers. I was surprised to find that the seat on the Scrambler was so high that I didnít have to sit in a puddle to paddle it. My Scupper has the bottom of the seat below the water level and Iím always complaining about sitting in the water. But having a seat that low means that my center of gravity is lower and Iím that much more stable in the water.
The wind never came up this afternoon, but we took our boats out and drove down to the ocean from Willow Creek. We looked down at Russian Gulch where we might have launched and several of the beautiful coves south of there. The water looked reasonably calm and not as bad as the weather reports implied. Perhaps we should have hit the ocean instead of the river. We took a short paddle down the river from Jenner then a long walk down Goat Rock Beach. The State Parks system has finally ďre-openedĒ all the parking lots at the top of the cliff that were not actually damaged by the storms months ago. So people are walking down the road to the beach and it is not as private as it has been for the last 4 months. I went to show the road damage to Maryly, but it has actually been scraped and filled in exactly the way I thought it should be. Except they still are not allowing the public to drive on it.
When we got back in the river we could not resist paddling around Penny Island and then paddling most of the way up to Bridghaven to stop at Patty's Rock. We stopped there and climbed up to look at the goose nest I had seen there recently. The goose was no longer sitting on the nest and there were eggshells scattered about. I chose to interpret this to mean that the egg was successfully hatched. We spent too much time on the river and by the time we made it back to Jenner, packed our gear and drove south we were late for a 4th of July BBQ in Oakland. We did see the fireworks at Jack London Square, from the side of a road, looking through the trees.