Paddling Down From Monte Rio with the Birds and Some Rain

Saturday February 28, 2015 Monte Rio CA.

It was supposed to rain a bit today, but not until the afternoon. I decided to go on down to Monte Rio to kayak for the day as I saw the boat ramp mud was moved back when I looked the other day.

The sun was out with blue sky as I put my boat in the water, while trying to stay out of the mud that was left on the ramp.

Being Monte Rio, some mallard ducks joined me just as I left the boat ramp.mallard

 

I headed on down the river and stopped at the slot where there were three boats of fishermen fishing for steelhead.fishermen

 

Catching any smolt?

I asked if they were catching any of the small fish that they release from the hatchery this time of year. They said they were and they also thought they had released a lot of larger fish this year, in the sixteen inch size or so. I thought this would be good as they would be too large for the cormorants to eat easily down in the estuary at Jenner.

As it was, I saw at least 25 of these larger fish jump on my trip today all along the river and a lot of the smaller smolt too. A smolt is what the biologists call a fish that is old enough to live in the saltwater of  the ocean.

I moved on down the river which was looking like a real nice day.russianriver

 

As you can see in the above photo, I was paddling down the middle of the river when I realized I should be over on one of it’s edges to see more wildlife.

Turtles

As I looked over to the edge where I should be, I saw these two turtles on the log getting some sun.turtles

 

I pulled into the Villa Grande hole area where I could hear the ospreys chirping up in the air.

This one flew off the close by nest and landed in this big redwood tree.osprey

 

It’s mate was still up in this nest. It seems the osprey have just recently come back for the year to start their nesting, which they do about this time of year.nest

 

The wind picks up

As I rounded the corner at Villa Grande, I paddled into some stronger winds that had picked up. I paddled on down to the Sheridan beach where I was thinking of stopping for the day, but continued on down to this spot where I stopped out of the wind and in the sun.restspot

 

The wind wasn’t really that bad, but I was feeling lazy today. However, I was thinking that if I went on down to Moscow hole at Rein’s beach there might not be much wind there and there wasn’t.

Here, I’m just coming around the Rein’s beach corner and some nice looking clouds are starting to show up.rein

 

Wood ducks

I saw some movement under some trees on the edge of the river so went over to check out what it was and it turned out to be these two wood ducks.woodducks

 

I pulled into this spot in the middle of the river, just below Rein’s beach looking back up the river. That’s Rein’s beach to the left.clouds

 

Building clouds

I just sat there enjoying the river and watching the clouds, which seemed to be building.

I decided this was far enough down the river for the day, so after a good long break at the above spot, I started back up the river and ran into this kingfisher, which sat long enough for me to get a picture.kingfisher

 

With all the clouds in the sky now, the river was real scenic, as I’m just leaving the Rein’s beach area going up the river.cloud

 

The rain started

I paddled back up to the Villa Grande beach and was just sitting there when it started to sprinkle. Light at first, but it started to get heavier, so I pulled under some tree branches. The rain got harder and even heavy, but it looked like it was just going to shower, so I stayed under the tree branches for about fifteen minutes until it stopped. I had my rain jacket on so was mostly in good shape.

The sun was still out, but it was raining in this picture at the Villa Grande hole.rain

 

These guys fishing in the boat got caught in the rain and were heading back in for the day up the river. They all had rain gear so were doing ok.fishing

 

Once most of the showers stopped, I continued on up the river and ran into this fishing great blue heron, just down from the slot where there were some fishermen.heron

 

Talked with the fishermen again

I stopped to talk with the fishermen some more. I had to give them my report of what I saw down stream.  They hadn’t done well today, but said fishing had been good the other day and there were fish in the river.

I paddled around them and was headed for the ramp when I spied this green heron up in  a tree keeping an eye on me.greenheron

 

When I got to the boat ramp there were a couple of boats pulling out which I had to wait for, but they were quick at getting their boats off the water as most of the experienced fishermen are.

I went on home and as usual hit the couch for a nap. Nice day.

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Shopping, Visiting and Talking with the Well Guy

Friday February 27, 2015 Guerneville CA.

I decided this would be a good day to do some shopping in Santa Rosa so headed that way when I got it going this morning, about 10:30. On the way, I would pass by the well drillers place, so I stopped in there hoping I would catch the guy in his office and  try to find out when they would  be drilling a water well for my bother and I.

I found him in his pajamas. He’d just got out of the hospital and was recovering and had come to the office from his house which was out back. I was lucky to catch him in.

He’s an old timer about my age from this area so we shoot the bull a lot. I needed to know when he would be drilling our new well, as I’m not able to do any planning until I know what’s going on and am trying to squeak a trip in to Arizona.

He walked up to his planning wall which was full of about fifty cards, pulled mine out of the middle of them all and put it on the driller’s desk and said, putting the card on the driller’s desk, means you’re next. So next Thursday or sometime during the week after, they should be here to start the project. It pays to stop in and shoot the bull sometimes. :O)

From there I headed on over to another  lady friends house and she wasn’t home, but as I was leaving she pulled in, so I turned around and we had a nice talk for a couple hours or so.

Time to get down to some shopping so I headed to Wally’s and bought a new microwave as the one I had was basically corned, which is not good for me since I’m allergic to the stuff. I accidently burned up a bag of pop corn several years ago before I knew I didn’t get along with corn and the corn smell is still evident when cooking things in the oven, so I thought I better replace it, just to be on the safe side.

As it turns out, John the trash picker upper guy in Jenner was saying he needed to buy a new microwave oven, so this one will go to him.

Then I went over to the hardware store that has everything and found some two inch PVC pipe insulation to fix the broken water main pipe that crosses the creek that got washed out awhile ago in a big rain storm.  So now, I can fix the temporary repair when I get time.

Now, I had to cross over to the busier part of town to get a new front axle for my car as the rubber boat has cracked. As I was pulling into the place, I could see a bunch of red flashing lights just up the road and traffic was just starting to back up. I made it to the store just in time and got out of the store and looked at the road and it was mostly stopped up with cars, but not if I went the other way, which I did. Now that I have the new axle, it’s another project to get done, when I make some time.

I had more shopping to do, but since I spent so much time during the day shooting the bull, I mean visiting, it was almost five PM, so I called it a day and the other stuff can wait.

I find as I get older, I’m not liking to shop in these busy places, but it has to be done.

Of course when I got home, I hit the couch for a much needed nap. :O)

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