Enjoying Time at Marty’s Cabin Near Boonville CA.

Monday and Tuesday September 29 and 30 Boonville CA.

Talking with the well driller guy

First off  Monday morning the water well driller came by and my brother Tom and I talked to him about putting a new water well on the property, as my brother could use a more reliable source of water for his vegetable garden.

They will likely come out in December or so this winter to drill it.

I hopped in my van and headed out for Boonville as soon as he left.

Headed to Boonville

On the way to Boonville, there were several places they were working on the highway, replacing old culverts.

They were just setting up at this one and I thought I might have to wait a couple hours while they cut the old culvert out, but, luckily, they checked it out, then moved and let traffic by, but I bet the next guys had to wait quite awhile.roadwork


Marty’s cabin

I drove up the hill and through the locked gate to Marty’s cabin where Marty and Patti were taking it easy when I arrived.

We sat around for a bit, then Marty and I drove his van up to the Bear spring to check it out to see if we could tap some water there. We found some water in some big ferns that at least looked promising, which we would come back to, tomorrow and dig on a bit.

This is Marty’s cabin as we returned from the spring.cabin


Cooking dinner

I was designated to cook dinner if I wanted a corn less one, so I made up some noodles from scratch, cutting them small.

Cutting up the noodle dough.noodles


I ended up with quite a few noodles.noodle


I  made a chicken chow mien and a chicken and broccoli dish that went over well with my dinner guests.dinner



We took our time getting up this morning and went we did get up, we sat around in the sun for a bit.

Digging for water at Bear springs

Then Marty and I walked up to Bear Spring where we did some digging on the spring for most of the afternoon. There’s a little water, but not much yet, so we will continue to dig on the spring from time to time to see if we can get more water.

Marty went on down the hill and I took a little walk up the hill above where we were digging to check the area out.

This is spring area where we were digging.forest


And this was what it looked like were I looked around a bit above the spot were we were digging.forest2


After looking around a bit, I headed on down the road towards the cabin. I stopped at Marty’s new beach by the new spring barrel and had a nice little break. He’s been putting out benches around the property here and there so he has places to sit down to rest while out walking and I took advantage of this one.bench

I walked down this road back to the cabin, a nice little walk.road


I found Marty and Patti sitting outside enjoying the day as I arrived back at the cabin and joined them.

After a bit, the sun started down so we went into the cabin.

Eventually, we heard the pileated wood picker outside at the little waterfall Marty made. Seems it likes to come by for a drink in the afternoon. It’s a rather large bird, about the size of a small duck and also sorta resembles a road runner looking at it closely.piliatrdwoodpicker


We finished up the day with a steak and potato dinner and that about wraps it up for now.

I will try to post this in Fort Bragg tomorrow when I go there to kayak the Noyo river for the day.

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Paddling Around Jenner Watching a Chopper Rescue and Trying to Stay Awake

Sunday September 28, 2014 Jenner CA.

I hung around the house for a bit this morning, because it was Sunday and I expected a lot of people down at Jenner, so I was waiting a bit for them to leave and was down there about twelve thirty.

Real tired out

For some reason today, I was real tired out. I paddled over to Penny Island and sat and rested up, then went a couple hundred yards and did the same thing. I just couldn’t seem to get it going. I was slowly, and I mean slowly working my way down to the river’s mouth area. On the west end of Penny Island, I saw this great blue heron land on this old redwood log.heron2


I made it to the west end of the island and had another rest here. While there, a chopper flew by slowly and all around Jenner. I didn’t know it at the time, but I think he was setting up a rescue.chopper


I paddled out a ways from that point and saw these people over on the ocean shore having a good time, blowing big bubbles and partying.party


I continued on down the the mouth area at my very slow pace. It was turning into a nice day and the sun was coming out.scene


I passed this brown pelican having a bit of a bath.pelicanbath


Just past that pelican, I ran into another one out in the water.pelican


Thanks John for all your good work

John, the trash picker upper came by in his kayak and we shoot the bull for a bit before he continued on with his trash duties. John picks up lots of trash around Jenner, almost everyday and really helps keep Jenner and the State Park system here clean.

There were lots of birds flying around the mouth area as I approached, mostly seagulls.rivermouth


Some people just don’t know any better

There was a guy with his two kids playing tag with the waves on the jetty, which didn’t seem like a good idea to me, as I know what can happen when a sleeper wave comes in and washes over the jetty. I noticed the people on the ground, but didn’t understand just what they were doing there, until a bit later.jetty


What were the tree people on the ground doing?

The guy with the two little kids just had a good laugh as this wave washed over and I started to pay more attention to the three people on the ground.jetty2


I could see a lady laying on the ground, but at first I just thought she was looking for something, but maybe not. Also a nice shot of the end of the jetty breaking up. I expect those pieces on the end to go this winter.ouch


The rescue

Eventually, two park trucks showed up. Something was up.rescue


The park guys carried a stretcher down the jetty to where the people were, putting themselves in the bad spot.rescue2


They started helping the lady on the ground.helparrives


Another chopper approaches

I heard a chopper coming and it was going to land. All the birds jumped into the air as it landed not far from the lady that needed help. I wasn’t sure what kind of help the lady needed as she seemed to have gotten hurt before I arrived.chopperdown


The chopper guys came over to help out.morehelp


They helped the lady to the chopper. It looks like she did something to her leg or foot? Maybe she was up on the jetty and a big wave got her? It’s more dangerous than most people realize. It’s signed, but people either don’t read the sign, or just think things are calmer than they look. This area is know for it’s big sleeper waves.headedout


Chopper takes off, but lands again

They loaded the lady into the chopper and took off and landed a short ways away above goat rock, which is just south of this spot.rescue3


I started back in for the day, just as the chopper lifted off and saw it land again.

Looks to me like they are going to transfer the lady to a ground vehicle.rescue4


Because of the chopper, most of the seagulls moved out to the front of Penny island and this is what it looked like as I headed on back for the day.jenner


I checked the estuary water level gauge at the visitor center. Just below six feet. It’s rising slowly. Remember, they are dropping the two summer dams in the Guerneville area.gage


A long nap was needed and I loaded my van

I went on home and took a long nap as I was still tired out today for some reason.

So I napped and started loading my van for a few days at Marty’s cabin near Boonville, CA.

I’m leaving tomorrow morning, right after my brother and I talk with a well driller guy about drilling a well.

I likely won’t post for a few days, until I get up to Fort Bragg, CA., where I’ll be kayaking the Noyo River for the day.

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