A Bit Slow Today, Some Shopping and Checking On the Water Springs

Friday December 19, 2014 Guerneville CA.

I wasn’t feeling too hot last night and this morning when I woke up, my head was a bit stuffed up and I wasn’t feeling up to par. I could hear it raining which I thought it was going to do all throughout the day.

But as I got up, the rain stopped and it looked like it was going to be a nice day. However, I still didn’t feel like doing much so I sat around the house.

Around two PM, I was thinking I felt well enough to go to town and get some groceries. About that time my phone rings and it is my brother Tom saying he’s at the water tanks and they only have three feet of water in them.

Ok, just turn the right side springs into the tank, using the valves above the tanks. I had the right side springs just dumping on the ground to let them clean out from the storms and now was a good time to put them into the tanks. I’ll have to check on that later.

Checking out the water springs

I went to town and got some things to eat, then came home and jumped on my quad runner to go up in the hills and see what the water springs were doing after all the rain storms we’ve had.

I rode up this road through the forest.forestroad

 

This is the place the right springs come from. They looked like they were all working well with lots of water from the rains. I disconnect one se of springs here that I thought might be on the muddy side during rains and continued on up to the main spring area.spring

 

Some trees on the road

Of course there was some trees blocking the road in several places, but I was able to detour around most of them.

This tree is across the road and blocking it.tree

 

Main spring area

I arrived at the main spring area and checked it out. I had to walk up a little gully to get to it.

I’ve not put most of this water into the tanks as it can run a bit muddy during big storms, so I let it flow freely down the gully. Things looked alright here.water

 

I continued up the hill from that spot to our main spring which is in these big ferns.mainspring

 

The main spring flow was a bit on the weak side.

I went back down the hill to our water tanks to check the flow of water down the hill through the pipelines that feed the water tanks.

I had to walk up this gully to get to the water valves to check the water flow coming down the pipes.gully

 

Sure enough the left side which is the main spring was weak and not dumping much water into the tanks. But the right side was running full bore, so with both of them running into our tanks we should have plenty of water.

I thought I better go over and check out our temporary water crossing at the creek that washed out during the last big rain storm.

Things looked good here, no leaks.creekcrossing

 

The water situation seems to be under control, so I went on home and hit the couch.

Early to bed tonight.

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Playing in the Mud or Treasure Hunting and Paddling Around the Estuary

Thursday December 18, 2014 Jenner CA.

Ray was at the boat ramp at Jenner when I pulled in today. We decided to head on down and check out the river’s mouth area, so off we went.

It was a bit overcast and a bit windy as we pushed off.clouds

 

The wind slowed up a bit as we approached the mouth area.

There were some harbor seals resting on the sandy beach as we passed on by.seals

 

We passed by this huge mound of sand the ocean had piled up on the breach. It’s amazing how much sand the ocean pushes around in this area.sand

 

Some Brown Pelicans flew in and landed in the water near us and started bathing and preening.pelican

 

The current was picking up as we approached the open mouth, so we didn’t get too close.

Looking out the open river’s mouth into the Pacific ocean.mouth

 

We stayed in the area for just a bit as the current made it hard to stay in one place for long.

Taking salt content measurements in the sand

Ray spotted these biologist types on the sand. I think they were taking salt content measurements in the sand. They had bored holes in the sand last summer which they would have to find and dig up to lower their measurement gear into the holes to take measurements. One guy has a spool of wire with the test equipment on the end , the guy in the middle.biologists

 

Hunting for treasures

Ray and I decided to go ashore just past them on our way back up the river. We stopped here and looked through the debrie for treasures, not finding anything worth keeping. The shoreline has a bunch of mud on it which is hard to stay out of.boats2

 

When we put the boats back in the water we ran into these two ducks. There seems to be quite a few ducks on the water right now of different types.ducks

 

Treasure hunting on Penny Island

We decided to go ashore on Penny Island and look around a bit. We pulled our boats into this spot. There’s quite a bit of mud in the grasses from the recent high water, so we got a bit muddy. We went ashore here, but the boats are hard to see in the photo.island

 

Inside the box of balls

I wanted to see what was inside the ball box we found the other day, so we opened it and this is what’s left inside.ballbox

 

We went for a little walk across the island looking around and found this nice wooden chair placed at a convenient spot on the island by the high waters. I may get to use that chair a few times before the water takes it back.islandchair

 

We saw these two deer that seem to live on the island.deer

 

I did good and didn’t pick up any treasures, but Ray found a nice duck decoy and a full bottle of expensive sun lotion of some kind.ducky

 

It was starting to look like it might shower as we put our boats back in the water and headed up the island back channel. We paddled up the river just a short distance past Penny island and then turned down river into the current and drifted back to the boat ramp. It started to sprinkle lightly as we took our boats out for the day and went on home.

Nice day playing in the mud and paddling around the estuary.

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