Kayaking with Birds and Strawberries, Lettuce and Bread

Sunday May 24, 2015 Jenner CA.

I put in at Jenner this morning around eleven AM. Being a holiday, there were a number of boaters already on the water, but the boat ramp wasn’t too busy at least at this time.

I hung around just in front of the visitor center for awhile watching what people were doing, then I headed across to Penny Island and sat around for awhile before deciding to head up the river.

‘The wind was down with some higher fog waffling around and some clouds too. The sun did poke through enough to make it a nice day.

The tide was out, so the river water level was low exposing much mud along the river’s edges.

Here I’m headed on up the river just below otter’s log.riverview


Great blue heron fishing

Just past otter’s log, I ran into this great blue heron fishing along the shore and having some success at it too. It was catching little fish about an inch long.heron


As I neared it, it flew into the air and did it’s dinosaur like auks letting me know it was displeased with the interruption. I auked back.heronfly2


The day was looking nice as I paddled along the edge of the river just past eagle’s landing here. With the tide being low, there were a lot of rocks exposed with green mosses and grasses growing on them.russianriver



I looked up to see this osprey looking down at me.osprey3


I was on a glide toward it, so when I got too close it took off.ospreyfly


I continued on up the river taking my time and just paddling along slow like.river


Two crows

These two crows were in the trees above me making a lot of crow noises as I passed.crows2


I made it up to the Muskrat area and sat for a bit watching. I watched a lone loon paddling around and just taking it easy across the river from me, but it never got close enough for a decent picture.

This grebe with the two ducks almost got close enough for a decent picture. The ducks appear to be Surf Scoters which I’ve been seeing around for the last couple weeks or so.birds


Eventually, I started back down the river. A big bird flew over my head and as I looked up I could see it was an osprey looking for fish.osprey


Ken visits

As I was cruising along the shoreline, two boats headed my way. It turned out to be Ken with his wife and his daughter with a friend out for the day. We shot the bull for just a bit, then Ken took off to catch up with his daughter who had continued on up the river and was getting ahead. The wind had picked up to about ten miles an hour so his daughter had moved up the river quite a ways with the help of the wind.

I left Ken and shortly after that I spied this hawk sitting in some reeds along the shore. This is the second time I’ve seen this bird in this spot. It’s been hunting the marches around here for a couple weeks now.hawk


Too muddy to get berries

I was thinking of blackberries as I was getting close to Swamp Rock where I knew there were some, but with the tide low, there was more mud then I wanted to deal with, so I didn’t stop along here.jenner


Instead, I headed on in for the day and went on home for a nap.

Armstrong Valley Farm strawberries

I still had berries on my mind so I was thinking I needed to check the pipe creek crossing into my brothers garden, which seemed like as good an excuse as any to raid his strawberry patch for a few berries, which I did. :O) I checked the pipe crossing as I want to add a drain valve so the line can be flushed to clean it out and also so the water line can be drained in the winter so it won’t freeze.

The strawberry patch.strawberries


I also knew his lettuces were looking good, so I brought a bag with me to get some for salads. lettuce


I had a nice big salad for dinner today and now I’m working on making some yeast bread which is rising as I type.

That was my day for another good one.

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Turned on the New Well and Ran the Dirt Out of It

Saturday May 23, 2015 Guerneville CA.

Puttering around in the yard

Being a holiday and all, I decided to stay home today and do some puttering around in the yard.

I had one final thing to do to hook up the new well, so I did it. Time to let the water run a bit to clear any well drilling dirt out of the system. Not to waste any water, I ran a pipe into my bamboo patch. I  had some three inch drain pipe, so I ran the water into that and into the bamboo patch and turned the well on for the first time. The water was a little murky at first. Here’s twenty gallons a minute. after the water has cleared up after about an hour of pumping.watertest


Here you can see the three inch pipe running into the bamboo patch pouring out nice clean water.wellwater


I filled a glass full of water to see if there was any dirt in it. Looks clear to me, so we are good to go.water


My brother who runs Armstrong Valley Farm was glad to see the clean water as it’s all going to go to his gardens. My house is on spring water so I don’t need the water.

Covered the blueberry patch

After taking a good break, my brother suggested I use some of his ground cover material to cover my blue berries that the birds are eating green.

The material wasn’t wide enough to cover the patch so I had to lay it out and staple three strips of it together, which wasn’t much fun.

Here’s the big dress I was making, at least it sorta looks like a big dress. I just finished stapling the strips together.cover


I dragged the whole thing over my blueberry patch. It should work, if the wind doesn’t blow it off. The material is used to cover growing plants and lets the sun through, but hopefully not the birds. This is a temporary thing until I can build something more permanent and easier to deal with.covered


Maybe next year I’ll get that built? I spent the rest of the day cycling the well on and off to help clean it out.

Other then that, that’s all I did today and a whole lot of just sitting around the yard and enjoying it.

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