Prepping the Van, Dirt Bike Ride and Old Chicken Eggs

Thursday September 24, 2020 Guerneville CA.

Prep day

Today I had some van prepping to do to get ready for a desert trip to Nevada in a couple of days.

But first I fed the chickens and checked on their water so they were happy.

Checked and aired up all the tires.

Where’s the darn grease gun

Then looked for the grease gun but just couldn’t locate it. I looked all around the place more than an hour checking places twice but it just couldn’t be located. I was wondering if my brother had borrowed it but he wasn’t around to ask. I finally settled on using another grease gun that wasn’t as good as the one I was looking for but it did the job.

Next was checking all the engine fluids, oil and water, check.

I checked out the food supply and added what I needed. Drinking water, all the water bottles are full.

Next made the bed with clean sheets.

About that time an afternoon nap was in order so I did that until I was rested and went back and did some more prep on the van just checking things out to make sure I’d have what I needed.

I got most of the van prep work done but not all. Just a few things to take care of tomorrow and I should be good to go. Mostly need to check to make sure I’ll have all the clothes I’ll need.

Dirt bike ride and strawberries

Around five I hopped on the dirt bike for a ride up into the hills around the forest fire area. I didn’t see any smoke so it seems to be mostly out and had a nice short ride stopping at the strawberry patch on the way home to eat some strawberries. The bugs have been eating the strawberries but I was able to find enough to eat.

Found the grease gun

Just as I was leaving the garden area, there was the grease gun I was looking for earlier right on the trailer where I left it when I greased the dozer during the forest fire.DSC03285


Older age stuff

I find getting older and misplacing stuff is an older age thing that can’t be avoided and just has to be dealt with. Of course if I didn’t do so many different things and need so many different things I guess I wouldn’t misplace so much so often. Such is life eh.

Just before dark I mixed up enough chicken feed for when I’m gone so my assistant Dominique can take care of them for me.

Old eggs

While I was prepping the van I found 4 dozen eggs I’d left in the fridge that was off in the van from my last trip some time ago.

What to do with them. Boil them up and feed them back to the chickens so I boiled them up and will feed them back to the chickens tomorrow.

So that was my day for a nice one.

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Shopping, Planning For a Trip and Pelicans and Harbor Seals

Wednesday September 23, 2020 Guerneville CA.

Shopping day

I needed to go shopping today to get some stuff for my upcoming trip to the desert.

So off I went to Costco around 2PM hoping they weren’t too busy at this time and they weren’t but they were repaving half of their parking lot so traffic around that was bad.

But I was able to find most of what I will need for the trip after two times around the store. The way they move stuff around sometimes makes finding what one needs difficult, not knowing if the item has just been moved or discontinued.

Anyway after taking some time to get out of their parking lot I headed over to Marty’s house to discuss our upcoming desert trip which we did.

We’ll be heading over near Dixie Valley in Nevada on Sunday.

Once back home I unloaded the stuff I bought into the old van.

And a nap was in order.

On another note

Candee a commenter who has a place at Jenner commented.

Comment: I too have never seen so my pelicans, most of them immature. Is it a seasonal thing? Also, I didn’t see the usual pile up of seals on the shore. Is this seasonal as well?

Increasing Pelicans

Well I think the pelican’s have just found a nice safe resting spot and moved on in. They have been increasing in number for the last several years.

They eat out in the ocean and seem to come into the estuary around noon time to preen and rest up and digest what they have eaten in the ocean.

It’s likely this will be a normal thing now that they’ve found the place which may or may not be seasonal depending on the fish they feed on in the ocean. Time will tell. Things do change in nature and what is normal isn’t always the case.

One thing I can see is the amount of bird poo might just change the estuary and maybe even the ocean just outside the mouth as there will certainly be a lot more nutrients in the water now with so many birds.

Where’s the harbor seals

As far as the harbor seals, yes I too have noticed the big decline in  them on the beach. Another commenter says this is a seasonal thing but I don’t completely agree with that.

It may be true that some leave this time of year but I’ve never seen this many leave from all the years I’ve been watching them. I think the total number of them is approaching 300 and now there are fewer than 50 for the first time. The numbers really deceased just after the big fires so it  might have something to do with that or maybe something else, but whatever it is, it’s not normal.

Nice day getting stuff done for the trip.

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