It’s Raining So I Went Shopping Prepping For a Trip

Thursday January 18, 2018 Guerneville CA.


Yes, that’s what it was doing as I got it going today, so what  to do?

The decision was made to go over to  the shopping area and do some shopping, so off I went.

Trying to get the leak fixed

But first I checked on our renters to see about fixing the leaky faucet, but no one was home again, so I continued on to Santa Rosa to Costco. I needed to get some stuff for my upcoming trip up to Port Orford, Oregon in a week or so.

And some hardware

I finished my shopping there and then went over to the hardware store to get some more bolts for my van’s cycle carrier project. I needed five and a half inch long, but they only had five and six inch long, either way those two would cause some problems, either too long or too short, but it’s what they had, so I bought the six inch and some washers so it should work out.

Wagging tails

It was raining lightly  now, so that was enough shopping. I drove on over to Joe’s house to visit some, but he wasn’t home, but his dogs were. They greeted me with wagging tails, which is good as they are pit bulls.

I finally catch her home

I continued on home, but before I went to the house I went over to the renters again and finally found the lady home. She showed me the leaky washing machine faucet that appeared to be a stem washer leaking that was tightened down all the way, so it needs a new one.

But I didn’t fix it

The lady was on her way to work, so nothing I could do yet. I’ll need to come back and take the valves apart to see what size washers I need to repair them. As long as I’m doing one I might as well do the other one as they are both just as old.

Cold room working ok

I drove the short distance to my house and unloaded all  my groceries, then went over to get my brother’s mail and check on his cold room which seems to be working ok. It was icing up his cooler the other day, so needed some attention.

It was still drizzling at my house and almost dark anyway so I didn’t get anything else done. I figured I might as well shop while it’s raining so I can play when it’s not.

That was my day.

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Joined Ray On a Yak and the Day Turned Out Nice

Wednesday January 17, 2018 Jenner CA.

Late start today

I got it going late this  morning. I got an email from Ray saying he’d be down kayaking so I got a late start and headed on down to Jenner.

I put my boat in the water.

I could see Ray in his boat paddling up the back side of the island so I headed that way and cut him off at the top end of the island.

We shot the bull and headed slowly up river to Eagle’s Landing and sat around for a bit before turning back down the river.

Water level is up

The estuary’s water level was up indicating the River’s mouth  might be closed.

Here we are coming back to the upper end of Penny Island.island3


Since Ray got an earlier start than I did, he headed on in and I continued on down along Penny Island.

Here is where Ray and I split.ray4


I’m paddling down along Penny Island and plan to paddle onto the flooded island when I get to it’s lower end, just up ahead.isald5


Paddling onto the island

Here I’m paddling into the flooded island.island6


And here I’m looking down towards the river’s mouth across the flooded island. The pipes are old sign posts. Corrosion and wind have long since taken the signs away. The seagulls are flying around down by the mouth.pipes7


On the way paddling back out off the island I went by this big redwood stump. The wind was settling down nicely by now.stump8


I started across the river headed to the river’s mouth area which looked like this. Lots of seagulls down that way.birds9


John has more woes than usual

As I was passing John’s house he came out to talk. John was rather upset and not in a good mood today. His landlord said he has to move. He’d been there 27 years and was now in no shape physically to move so he was in a squander. He’s been in bad health and doesn’t know how he can move even if he could find a place. I mostly listened. You could tell he was upset and wasn’t thinking straight about what to do, but I could be of no help except to listen.john11


Looked like the mouth was still open

As I talked with him I was watching the mouth area across from us. It looked like the mouth was still open a little.mouth14


I left and paddled on over to the mouth area to have a closer look.mouth13


Mouth is open mostly

Yes water was flowing out into the ocean through this broken part of the old jetty.mouth16


There were quite a few harbor seals resting on the beach. Here’s a few of them.seals17


Spooked seagulls

I watched at the mouth for a bit then started back up the river. Something spooked all the seagulls into the air.seagulls15


I could see John picking up trash along the beach as I passed on by. The guys almost dead, but still likes to keep things clean.john18


Waiting for the boat ramp to clear

I continued on up along Penny Island and headed on in for the day going by these golden eyed ducks. Some mist was starting to form, but the day was still nice. I had to wait for that pontoon boat to be taken out of the water before I cold use the boat ramp, so I just waited here until it pulled away.ducks19


I put the boat on the car and drove on home for the day. It was after five so that was about it for me today.

Nice day.

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