No Work Today, Gone Paddling On the River

Monday January 30, 2023 Monte Rio CA.

Paddle day

I needed to give my body a break from all the work in the forest. I was off to Monte Rio for a paddle in my kayak. It’s steelhead fishing season so I thought I’d see what the fishermen were doing.

I parked at the boat ramp and put my boat in the water. I was surprised to see the river was still a bit muddy after seeing it muddy about a week ago when I was down  here. You can see behind the car, the water is starting to clear. Fishermen like to mostly fish when the water is clear.ramp1

 

I got the boat in the water and the car parked and headed down stream to a real nice day. I could see a boat in the Slot, just down river from me so at least there is one fishermen out fishing.river2

 

I stopped to shoot the bull a bit with Joe and his dogs before drifting on down past him. Joe said he had no  bites but he saw some seals earlier so seals means there are big spawning fish in  the river.boat4

 

There was enough current to just drift down the river. I’m headed down river about a  mile, as far as you can see.river5

 

Up ahead is called Villa Grande where I will stop and sit and watch for a bit before starting my paddle back up the river.river6

 

These friendly ducks joined me for a bit as I went on by.ducks7

 

And this great blue heron was fishing along the shoreline.heron8

 

I stopped here and sat for a bit with these ducks.ducks9

 

Villa Grande Hole

And eventually made it down to Villa Grande where I sat and watched. Another fishing boat came by headed up the river with their motor.boat10

 

After a good while I started my paddle back up the river against the current.

This guy is catching fish

I spotted some movement across the river and spotted this King Fisher. They usually move just as you try to get their picture, but today, this bird stayed long enough for a picture. It was catching small fish along the shoreline.fisher12

 

I passed these two guys drifting down river and I got a, hi Bob from them. We were in the current so we couldn’t stop for a chat.fishermen12

 

I made it back up to where I saw the first boat, Joe and his dogs and chatted for a bit. One of his dogs is intent on something  there. It’s watching the fishing line bob in the water.dogdy13

 

Strong current

Just above Joe, the current gets strong so I stopped for a break here before pushing up through the current as I had to work a bit.river14

 

Boat ramp

As I was working to get through the stronger current Joe passed me using his motor and beat me to the boat ramp so I sat in the boat while he got loaded up and then I got my boat  loaded on my car.ramp15

 

Nice day.

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Forest Work and An Oil Change For My Car

Sunday January 29, 2023 Guerneville CA.

Forest work

First thing, I rode on up to the trail I was working on in the forest. Realizing on the way up, I”d forgotten my camera.

Bit of rain

I was working away, when it started to rain lightly. My weather guy didn’t say anything about that and I hoped it was just a light shower, which it mostly was.

I worked a good long day on the trail, quitting at 4:30 PM when I rode on home for the day and a nap.

Oil change

I hadn’t planned on it and was gong to do it another day. But I got started on changing the oil in my car. I figured I had just about enough time to do it, before it got dark out.oil

 

It was starting to get dark about the time I added new oil to the car’s engine. Good to get that done.oiled

 

Nice day.

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