Shopping, Van Prepping and Fixing the Car’s Noisy Exhaust

Thursday February 22, 2018 Guerneville CA.

Started off with shopping

Once I got it going I was off to do some shopping in the Santa Rosa area.

But first I stopped at the bank to get some cash.

New phone but no potatoes

My home phone has been acting weird and the number buttons were so small I could hardly see them to make a call so I bought a new one at Walmart.

I then went to Costco. One of the things I usually get is a big bag of big russet potatoes, but no more. They’ve changed to smaller organic potatoes and the guy said they won’t have any more big russets. Darn.

I wonder if they really thought this out. It’s going to be hard for people who like baked potatoes to get into the smaller organic ones. I hope they get the big russets back as I consume about one a day, sometimes two, so we’ll see.

Looking for a new floor jack

I needed a new floor jack as my old one won’t stay up anymore. I looked at several stores then went to Harbor Freight and bought this one. A bit better than my old one.jack


Fixing the car

I needed the jack to jack up my car up to find where I had a rather noisy exhaust leak. It turned out my exhaust pipe that comes off the engine was missing one of the bolts and the other one was loose. I seem to remember these were mostly stripped out when I had to unbolt the pipe last  year to install a new Oxygen sensor. I knew they weren’t very good, but I tightened them as best I could and had forgotten about them. Things come back to get you.

I was able to find the right metric bolt in my bolt supplies so I installed that and tightened the other one as best I could.

Here’s the new jack in use.carfix


I tested the car for noise and all was good.

Prepping the van

The next thing I needed to do was grease the van which I like to do before going on a long trip. That got done once I put a new tube of grease in the gun which I also bought today.

Leaking oil

I did that and while I was under there greasing away, I noticed some oil running down the back of the engine. Oh, oh.

I got some light on the subject and it looked like my valve covers were a bit on the loose side so I tightened them up and hope that fixes that.

My emergency brake on the van also needed to be adjusted so I got the tools and got under there and tightened the cable up.

Checking fluids

Checked the oil which was ok and added some more coolant to the radiator now that I’ve hopefully stopped the hose leaks at the new added cooling unit.

I just need to add water, food and clothes and the van will be ready roll.

By the time I was finished the sun had gone down and it was getting rather cool out so that was it for me today.

That was my day.

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Sea Lion Steals Steelhead and We Repair Our Water Line

Wednesday February 21, 2018 Jenner CA.

Getting a yak in

The wind was supposed to be down below ten miles an hour today at Jenner so I drove on down to get a yak in while I can.

This was my view as I crossed the river to Penny Island and headed on up stream as that’s the way I decided to go today.river1


I paddled up along the shoreline taking it easy.river4


I made it up to this spot I call Eagle’s Landing and sat for a bit in my boat.river5


Not many cormorants this year

Across from that spot is Paddy’s Rock. About a thousand cormorants usually hang out there this time of year as they seem to like eating all the hatchery fish that are released in February.  So something must be different this year as I’m only seeing small numbers of cormorants.norcors6


After a bit I started back down stream paddling by here.jenner7


Paddling down the back channel

I paddled down the islands back channel which came out here at the lower end of Penny Island.channel8


These mallard ducks were resting on the lower end of Penny Island. They had their eyes on me and got a bit nervous as I passed.mallards9


Sea lion steals steelhead

Just as I rounded the lower end of the island a big sea lion surfaced in front of me and barked then took off across the river. The next thing I see is a lot of splashing. Seems the big sea lion took a big steelhead fish from the harbor seals.

The harbor seals can’t swallow a big fish like this whole, but a sea lion can.

Here’s my best picture of the sea lion just after it swiped the fish. It’s setting the fish up to swallow it whole, head frits so no other critter gets a chance to steel it. It doesn’t take the seagulls long to come and try and get some scraps, but when a fish is swallowed whole like this there aren’t many scarps as compared to a bunch of harbor seals tearing it apart to eat it.sealionfish10


Here the sea lion is putting the fish down the hatch and that was it.fish12


Mouth is open

I veered off and headed down to the river’s mouth area which looked like this as I sat in this spot watching.mouth13



I could see some of the cormorants that are usually here to eat the small released hatchery fish, but only a few of them seem to be present right now. Could be there are no fish or there are better pickings somewhere else.cormorants13


There’s always quite a number of harbor seals resting in the area. These are resting on the right side of the open mouth.seals13


I saw a splash in front of me, but didn’t see what made the splash so I watched and this loon surfaced after a few minutes.loon15


I headed back towards the boat ramp going by these cormorants resting on the big rock.cormorants15


As I was paddling I could see this small flock of grebe, so I paddled into them as they aren’t too skittish and will tolerate me, just paddling around me to avoid me.grebe16


The boat ramp is up ahead. I pulled the boat out and drove on home.ramp17


Water line repairs

Once home I was talking with  my brother Tom and he said the water line going to our water tanks was on the ground blocking the road. So we got some stuff together and rode up to repair it. Somewhere along the route, my good linemen’s wire cutters disappeared from the front basket on the quad runner. We needed those to cut wire for the repair, so I drove back to the house looking for them, but couldn’t find them, so I got some other cutters and returned to the downed water line. Those were good cutters and I’ve had them for a long time. They should show up eventually, I hope before they get too rusty.

Tom and I tried a few things trying to get the water line back in the air and off the road, but things weren’t working out until we put things back more like they were originally.

Need to check the water lines for leaks

We got that done and then I checked the water coming down the hill from our springs and thought there should be more so I need to walk the water lines to check for leaks which I need to do before heading to Arizona, so I need to get with it.

By the time I returned home the sun was behind the hill I just came down so that was it for me today.

Tomorrow will be a shopping day as I need to get some supplies for my upcoming trip south.

That was my day.

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