Welding Up Garden Enclosures and An Unexpected Motorcycle Ride

Thursday April 19, 2018 Guerneville CA.

Starting off the day working away

I needed to finish up the painting on my new fence so I attached my new can holder to the can and got it done. Here’s the can with the holder mounted. This device safes your thumb and index finger from being real sore if you do much painting.canholder2

 

Cutting and welding rebar

Next I got out my power hand saw and started cutting up rebar to make the pieces to make some garden enclosures and my chicken runs.cutmetal

 

I just got stated welding one of the sides up for an enclosure when I heard a motorcycle come into the yard.weld3

 

His chain came off

It turned out to be my brother Barry. He said his chain came off up in the hills and he didn’t have any tools, but he got it back on and came down to adjust it which he is doing here.cycle4

 

Might as well go for a ride

At this point I was sitting around supervising and when he was almost finished I realized I could go on a ride, so I said I’d go with him back up in the hills if he didn’t go in any real steep stuff, so off we went for a couple hours of riding.

I rode my brother Mikes bike to help him keep the battery charged up. We had a nice ride and we mostly stayed out of the steep stuff, but not completely. At the end he asks me if I want to go down this trail I know is real steep at the bottom and I say no, so he says if we take this road we can come out in the middle and go up along the property line and I wouldn’t have to deal with that steep part at the bottom, so I say ok, let’s go and off we went, me following him.

That was quite a ride

Well, that road was just about as steep as the piece on the bottom. I kept the throttle on as much as I could and still stay on the road and bounced from one side to the other a bunch of times, but I made it to the top without falling over. Barry was at the top with a big smile on his face.

The bike performed well, except it has too  much air in the tires and they tend to ride out on you so you have to watch it. Next time I will lower the tire pressure before I go. They seem to perform best around 2 and a half PSI, but the other guys seem to think they need more air so they kept putting more in and wonder why the bike gets squirrelly.

Headed on home

We headed on home from there and I was pretty beat from the ride so I had a rest for a bit.

I wasn’t feeling like working on the enclosures much, so I did some chair hopping.

Got back to work

But finally I got into the work again and completed welding up this one and got another one almost done.side

I worked until almost dark then sat around for a bit enjoying the evening.

And that was my day.

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A Nice Paddle at Jenner and I Transplant a Grape Plant I Started Last Year

Wednesday April 18, 2018 Jenner CA.

Kayaking around Jenner

I headed on down to Jenner again today to do some more kayaking.

It was a bit overcast but the wind was down as I paddled across to Penny Island and decided to head down towards the river’s mouth area to check out the new harbor seal pups.river1

 

Big Splashes

On the way over to the mouth area, I ran into some big splashes that turned out to be harbor seals frolicking in the water.splash3

 

Lots of harbor seals on the beaches

I’m paddling down this way where I see a lot of harbor seals resting on the sandy beaches up ahead.mouth4

 

This years seal pups

There’s a couple fresh pups in this group.seal5

 

Up ahead I see lots more seals as I approach the mouth area.seals7

 

River’s mouth area

Here’s some of them checking me out.seals6

 

The white one in the middle is a new pup. They are often times born white but soon turn to whatever color they are going to be.seal8

 

River’s end

I continued paddling past the open mouth to the end of the river where I sat for a bit. These seals came over to check me out.seals8

 

Eventually I paddled out of that area going by these birds, some seagulls and some terns.birds10

 

I saw this crow over on shore as it came down to the river’s edge to get a drink of water.crow11

 

And I went by this merganser duck pair, the female is out in front.ducks12

 

Paddling up the river a bit

I paddled up past Penny Island and stopped in this spot for a rest before continuing on up along here.river13

 

Flowery bush

Eventually I made it up to Muskrat where there is this nice green grass. I noticed the bush with white flowers which turned out to be an elder berry bush.elderberry15

 

After a good break by the elder berry bush I started back down the river stopping here and there. Here’s one of the spots I stopped at.hill16

 

Not into shopping, but

From there I made it in to the boat ramp and headed on home. I was thinking of stopping in town to shop some, but I wasn’t really into it. But when I got back to Guerneville I was getting hungry so I thought it would be a good idea to shop for some food which I did and went home and put the stuff away.

Then a nap and eventually I went outside to do some puttering in the yard.

Transplanting my grape plant

I dug up the new grape plant I wanted to transplant to the edge of my not built yet chicken run so it will get a good start there.

Here’s the new grape plant I planted.grape

 

I spent the rest of the day chair hopping around the yard and that was my day for a good one.

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