With the River’s Mouth Closed the River Is Like a Lake At Monte Rio

Thursday October 22, 2020 Guerneville CA.

Kayak day

The best way to avoid work around the place is to go down to the river and go kayaking for the day. Since it was such a nice Fall day off I went around noon to Monte Rio boat ramp to put my boat in the river at the boat ramp.

Closed mouth makes it nice

With the river’s mouth still closed down at the ocean the water level here in Monte Rio is high so it’s like a lake and easy to paddle on up the river going under this bridge. I’ll be paddling up to the summer dam and bridge crossing just below Guernewood Park as that’s about how far the river gets backed up from the  mouth closure.bridge1

 

Reflections

There’s not usually much wind up in this area especially this time of year so one gets some nice reflections.river2

 

I think I saw more mallard ducks along the way than any other critters.ducks3

 

A merganser and a pair of mallard ducks resting on this log. They are wild but fairly trusting in this area.ducks4

 

I continued up the river about a mile here moving along slowly enjoying the day.river5

 

Hawk ahead

Just up ahead I saw a hawk land in the tree on the right so I slowly worked my way up to it and it didn’t fly off.river6

 

It looks like it might be a red shouldered hawk just sitting around.hawk7

 

Summer bridge

I made my way up to the summer bridge crossing. The dam that was there is out for the year as winter is coming.dam8

 

I paddled on under the bridge.bridge9

 

Turn around point

And pulled in behind this cone. When something breaks the water like the cone is or a rock, it sucks the boat right up to it and holds it there so it’s a good place to stop for a rest and look around. This is as far as I’m going today, maybe a mile and a half or so up the river from Monte Rio.river10

 

Eventually I started my slow trek back down the river going by these mallard ducks feeding in the weeds. It seems you can get closer to wildlife around Monte Rio than anyplace else I’ve been.ducks11

 

Suns going down

By the time I got back to the Monte Rio bridge the sun was just about to go behind the mountain.bridge12

 

I went under the bridge and on down toward the boat ramp.river13

 

The boat ramp was on the right here so I headed on in for the day and put my boat on the car.river14

 

I drove on home and was hungry so got something to eat and had a bit of a nap.

Once rested up I went out and chair hopped and enjoyed the rest of the day with the chickens.

Nice day.

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Good Time to Walk In the Forest

Wednesday October 21, 2020 Guerneville CA.

Dirt bike ride and a walk

I was feeling much better today than yesterday and had planned to go do some shopping. But the day was so nice I canceled the shopping as what I needed could wait.

So what to do today? I thought of going for an evening paddle down at Jenner around 5 and sorta planned for that.

So I chair hopped and enjoyed the day for awhile soaking up some sun.

Headed to the forest

Around 2 or so I thought a walk in the hills would be good so I rode the dirt bike up to a place I wanted to check out, parked here and walked on down that road in front of the bike.biketrail

 

Old road

It was a nice old road that I’d dozed off for a fire break during the recent forest fire.road

 

The road continued on as the trees shaded it from the sun. It soon ended and I continued on through the forest to see where it had stopped in relation to where I would come out at the bottom.road3

 

I eventually came out here at the bottom on this road. So now I needed to hike back up the hill as that’s where the dirt bike was.trail4

 

I put a flag here and there to mark where I’d been otherwise lots of the forest looks alike. I’m not concerned about getting lost in this forest as I know a lot of it from living here most of my life. flag

 

I walked up this old road on the way back to the dirt bike.trailup

 

Riding around the forest

Well that was enough exercise walking and I now had some time to go for a dirt bike ride which I did riding around the forest.

I stopped here at this spot, a tight spot that makes the road unsafe in an emergency as a big fire truck or something might not be able to get through the old redwood trees here as they are too close together for big stuff.trees

 

Plans change

I had stopped to make some plans about what to do about this problem and I made some plans but when I viewed this picture I  realized something about these redwood trees I hadn’t noticed before that changed what I should do to resolve the problem.

Trees are old but small

I noticed the tree bark is not red but is grayish. This means these trees a not growing fast but very slowly. If redwood trees don’t get much water they grow very slowly but can still be very old. I’d bet these trees are more than a couple hundred years old. So since they are not real fast growing trees they aren’t real healthy which means they don’t have much in the root system which means I could take one out easily with the dozer without disturbing much. So that might be the way to go. I’ll be thinking more on that as I don’t like unsafe stuff that might get someone into trouble.

Anyway I continued my ride and then went on home for the day. I got enough exercise and was tired out enough to not go for my paddle in the evening.

Instead I chair hopped with the chickens. I did find enough ripe raspberries to eat some. Yummy, there’s still some more coming I think.

Nice day.

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