Windy So No Yak and Automatic Gate Repairs

Monday January 21, 2019 Russian River CA.

A bit too windy to kayak

Today I was planning to kayak so once I got it going and after feeding the chickens I drove on down to Jenner to yak for the day.

As I approached Jenner I could see the wind was up a bit. Maybe not a good day to yak.

As I was turning into the boat ramp Ray was doing the same. He’d just been down to the overlook to check things out.

We both pulled in by the boat ramp and shot the bull for a bit while watching these two ladies exercise their dogs which were having a blast.jenner1


Work at the post office

Ray headed on home and I went over to the post office to see what these guys were up to as they were making a lot of noisework

It turned out they were digging up the post office parking lot as when it rains it gets several inches of water sitting on it. The guy said it was because the drain which goes under the cement to the river was sloped up instead of down so the drain was installed wrong last time the parking spot was made.

Here’s looking up river from the parking lot.upriver2


Ocean overlook

From there I drove on down to the local overlook just past the town of Jenner at the mouth of the river.

Here’s looking up river from the overlook. Lots of people looking today.overlook6


Here’s looking North up along the Pacific ocean. The ocean has sanded in that whole area in back of the big rock which is called Haystack Rock. Eventually the river will wash the sand back out into the ocean but it might take a year or so but it will. Such is the cycle. The river is high and muddy from the recent rains so it’s chocolate and you can see how far it goes out into the ocean.ocean


Good for the fish

The muddy water helps protect the spawning fish coming into the river. It’s the only time the fish are safe from predators.

Predators like these harbor seals resting on the beach.seals7


The ocean was at high tide and pretty rough today. Some birds resting down there on the sand to the right of the open mouth.birds8


Here’s looking over the river to Goat Rock in the ocean from the overlook.goatrock4


River’s open mouth

With the recent rains the river is really flowing and the river’s mouth is real wide right now looking out into the ocean through the river’s mouthmouthwide9


One last look and I headed for home.jetty9


I stopped at the Monte Rio boat ramp on the way home to have a look. It’s a bit muddy right now, I’ll have to bring my shovel if I plan to yak here.rioramp10


Back home I let the chickens out to graze and made myself a cup of coffee.

Then I put another coat of paint under the kitchen sink.paint11


Main gate repairs

I noticed when I tried to use the remote to go through my automatic gate it didn’t work this morning. The manual push buttons worked though so there was something wrong with the remote stuff and I suspected the antenna. The controls are in the box on the left.gate12


I opened the antenna up and found it full of water as it’d turned upside down and filled up and shorted out.

I have another one in the garage so I installed it and all was well.

Here’s the control box. Good to have that fixed and out of the way.gatecontros13


Learning to use my wireless camera

I messed around a bit with my new wireless camera. It’s been slow and I’ve been having problems keeping it on. I discovered it’s been recording videos all the time for some reason which was hogging the network as it’s not fast enough to keep up as it’s a poor connection as I’m too far away. I turned the video recording off and things are working better but I still need to improve the wireless signal. I ordered an extender for my network last night and it is supposed to come in Tuesday, tomorrow, so I’ll have more stuff to play with. If this thing works as advertised it should improve wireless in the rest of my yard too. We’ll see. Like many of these things the manual could do with a bit of improving. I’ll figure it out though, it just takes longer.

These four chickens snook through the gate when it was open for a bit before I could stop them. They can’t hurt much so I let them do their thing tearing up the ground. :O)chicks14


It wasn’t long before the day started to cool down so I locked the chickens up for the night and went on in for the day.

That was if for  me today. Nice day.

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Roof Work, Chainsaw Work, Wireless Tinkering and the Rains Continue

Saturday, Sunday January 19, 20, 2019 Guerneville CA.

More rain

Yesterday it rained off and on so I didn’t get much done on anything.

Worked on the roof framing

I did cut and put up the roof framing just above the ladder.frame


Another angle of the work on the roof support framing.adapter


Trying to improve the wireless signal

My wireless out to the chicken coop is marginal at best so I’m trying other spots for the adapter to the camera, but it seems no matter where I put it, it’s still marginal so I might have to do some other kind of hook up, but at least it’s working, but shaky.wireless



It started raining again this morning on and off again.

Painting under the sink

I put the third coat of paint under the kitchen sink. The board on the left is a shelf that goes under there. I painted it green as I wanted the left over paint to do some painting in the chicken coop. I think maybe one more coat on this job.paint


Cutting up debrie

After that the rain had mostly stopped so I got the chainsaw out and cut up these redwood limbs that the wind blew down during a storm the other day.limbs


Hard rain gets me wet

It started to rain again just before I was finished cutting things up so I had to hurry. I wasn’t quick enough and got caught in a real hard downpour, but it’s only water and not that cold out.

Limbs all cut up but cleanup will have to wait for another day.cutup


Nothing seemed to work

It continued to rain the rest of the day so I played around with my new camera trying to improve the wireless connection by moving the wireless adapters around but nothing seemed to improve the signal.

Here’s a shot of the yard during the rain.rain


Getting dark

Before I knew it it was getting dark and the day was over. I closed up the chickens and went on in the house and that was my day.

Wet but nice as it wasn’t too cold out.

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