Joined Ray On a Yak and the Day Turned Out Nice

Wednesday January 17, 2018 Jenner CA.

Late start today

I got it going late this  morning. I got an email from Ray saying he’d be down kayaking so I got a late start and headed on down to Jenner.

I put my boat in the water.

I could see Ray in his boat paddling up the back side of the island so I headed that way and cut him off at the top end of the island.

We shot the bull and headed slowly up river to Eagle’s Landing and sat around for a bit before turning back down the river.

Water level is up

The estuary’s water level was up indicating the River’s mouth  might be closed.

Here we are coming back to the upper end of Penny Island.island3


Since Ray got an earlier start than I did, he headed on in and I continued on down along Penny Island.

Here is where Ray and I split.ray4


I’m paddling down along Penny Island and plan to paddle onto the flooded island when I get to it’s lower end, just up ahead.isald5


Paddling onto the island

Here I’m paddling into the flooded island.island6


And here I’m looking down towards the river’s mouth across the flooded island. The pipes are old sign posts. Corrosion and wind have long since taken the signs away. The seagulls are flying around down by the mouth.pipes7


On the way paddling back out off the island I went by this big redwood stump. The wind was settling down nicely by now.stump8


I started across the river headed to the river’s mouth area which looked like this. Lots of seagulls down that way.birds9


John has more woes than usual

As I was passing John’s house he came out to talk. John was rather upset and not in a good mood today. His landlord said he has to move. He’d been there 27 years and was now in no shape physically to move so he was in a squander. He’s been in bad health and doesn’t know how he can move even if he could find a place. I mostly listened. You could tell he was upset and wasn’t thinking straight about what to do, but I could be of no help except to listen.john11


Looked like the mouth was still open

As I talked with him I was watching the mouth area across from us. It looked like the mouth was still open a little.mouth14


I left and paddled on over to the mouth area to have a closer look.mouth13


Mouth is open mostly

Yes water was flowing out into the ocean through this broken part of the old jetty.mouth16


There were quite a few harbor seals resting on the beach. Here’s a few of them.seals17


Spooked seagulls

I watched at the mouth for a bit then started back up the river. Something spooked all the seagulls into the air.seagulls15


I could see John picking up trash along the beach as I passed on by. The guys almost dead, but still likes to keep things clean.john18


Waiting for the boat ramp to clear

I continued on up along Penny Island and headed on in for the day going by these golden eyed ducks. Some mist was starting to form, but the day was still nice. I had to wait for that pontoon boat to be taken out of the water before I cold use the boat ramp, so I just waited here until it pulled away.ducks19


I put the boat on the car and drove on home for the day. It was after five so that was about it for me today.

Nice day.

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Shopping, Motorcycle Looking, the Cat and Golden Gate Bridge Billing Error

Tuesday January 16, 2018 Guerneville CA.

Drizzling so no yakking

I was thinking of going yakking today and than go over and do some shopping in Santa Rosa late in the day, but when I got it going it was drizzling so I scratched the yak for the day and went shopping instead.

Chinese grocery store

First I drove over to the Chinese grocery store to get some things including two new eating bowls as I dropped and broke one the other day. I also picked up what is called pounded yam flour which seems to make some  good mashed potatoes instantly and some instant noodles.

Checking out motorcycles

It wasn’t too far to the motorcycle shop from there so I drove on over to have a look at some motorcycles

Here’s the motorcycle


I looked at these Honda’s. This is a crf125f dirt bike. I don’t like that they are not street legal nor the fact that they don’t have headlights. It seems dumb to not have lights for the dark when getting back from a ride late, but I can add a headlight if the cycle has a battery which this one does as it’s electric start.cycles


No good deals

My main problem with these bikes is they cost more than I want to spend on a motorcycle. They have a base price listed and then you still need about a thousand dollars for setup fees and shipping and taxes. I thought maybe the guy would make me a deal, but no.

So maybe the thing to do is buy a used one. I found that dirt bikes for street started with the 250 cc bikes and none where street legal in the smaller sizes so maybe I’m stuck without a street legal bike, but I think I could live with that.

Keep looking

I need to get my carrier built before I get a bike so I’ll just wait and keep looking for now.

Paint and clothes and bolts

From there I went to Wal-mart to get some paint to paint my carrier . I ended up getting a lined over shirt for the cold. It’s the same as my favorite shirt that is ragged and wearing out.  I also found a pair of shoes of the style I like.

One more stop at the hardware store for the bolts and I headed on home.

The rain had stopped but it was late in the day.

Not a lap cat

The cat was there to welcome me home. She’s an interesting cat. She is not a lap sitter and if you try to pick her up or put her on your lap, she gets antsy and wiggles and jumps down.

I’ve been trying to train her to sit on laps. She does like her neck and ears scratched so I’ve been doing that a lot.

Last night she came over to where I was sitting and wanted a scratch so I scratched around her neck and ears. When I stopped she would look at me and I’d pat my lap. She’d just look, but eventually after doing this several times, she did put her paws on my lap, but still no go. I’ve got another week to work on her before her owner comes home.

Here she is on top of my old car, one of her favorite


I put the groceries away and the other stuff too.

Golden Gate Bridge billing

One other little problem I have is with the Golden Gate bridge toll fees.

Last time I got a bill I paid for four times, three crossing over what I was billed for thinking they’d carry the excess forward for some more crossings, but no, I got another bill for my last crossing and it didn’t acknowledge my over payments. Darn, you’d think they had a better billing system than that.

So I tried to call them to get it fixed up, but with the holiday, the phones were all backed up and my newest bill is due in a couple days and they say their phones won’t be freed up until later in the week, so I made out another check and mailed it in just in case and will try to get a hold of them later to see about getting this thing fixed up.

This weeks rains look lighter than they first predicted so maybe tomorrow I can get another yak in.

That was my day.

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