Working On the Van’s Axillary Cooler and a Ride to Jenner for a Yak That Didn’t Happen

Sunday November 19, 2017 Guerneville CA.

I needed to get this cooler mounted on my van

It was cool out when I got it going today. I dressed warm and went out to work on my van’s cooling system. I’m adding an axillary cooling system as my V8 can use a bit of help in the cooling department on a hot day going up long hills.

The mounting brackets were already made and painted so I bolted them onto the cooler which I’m doing here.cooler


It doesn’t fit  yet

Once I had the brackets mounted I could try the unit on the van. The brackets needed some adjustment which meant I needed to do some more welding on them which meant I had to repaint them again. I made the adjustments and slapped some more paint on them.

Checking the fit

Before I painted the brackets again I mounted the unit on the van and got an idea what I’d have to do to hook up the heater hoses to it. I decided it would be a good idea to let the paint dry and get the unit mounted properly before purchasing the new hoses as I wasn’t sure what I could salvage of the old hoses to do the job.

The afternoon yak that wasn’t

Since it was rather cool out as in cloudy, I knew the paint was going to take a long time to dry, so I thought an afternoon yak at Monte Rio might be a good idea. I got my stuff together and headed for Monte Rio.

Checking up on the fishermen’s stories

There was only one fisherman there as it appears the spawning fish that were there the other day had moved up the river as they should as that’s where they need to go to spawn.

Spawning fish more up the river

Spawning fish are like that, you have to get them before they move on up the river or they are gone until some more come up. By the time one hears the fish are in the river and get on down there, it might be too late as the fish have already moved up the river.

I talked with a guy named Bill fishing there about whether they really saw any steelhead or not the other day.

Not steelhead

He says they were not steelhead, but Coho salmon which look very similar to steelhead if you aren’t on your toes. A lot of fishermen mistake them for steelhead if they haven’t done their homework. He did say he thought there were a lot of salmon going by the other day. His estimate was a  thousand salmon went by the other day. I’ve learned from talking with fishermen through the years that you have to take what they say with a grain of salt.

Lots of fish went by

So all I know for sure is a lot of fish went by Monte Rio the other day.

Headed for Jenner for a sunset yak

By the time I got finished shooting the bull with Bill, the sun was behind the mountain at Monte Rio, so I decided to go down to Jenner for a sunset paddle instead, driving another ten miles to the ocean where Jenner is located.

When I arrived at Jenner it was clouded over, but the wind was down and rather cool out.

Headed for the overlook

I decided to drive down to the overlook and make up my mind whether to put in today or not. With all the clouds there wasn’t likely to be much of a sunset.

Here’s a shot of the river from the overlook.overlook


River’s mouth is open

And here is a photo looking west over the Pacific ocean showing the river’s mouth area.moutkh2


A little closer look at the mouth. The wind was down but it was cool out.mouth


Some harbor seals resting down there with a bunch of birds. The birds are mostly brown pelicans and seagulls.critters


At least I took a ride today

Well ok then, at least I went out for a ride today. I got back in  my car and headed back home for the day as it was almost over anyway, about 4:30PM by now. The drive to my house from Jenner is about twenty miles.

Getting ready for some more rain

At home the sun had gone over the mountains by now, so I tidied things up from my earlier work as there is some rain coming in tonight.

I brought some firewood into the house so I wouldn’t have to go out and get it in the rain and that was my day.

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Painting Brackets, Fueling the Dozer and a Walk in the Forest

Saturday November 18, 2017 Guerneville CA.

Staying home on weekends

Being a weekend it seemed like a good idea to stay home and enjoy the forest a bit as the sun was out.

Brackets aren’t ready yet

I thought I’d mount my radiator cooling fluid add-on on the old Chevy van, but I noticed the brackets I’d made needed another coat of paint so I painted them and hung them over my wood stove to dry as it wasn’t real warm outside today.

Fueling the dozer

I needed to add some fuel to the Bulldozer, so I loaded up the quad runner with that and took off around 1PM headed for the dozer which was parked up the hill.


I was able to get the fuel in the dozer without spilling much of it. I then checked the transmission fluid which is under the seat. The oil level in that was right up to the top, but I did notice a pack rat was starting to build a nest under it. I left the seat off so light would shine in there so I  hope that will deter the critter.dozer1


Ridge top view

Once  that task was complete I rode the bike to the ridge top to have a look. Guerneville is on the right and Santa Rosa is over the hills in the background.guerneville2


Walk in the forest

Instead of going for a ride today I thought a walk through the forest would be good so I rode down the hill a little ways and started a walk through the woods in this spot.forest6


I got on this old road and followed it a ways.trail4


Old  roads are easy to walk on

Down through here.trail5


Too early for mushrooms

And here. I watched for any wild mushrooms but I think it is still a bit early in this spot.trail7


I looped around and came back to where I had the bike parked and hopped on and headed down the hill.

Checking our spring water tanks

I always check our spring water storage tanks when I go by to see how full they are.tanks8


They appear to be full as can be seen by this water showing the overflow pipe is running and the tanks are full.water9


Let her rip

I took off down this road at a fairly good clip as it’s fun to let it all out once in awhile.road10


Any apples left on the trees

Eventually I popped out into our old apple orchard, so I looked for an apple.orchard11


It’s late in the season for apples, but you never know. Some of the apples here are what’s called winter apples. If you are lucky enough to find one, they are crispy, sweet and real fruity.

I was real lucky and found two right down low enough for me to pick them. Delicious.apples12


Another day gone

I continued on home where the sun was down and the day was cooling off. I looked at the brackets I painted before I left. They seemed to be dry, but the day was gone, so they can keep for another time before I install them.

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