Monday December 23, 2019 Monte Rio CA.
A paddle day
Today with the weather good, between rains I decided to go kayaking on the Russian River somewhere.
I knew there was 6 inches of muck on the Monte Rio boat ramp the last time I was there so I put my flat shovel in the car so I could shovel off some of the mud if need be. My plan was to head for Jenner to kayak for the day but stop at Monte Rio to check the boat ramp for mud and shovel some off if need be and then continue on down to Jenner to kayak for the day.
Monte Rio looks good to paddle
When I arrived at the Monte Rio boat ramp I was surprised to find it mostly mud free and looking nice so I decided to put my boat in the water and head on down stream a little ways.
I put the boat in the water and looked up stream. I could see Bill and his dog laying on the beach with Bill fishing so I paddled over to see what’s been going on in the area as he hangs out here a lot.
Visit with Bill
Bill’s homeless and sleeps with his dog in his car and fishes the river a lot. He’s actually an interesting character that’s done a lot in his life and had it all at one time.But people give up for one reason or another sometimes and end up like him. In some ways he doesn’t have it so bad hanging out on the river but it gets damp on the river in the winter time and staying warm can be a bit of a problem.
Fishing but no catching
There was some current from the recent rains so I put the boat in a drift and slowly made my way down stream. I was headed about a mile down the river to the Villa Grande Hole just below that mountain up ahead.
Sun’s going down
Once home I checked on the chickens. They were doing just fine so I went in the house for a short nap.
Just before dark I went back outside and sat with the chickens for a spell until it got dark on me.
That was it for me today. Nice paddle on the river.