Wednesday June 15, 2016 Jenner CA.
Sometimes the weather guys are wrong about the wind
The weather guys said the wind was going to come up today, but not too bad and some times they’re wrong and they were as it stayed mostly down.
I put my boat in to a little wind and paddled across to Penny Island and decided to go up the river a ways.
And I paddled by this female mallard duck and her little ones. She was keeping an eye on me and leading her duchies around me as best she could. The little ones can’t fly yet, but they can go pretty fast through the water when they have too.
Checking on a Turkey vulture’s nest
I made my way up to the muskrat area and sat there for about an hour watching and napping some. I was thinking I needed to go up to the old Indian ladies face rock to see if the turkey vultures used the nest up there this year or not, so I paddled back down the river a little ways and put ashore at the Indian Rock trailhead and hiked up this trail. Lots of poison oak on this trail, impossible to avoid it all.
After a bit of rest I started to look around and was impressed by all the succulent succulents on the rock.
The vulture’s nest
Eventually I did what I came up to do and that was to take a look at the turkey vulture nest I know is here to see if it is active or not.
I didn’t find any turkey vultures in the nest, but it did look like there might have been a nest here earlier as there was some ferns knocked down, but it looked like nothing had been here for a couple weeks or so. So maybe they vultures left the nest already.
Took a different trail down
Another hike looking for berries
I was thinking some blackberries might be good to eat, but did I want to go for another walk? If I could get ashore easily on Penny Island I decided I’d look for some berries.
After eating some berries, I got back in my boat and headed for the boat ramp to a light wind.
I put my boat on the car and drove on home for a nap and something to eat.
Making pickled plums
I’ve been contemplating making some pickled plums for awhile now and have been studying how the Japanese do it as it’s one of their favorite foods. And I just so happen to have a huge crop of plums this year so all I could lose is mostly some salt and some sugar if I screw things up, so what the hey, I pickled some plums.
I started out just to do a gallon of green ones, which are the second jar from the right, but then I had some more solution left so I did the two little ones to the left of that one. Those had water salt and sugar in them.
Then I did the one on the right, which is more salt than sugar and water and riper plums too.
Then I got the crook pot out that Sue Zeller gave me when she showed me how to make sauerkraut in Troy Oregon a number of years ago. In that one, I did layering. That’s when you put a layer of salt down, then plums, then salt, then plums, just like making sauerkraut No water. Cover with a plastic bag full of water to seal the air out and it should make it’s own liquid. The Japanese would then dry these plums after they are cured.
And lastly, I decided one with water, vinegar and salt and sugar should be tried, so I picked some more green plums and made that one up which is the second one from the left.
Winds take my cover apart
I was planning to pick the berries today with Dominique, but she wasn’t around, so I picked as many as I could leaving her the best ones. For some reason picking these berries is real hard on my back. I now have all I can put in my freezer so she better get picking the rest of them as I want to take the cover down soon.
I spent some time putting the cover back together with staples just before dark and that was my day.