Tuesday October 27, 2015 Armstrong Woods, Guerneville CA.
Marty and Patti were coming by with some of our Canadian friends, Denis and Sue, for a visit this morning. I thought it would be a good idea to take them up to my redwood state park which is right next to my house. I spent a lot of time growing up in it, before it was so popular. It’s called Armstrong Redwoods State Park. The State got that piece and my great grandfather got another piece of Armstrong’s Ranch, that our family still owns today. My great grandfather purchased a piece of it from Armstrong around 1900. I really think we got the best piece, but they are both real nice places. I spent a good deal of time in the park as I grew up and have walked over most of it many times.
Tried to explain the redwoods
When I was in the Army on the East coast, in Maryland, back in 1966, I tried to explain the big trees to the guys back there, but it was hopeless. I told them they had nothing but toothpick trees. :O) They are just something you have to experience. These days, that always reminds me of the tree huggers, David and Sherry from the blog I read, http://directionofourdreams.blogspot.com/ .
They arrived about eleven AM and we drove the short distance up to the park and hit the trail. We could have walked up to it, but Patti just had a knee operation not long along and Marty is getting a bit older, so I took it easy on them. :O)
As we passed by the entrance kiosk, a ranger shouted out, do you need a map. I just laughed and said no thanks.
All of the town of Guerneville and the valley I live in, looked like this before they logged it in the late 1800’s, just after the gold rush period which was what brought all the settlers west at that time.
After a good break, we headed on back and they took off for Bodega Bay to have some lunch and do some sight seeing.
Off to Kayak
This is likely the friendliest harbor seal of them all. So far, I haven’t named him or her? It always pops up near me when I’m on the river. It’s also one of the harbor seals that spends most of it’s time in the river and not with the other seals down by the river’s mouth.
We worked our way up to Eagle’s Landing where the wind picked up a couple notches and then we crossed over the river to the other side to see what birds where along the shore there. Not too many today, with the weather the way it was, most of the birds just fly away to a nicer spot. Some rain is supposed to come in.
Call it a day
It wasn’t far to the boat ramp from there where we pulled in and took our boats out of the water and went on home for the day.
At home, I put a few things away expecting it to rain a bit tonight and then hit the coach for a much needed nap as I didn’t sleep well last night as I seem to have gotten into some corn stuff during dinner last night which makes me itch all over. Yuck. :O)
It was still a nice day.