I’m in my late sixties, ok maybe only sixty five at this date, Sept 2012, and retired living near the Russian river, near a little worldly town, called Guerneville. Redwood country. One of my main pastimes is kayaking on the Russian River, something I do, almost daily. I first started out kayaking the Monte Rio area and the upper Guerneville area. I did about five years on the river at Monte Rio going up and down the river. Up, mostly, to the Vacation Beach damn and down to the Cassini Ranch area where the first fish ripple is in the river for fish coming up to do their egg laying. After watching what was going on with the river for five years, I began to wonder what was going on down river, below the Cassini’s ripple, so I started kayaking at Jenner, mostly launching at the Jenner visitors center. I’ve been doing this for about four years at the time of this writing. One of the most amazing things about me kayaking the river most everyday, including winter, is I seem to be the only one that even comes close to doing it, on such a beautiful river. :O)
Anyway, I’ve been watching everything that’s been going on, with the otters, the seals, the fish, and the people and just mother nature and how she runs things.
I think I’m pretty good at observing things as I worked for HP in the Reliability Physics Lab, taking electronic parts apart with acids and microscopes to find out why they didn’t work. Doing this, lead me to study the processes used to manufacture these types of things.
My background……Great grandfather, whose house I live in was recorded in this area in 1861, I think it was, at the age of five, with his mother working a boarding house at the old quick silver mine. I was raised in his house, playing in the redwoods and creeks around the house. I spent about a year on the east coast at Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Maryland and two terms or two years in Vietnam 1966 end of, to 1968, June I think it was. Went to the local junior college and got a degree for electronic tech. Worked at HP summers and went to Cal Poly University for electronic engineering. Did three years and went to work for HP for about ten years in the Reliability Physics Lab. Worked on a private three thousand acre ranch for about four years operating and working on heavy equipment, building roads and ponds doing most of the maintenance on the ranch. At this time I lived in a hunters cabin, with no electricity for about ten years. Best place I ever lived. I worked for myself as an electrician for awhile, just making enough to get by, until I retired, full time.
Now, I kayak the river and have been starting to do some of the other rivers in the west and also starting to get back into some desert traveling with my old van.
I’d say, I’m enjoying life and trying to live it to the fullest, whatever that is? :O)