Tuesday and Wednesday August 6, 7, 2016 Jenner CA.
Brown pelican day Tuesday the sixth
Yesterday there were brown pelicans just about everywhere I went on the estuary. They were at the boat ramp as I put my boat in the water diving on small fish.
Down at the mouth
The all spooked
Worked on the van
I went on home and worked on my van after a good nap. I added the rest of the coolant to the radiator and tried to set the idle. The engine doesn’t idle as good as it should, it sorta hunts which usually indicates an intake manifold leak, so I’ll need to check for that.
I also sealed the bottom of the engine compartment. I used some silicone. Smeared a layer around where I need to seal and put plastic wrap on top of that to prevent the cover from sticking to it as I installed the cover on top of the wet silicone to make a good seal.
That was it for the day and I went to bed early.
Wednesday at Jenner
Today there weren’t as many brown pelicans but there were still some.
I crossed over the river and went over by John Lowery’s house to give him some fresh peaches in appreciation for all the trash he picks up in this area. I found him home. He saw me and came out to talk while I sat in my boat. While we were talking this seagull brought this little crab to shore to eat right in front of us.
Fine looking pelican
Chatted with the biologists
I worked my way slowly up to Eagle’s landing when I heard a motor boat coming down the river. They waved when they went by and pulled into a buoy not far from me, so I paddled on over to have a chat. They haven’t been checking the gear as often this year, so things are corroding and don’t come apart as they should, so they got the big guy out and are cutting their sensor gear off, I think. Anyway, I chatted with them a bit and then headed on up the river.
Dead deer gulch
Fish on, salmon across the river
Eventually, I heard a big splash across the river from me and I saw some seals swimming fast along the shore on that side, then I saw the big fish for an instant, so off I went headed across to see if I could get some pictures of the seals eating a big salmon. I’ve seen signs of salmon coming into the river since early August, but this is the fist actual fish I’ve seen.
Here come the pelicans
I made it to the boat ramp and went on home for the day.
Tried to find an intake manifold leak
After a short nap, I went out and tried to find the intake leak in the van engine, with no success. It’s not too bad, so I think I can live with it for awhile.
I checked my silicone engine compartment seal I put on yesterday. It was dry, so I was able to peel the plastic wrap off and it looks good.
Thinking about adding an electric fan too
I also checked out the radiator measurements as I think I’ll add an electric fan in the shroud as it would provide better engine cooling when going slow and I have plenty of room in there for one. I studied that enough to figure out what I need to find and order it.
That was it for another great day.