Friday August 20, 2021 Monte Rio CA.
Today seemed like a good day to go for a yak on the river. I was thinking I needed to go by Charlie’s to help him check out his old spring that needs to be improved as it’s not collecting much water right now and there’s a drought on.
Checking out Charlie’s spring
So I decided to go by Charlie’s first as he lived in the Monte Rio area so I drove down to Monte Rio and up a narrow road to his driveway here. His house is just down the driveway out of sight. And even though it doesn’t look like it his driveway is real steep.
I heard Charlie holler before I got down the driveway so at least he was home.
When we got to the spring Charlie called his neighbor that I believe he said lives down in the bay area somewhere. He fed him a line of bull saying he had the best spring tapper with him and were looking at the spring to see how we can improve his water tap so they get more water.
What needs to be done
Charlie asked what I’d do so I told him I’d rip out the spring box all the way to the upper one digging out a ditch like what’s below his spring box all the way up which is a black pipe sticking up in the below picture so we can see where the water is coming out of the hill as he says it comes out in more than one spot.
My way of doing it
We talked some more about what needs to be done to improve this spring by getting rid of all the spring boxes and installing my kind of tap which doesn’t have a box but just a sink that collects all the water without trying to dam it up, so my type has no leaks as it has no dam to leak.
You do the work
I told Charlie I’d help them tap the spring my way if they did all the work while I tell them what to do, that way I can make another spring tapping video to show others how to tap a spring in a modern way on YouTube.
We drove on back to his house and shot the bull some more before I took off for the river at the Monte Rio beach.
The river at Monte Rio
Andrew was fishing for bass and was catching some small ones as I pulled in behind him. We shot the bull as he fished away. Just before five he said he’d told his wife he’d be back at five so he took off and I went down the river the short distance I was going today.
I sat around the Villa Grande hole for about a half hour just watching things and enjoying the day before I started back up the river at my slow pace.
Back at the Monte Rio boat ramp
Once home I chair hopped around the yard eating grapes and mulberries and even a few ripe strawberries until it started to get dark when I went in the house for the day after shutting the chickens up in their pens.