Thursday December 5, 2019 Guerneville CA.
Today I was going to take my Toyota jeep up the hill to disconnect some springs and check the water system and move some big rocks to a creek crossing that needs them. With the recent rains some of the springs are putting a little clay into the water that makes it look murky but it’s otherwise just fine.
Started to drizzle
But by the time I took care of the chickens and got something to eat, which usually takes me awhile as I have to cook everything from scratch, it had started to drizzle again so an open jeep might not be the best thing to drive up the hill today.
I decided the dirt bike would be a better thing to take up even though I wouldn’t be able to move the rocks I had planned to move into a creek crossing.
Dirt bike it is
Hog Wallow Spring
No view at the ridge top
I was cruising along on this road when I ran into this downed rotten log across the road. I was just about to turn around and go another way when I realized I could get by the left side if I moved some of the broken up stuff.
Checking the water tanks
Checking the water at the valves
Just above the water tanks is this ravine where the feeder pipes come together to get to the water tanks so I walked on up it as I wanted to check the water flow and see if the springs were clear here.
Plenty of water
About a 100 feet up that ravine I have some valves where the pipes come together which I can turn to check the springs water flow and see what is clean and how much water is coming down each pipe from each main spring. Both pipes had clear water and we had about three gallons a minute coming down with the other springs disconnected. That’s enough water for the five houses this serves as with the rains we don’t need much water right now and I can stop watering the weeds in my yard.
Headed for home
Of course I needed a nap after that and then I was back outside puttering around for about an hour before it got dark.
That was my day. Nice bike ride in a nice wet forest with just a bit of mist but not enough to get real wet. Perfect.