Monday, July, 1, 2013, Monte Rio, CA.
The river was backed up to the Vacation Beach Dam
It sounded like it was going to be a another hot one today. So, of course I headed to the river to kayak. I decided to do Monte Rio to Vacation Beach Dam and back. It’s a lot warmer than Jenner in this area, but with the river’s mouth closed, the water was high all the way up to the dam. When the river’s mouth closes, it can back up water all the way to the Vacation Beach Dam, so it’s like one big lake between the ocean and the Vacation Beach Dam. This means that all the shallow spots in the water, aren’t, at this time.
I put my boat in the water at the Monte Rio boat ramp around 1 PM and headed up the river at a fairly good pace. Because it was just after noon, there wasn’t much shade to be found on the shores tree line, so I just kept going up the river. It was fairly hot, I wore my swim suit and I was going to jump in the water and get wet somewhere, but with the water so high, there weren’t many spots with a shore to get out on. I planned to do it at the Boho hole, but two ladies where in the water there, and I didn’t want to disturb their privacy, so I pushed on up the river and never did jump in the water.
This is the view as I approached the Vacation Beach Dam. Usually this still water is all rippled. But, like I said, the river’s mouth being closed backs the water all the way up to this dam, so there are no ripples just in front of me. This is a summer dam and bridge for cars.
I didn’t stay too long at the dam and headed back down the river.
I took my time paddling back down the river, stopping along the way when I could find some shade.
I think I got back around five or so, but not sure. It was still pretty hot when I got home, so not much of anything got done and besides I was tired out from my day’s paddle.
Had a nice day.