Tuesday May 6, 2014 Monte Rio CA.
One mystery solved and another one pops up
On my way down to Jenner today, I passed Ray coming back towards Monte Rio in his truck which could only mean one thing. The winds must be up in Jenner, so the first opportunity I had, I turned around and went back to Monte Rio to kayak for the day with Ray.
We put our boats in the water and headed upstream. The usual shallow spot just below the bridge was easy today, because the river’s mouth is at least partially closed which backs the water level up in this area, so we made it through that part with ease.
Green Heron Fishing
It was very busy at it and catching a bunch of the little fish.
Mayflies in abundance today
We arrived at the bend by the golf course. Lots of Mayflies were in the air and a lot of them had died and were in the water, which were being fed on by birds and fish.
Last winter I noticed some little floats in the water around the golf course area and was wondering what they were all about. I thought maybe the biologists were going to put in a fish tracker, but nothing ever showed up.
Well, today as we passed over the area with the little floats, sure enough, there was a fish tracker there. It works like this. They implant little chips in the fish. When the fish passes over the pipes under the water with a wire in them, the fish is tracked, time and date and direction and their number is recorded. They have these trackers at certain spots in the river and some of the creeks too.
The mystery in the big tree
Just past this area, there is a tree that is one of the biggest redwood trees in the world, with about a twenty four foot diameter at the base.
I was looking for this tree and couldn’t find it right away, but when I did, another mystery popped up.
There was this orange thing way up in the tree near the top, maybe around three hundred feet in the air or so.
I zoomed in as much as I could and even blew it up a bit more on my computer? At the time, I thought, maybe it was some kind of tent that was set up in the tree canopy as they call it? I really couldn’t make it out from my kayak though. Then I thought maybe a kite that got away?
But looking at it , I don’t think it was a kit that got away, or a balloon. The corners of the thing seemed to be wrapped around something up there, so I ‘m back to some kind of tent way up there, either for someone to sit in or maybe covering something up there in the tree.
We’ll leave that mystery to be solved maybe sometime later?
As I was paddling along just past that, I came upon a wood duck taking it easy in the grass on the shore line. Likely full of those little Mayflies that were dead on the waters surface as I’ve seen them feeding in them before.
Turtles everywhere today
We made it up to the Vacation Beach summer Bridge and dam. They are just starting to put the bridge in for the summer. The County guys have just put the bridge spans in so far, now they have to build the road across on the right of the bridge. Then they will start putting the summer dam in too. The summer dam is dammed on June 16th.
Headed back down the river
We sat there below the bridge for awhile before heading back down the river.
We made it back to Monte Rio in the late afternoon and pulled our boats out of the water and went on home for the day.