Sunday March 19, 2017 Monte Rio CA.
Might as well paddle Monte Rio
I was going to do some more work around the yard today, but with more rain coming in this week, I thought I might spend my time better by going kayaking while I could.
I headed off for Jenner but stopped in Monte Rio on the way to check out the boat ramp as the last time I saw it it was full of fresh mud.
They cleaned up the boat ramp mud
But today, no mud, the guys from Monte Rio had cleaned up the ramp the other day. I started to head for Jenner but decided as long I was here why drive down there, just put in here, so I did.
Headed on down the river
Some guy in the bushes
I joined him as we drifted down the river towards Villa Grande.
I wouldn’t want to own this house
Villa Grande Hole
Spent steelhead spotted
It looks like a steelhead going back to the ocean all beat up. I used to think these beat up fish had some kind of disease and that’s also what I’ve heard. But over the years I’ve changed my mind on that one.
I think they are just old steelhead
When Salmon spawn, they die rather soon where they spawn, but when steelhead spawn, they don’t die, but return to the ocean. So now, what I think these beat up go backs are, are old steelhead which made it up to spawn for the last time and are spent and now are dying of older age. At least that’s my theory.
Sitting around the Villa Grande hole
Paddling back up the river
Eventually I started back up stream paddling along the river’s edge to avoid the faster current out in the middle.
This is a nesting pair
I went past this pair of mallard ducks. During nesting season, the male stands guard while the female feeds, which also indicates they have a nest close by. The male doesn’t feed while the female is off the nest feeding, but only stands guard.
Waiting for the boat ramp to clear
Once the boat ramp was clear, I paddled on over and took my boat out of the water and went on home.
Once home I had a nap and then went out in the yard and sat around until it got dark and that was my day.