Friday March 29, 2019 Monte Rio, Jenner CA.
A day on the Russian River kayaking
John contacted me yesterday to see if I wanted to kayak down the river from Monte Rio to Jenner. I said yes of course. I met him and Ray at the Monte Rio parking lot where we put our boats by the ramp and I drove on down to Jenner where we left John’s truck so we could get back to Monte Rio later then I drove him back to Monte Rio where Ray was watching our boats.
Just after a flood last week
The river water was high and muddy and about 15 feet or so higher than summer water levels from all the recent rains. Guerneville had a flood about a week ago so no telling what might have floated down the river during that time.
Monte Rio boat ramp
Oh oh rain up ahead
The rain came down hard so we did the best we could to pull under a tree on the river’s edge but we got pretty wet as it lasted longer than we thought it would. But we’d dry out.
Just to the right of the osprey nest is this great blue heron rookery. I’m sure there are lots of birds up there sitting on eggs but I couldn’t see any. There’s more than ten nests up in that tree. You can see the clumps that are nests.
Just below Markham hole I spotted this dock that got away from someone up stream during the recent flood. It’s upside down so it’s going to be hard for someone to turn it back over without a crane. John decided to push it out in the river and start it down the river. He had to work at it but finally got it in the current and away it went.
Once the dock was in the river’s current we were wondering how we’d stop it in the fast current.
Docked the dock at Bridge Haven
As the dock went under the bridge at Bridge Haven it got into an eddy so we were able to stop it there just below the bridge and John tied it to a log there and we left it there for someone else to deal with. At least this should keep it from going out into the ocean.
Jenner boat ramp
We loaded our boats in John’s truck and he drove us back to Monte Rio were we unloaded our boats on our cars and headed on home for the day.
I needed a nap when I got home, a good long one and that was pretty much my day for a good one.
Nice day on the river even with the bit of rain we had.