Monte Rio Paddle and Garden Enclosure Work

Wednesday and Thursday March 29, 30 2017 Monte Rio and Guerneville CA.

Two days in one

Yesterday the weather guys said it was going to be a bit windy down at Jenner, but I needed a yak, so I drove on down to see if it was as windy as they said it was going to be.

Windy for sure

I pulled into the parking lot at the boat ramp and sure enough, the wind was up.ramp

 

Jenner overlook at the mouth

So I drove down to the overlook at the river’s mouth to have a look because that’s what locals do. The ocean was fairly rough with waves breaking over the sandy beaches as I looked down at the river’s open mouth.ocean

 

Waves were breaking over the rocks on the jetty were two packs of harbor seals were taking it easy.seals

 

And I could see these cormorants taking it easy down in front of me on this rock in the river. Not many here today. They don’t like the muddy river as they can’t catch fish in it.

cors

 

So Monte Rio it is

I left and headed for Monte Rio as there is usually far less wind there as it’s not at the ocean.

I shoveled a little mud off the boat ramp, but it wasn’t too bad and put my boat in the water.

Bill and I shot the bull

I saw Bill fishing just up river from the ramp so I went over to shoot the bull with him for a bit.bill

 

Bill talked my ear off and eventually I just said see you later, I’m headed down river and off I went putting my boat into the current and letting er drift.

I passed by this pair of merganser ducks getting some sun.

gansers

 

Drifting down the river

I drifted down the river along here taking my time. Note, not much wind compared to Jenner. I always say it’s never windy in Monte Rio, only a bit breezy sometimes compared to Jenner.river

 

Andrew and is big dog

I heard someone say, hey Bob and I could see Andrew over on the far shoreline with his big dog, so I paddled on over and we shot the bull for a bit.andrew

 

Eventually I continued on down to this spot, Villa Grande hole, just up ahead. See that cormorant on the tree on the right.villa

 

I did once I got closer.cortree

 

Sitting at the Villa Grande Hole

 

I pulled my boat into the corner at the Villa Grande hole and sat here for a spell as this was as far as I was going today. Just off the picture to the left is a beach.villag

 

Sand fight

These two people were entertaining me with a sand fight until she got some sand in his eyes.muddy

 

Enjoying the day

I sat around there for about an hour enjoying the day and watching for stuff and they headed back up the river. The current is pretty strong yet, so I worked my way up the edges where paddling is much easier. Here I’m paddling up along the edge just below Monte Rio.riverup

 

What’s with the robin

As I was paddling along the edge by the trees and the brush, I spied this robin sitting the the water. What’s up?robbin

 

Turned out it was having a bit of a bath.bathrob

 

Too tired to blog

I made it back to the boat ramp and went on home for the day. I was tired out, so I had a nap and I couldn’t get it going again. I just seemed to be tired out, so I went to bed and that was my day, didn’t get the blog written.

Thursday

The weather guys said it was going to be windy down at Jenner again today, so I decided to stay home and work on my garden enclosure again.

Seems like I always need to shop

First thing I did was go to Guerneville and do some shopping at Safeway to get some things to eat, corn free I hope.

Back to work on the garden enclosure

That done, I eventually started work on the garden enclosure.

I needed to put chicken wire in the three last panels. Here I have the wire in one of them.panel

 

Enclosure sides lift open up

I got the wire in all the panels and installed the panels. I made the sides of the enclosure able to lift up so I can access stuff inside the enclosure to work on stuff and to harvest stuff.

When I’m done I will fill the dirt in to as high as the one foot sides on my enclosure so it will be handy to open a side and get to stuff.

Here’s the enclosure with a side propped up in the open position.sidepanel

 

Plum tuckered out

I worked until I was plum tired out and just sat around in the yard for the rest of the day.

And that was my day for a  productive one. I’m about 95 percent done with the garden enclosure. I need a few more supplies to finish it up.

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