Saturday December 5, 2015 Monte Rio CA.
Working on the dozer
The plan for the day was to go up the hill and work on repairing the broken hose on the dozer. I got all my stuff together and then sat down to think about what all I needed up there to fix things. I remembered I didn’t have the funnel to put the oil in the tank which I was planning to get before I left,………..but.
I did a couple other things then forgot about the funnel which I discovered later.
Anyway I went up the hill and found I couldn’t get the new hose on because I couldn’t bend the last part far enough to get the threads started as it was in a tough place to work and there were a bunch of other hoses in the way. After much tinkering, I realized I’d need another fitting to make this all work. It turned out that the new end on the new hose had a longer metal piece on it than the old one did and it wouldn’t make the sharp turn because of it. I also realized I forgotten the funnel so there wasn’t much I could do.
I was thinking maybe the Napa parts store in Monte Rio might have it, so maybe I should go kayaking.
I did what little I could for the dozer and went on home to decide what to do.
Headed to Monte Rio for parts and a paddle
I made it down to Monte Rio just after 1PM and checked at the parts store. No, they didn’t have it, but would start carrying stuff like this soon.
I was paddling along just above the Sheridan beach when I ran into several otters going fairly fast along the shoreline headed up the river, so I turned and started following them. They seemed to be in a hurry. I stayed out towards the middle of the river so as not to spook them and either followed them or scooted ahead up the river and waited for them to show up again.
Just after that, I saw the otters go by headed up above me, so I started following them again.
I got ahead of the otters again as I wanted to get to this weed patch before they did as I suspected they would feed in these weeds a bunch looking for fish and crawdads as I’ve seen them hunt in this stuff before.
Otters catch things under water, but have to bring them to the surface to eat them, not like a seal that can eat things underwater. At least this way, I have a chance to see what they are eating. This one just came up and is eating something. They sure have some teeth.
Eventually the otters went to shore and out of sight in a spot where I think they overnight a lot.
I left them and continued on up the river to Monte Rio.
I pulled in and loaded my boat and went on home for the day. That was my day.