Monday July 4, 2016 Monte Rio CA.
John wants to kayak at night
I mentioned to John that the best way to experience the fireworks on the river was to be on the water. So he had the idea to paddle down river to Monte Rio and return in the dark so I decided to join him. He came by my house at six PM to pick me up and we drove down to a friends house along the river at the Northwood golf course which is just a couple miles above Monte Rio.
Headed down the river
We put our boats in the water and started a leisurely paddle down towards Monte Rio as we didn’t need to be at Monte Rio until just about dark for the fireworks to start.
Here we are just coming into the Bohemian hole. There used to be a big wooden train trestle crossing the river on the right side of the picture, before my time.
We know there’s lots of people down there
We’ve just rounded a turn in the river and the Monte Rio area just came into view down the river as far as we can see. Not much going on here, but just down there, there’s thousands of people on the beaches.
float staging area
We parade by the crowd
John’s pretty kicked back in his boat as we parade by. We are mostly the only boats in the water, so we are a bit of a parade as we make our way down past the bridge where we want to be for the fireworks display.
No mortar tubes, but boxes instead
While we are checking out these boxes of fireworks a security lady came up and let us know that they won’t shot off the fireworks with us that close and we need to get back. I ask her how far back and she says to the boat ramp distance, so we retreat just a tiny bit and wait for it to get dark.
We’re in the best spot
A few boats moved in around us as it got dark, but not many really. Most of them went up under the bridge, but we were in the best spot which I knew from experience.
So now I knew why they used the boxes instead of he mortar tubes. I’ve seen littler home type boxes that do this, but this is the first time I’ve seen it in the big boys stuff. I can see this is safer than the mortar tubes as there are no mortar tubes that might fall over and fire at the crowds. The big boxes sit on the ground solidly so they make a good launching platform.
We head back up the river in the dark
Once the fireworks are done, the people start to head out and we started heading back up the river in the dark. We could see just enough to get up the river without a light as long as we didn’t go too fast.
We had a nice leisurely paddle up the river as the wind had died down and the water was flat and it wasn’t too cold out.
We thought we’d have to get out of our boats just below the house we were headed too and get our feet wet, but I think the river’s mouth must be closed down at Jenner and the water was high enough we were able to paddle through and not get wet.
That was our night out watching the fireworks.