Sunday May 18, 2014 Big River, Mendocino, CA.
I arrived at the Big River parking spot around nine in the morning. I came right over from my night camping area this morning right after I got up, so I got some coffee and something to eat in my van before putting my boat in the water. There was some wind when I arrived, so I waited for it to get stronger before putting my boat in the water. :O)
Around ten AM, I put my boat in the water and headed down stream towards the ocean. It was low tide, so a lot of sand was showing and I didn’t make it all the way to the ocean.
This is my view just as I left the boat launch area to the right side of the picture. That’s the 101 highway bridge I paddled down to, to the left side of the picture. You can see the wind is up a bit, but not too bad.
I didn’t stay under the 101 bridge long before turning and heading up the river.
I slowly worked my way up the river looking around and taking it easy.
I knew of a cormorant rookery from previous trips to this river and they should be nesting right now, so I was looking for them.
Usually, when I’ve gotten near their nesting area, they start making all kinds of weird noises that only a cormorant can make, but today they seemed to be on the quiet side, maybe because of new chicks in the nests?
I wasn’t exactly sure where the nests were, so I did some whistling and eventually, I roused them to make some noises and I found them.
Not kayak all the way up the river
I had decided earlier not to kayak all the way as far as I could go up the river, which is about six miles or so and back again. From previous trips, I know if I go past the big log ramps up the river, the river starts to narrow down and the wind is gone, so it’s hard to turn back if I pass that certain point in the river.
See the log thing on the right of this picture. I think the logs are for loading big logs on barges or something in the olden days. At one time there was also a train that came up the river to get the logs out.
I was temped but I turned around at this point and started heading on back down the river.
I pulled my boat off the water around four PM and headed back to Boonville to Marty’s cabin where I spent the night.
Down with some trees
The next day, when we got it going, just before noon, we went up the hill by the cabin and I cut some trees down for Marty to cut up later for his fire wood for the cabin. That didn’t take too long and that’s all we had to do for the day.
Around three PM, I loaded up my stuff and headed on home for the day.