Friday April 3, 2015 Guerneville CA.
I met Ray at Monte Rio this morning at 10:30 at the boat ramp. We moved his boat to the top of my car and headed on up the river to Steelhead Beach, leaving his truck at Monte Rio for when we arrived later today.
We decided to do a shuttle today, from Steelhead Beach down to Monte Rio, about eleven miles.
We put our boats in the water about eleven AM and started the journey down the river. The sun was out with a light wind.
Here’s our view just after we hit the water at Steelhead Beach.
We paddled by this pair of mallard ducks.
Another view as we drifted and paddled down the river.
This pair of wood ducks came out from under some trees as we passed.
Here we are just above Summer Home Park drifting down the river at a leisurely pace.
We paddled by these two geese as we drifted down the river just below Summer Home Park.
Most of the willow trees on the river’s edge have their new leaves for the spring.
Here we are just approaching the Korbel summer bridge that isn’t in yet.
This goose was in the Korbel hole as we paddled on by. It joined us for a bit, then paddled off.
We were surprised to find all these fishermen at the Guerneville summer dam. It seems there are still some fresh steelhead fish to be caught.
This was our view as we approached the Vacation Beach summer dam that isn’t in yet. Nice day.
We had been seeing a turtle here and there on the way down, but in this spot there were a bunch of them.
Here’s a few more of the turtles on a redwood log.
As we rounded the turn in the river by the golf course, this green heron flew into the brush in front of us and commenced fishing.
Just below there, we heard a shriek under the trees. I went over to see what it was and it seems a couple river otters where having a bit of a spat.
Ray and I were both about tuckered out as we approached the Monte Rio area around 5:30 PM and took our boats out of the water. We loaded the boats on Ray’s truck and headed back to Steelhead Beach to pick up my car and went on home.
I know Ray had to cook dinner when he got home, but I didn’t have much in me to do anything but hit the couch for a good rest.
It was a nice paddle down the river, although a bit on the long side. That was our day. I’m hitting the hay as soon as I publish this. :O)
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