Rain Today With Raspberry Pi and Chickens Graze in the Rain

Friday January 11, 2019 Guerneville CA.

Drizzling with showers today

That’s what I heard when I woke this morning, drizzling so I stayed in bed a bit longer to enjoy. I’m cat sitting for my neighbors so the cat wanted out and that is what got me up and going for the day.

Grazing in the rain

After coffee, I dawned my rain jacket and went out and opened the doors of the chicken’s pen to let them out to graze in the rain. They liked that and were all out quickly some flying on out.

I put some feed in their feeders but not too much as they would get lots of stuff outside grazing today.

Not an outside day

I thought about doing some jobs outside but between the drizzles and the showers and the coolness of the day I went back in the house.

Learning about Raspberry Pi

My computer screen had a bunch of tutorial type videos on the screen I selected to watch last night so I started in watching them. I wouldn’t say they are real exciting so I about fell asleep once or twice and had to do a nap but I did learn a bunch of stuff.

I was mostly checking out what they call Raspberry Pi boards which are small computer boards that can be programmed to do most anything. I was taught several computer programming languages back in the 1970’s so at least I was familiar with some of the stuff they were showing me.

Things have improved

It does seem they’ve made programming a bit easier in this modern age compared to the old days. A lot of it can be done by just copying and pasting someone else’s work which should make the process of putting together a robot tank a bit easier on me and there certainly is much more information on the subject available today because of the internet.

Chickens like the rain

I’d go out and check on the chickens every once in awhile. When it would shower harder they’d all go back into their covered pen and sit until it slowed down again. They seemed to do ok in the rain.

Between the videos and the rain I got sleepy

Around five I was too warn out from watching the screen and just couldn’t keep my eyes open so I hit the nap area again for a long one. That might have had something to do with the rain too.

I went out and shut the chickens in for the night  just before that nap. All was well with them and that was about it for me today.

Learned a few things today.

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Kayaking Monte Rio to Jenner In the High Muddy Water With Ray and John

Thursday January 10, 2019 Russian River CA.

Drifting down the Russian River

With the recent rains the Russian River was up and running fairly good.

I’d made plans to kayak from Monte Rio to Jenner today with Ray and his brother John.

We met at Monte Rio at ten and Ray and I drove down to Jenner to leave his truck for when we got there later to bring us back and we drove back to Monte Rio in my car where John was watching our boats at the boat ramp.

Starting at the Monte Rio boat ramp

Here we are at the boat ramp. You can see the river is up about fifteen feet or so and a bit muddy. We are all experienced paddlers on the Russian River so we know what to expect and how to deal with it.ramp


We put into a nice down river current and started our float down the river.

Here we are just above the Villa Grande pool about a mile down the river from where we put in. John’s on the left and Ray is on the right.villa


Salvage rights

We continued on and saw some kind of boat up ahead. None of us wanted it so we left it there to continue it’s trip down toward the ocean.salvage3


Some sunshine

The sun came out off and on which made the day even nicer.moscow4


Austin Creek

Ray said he wanted to paddle up Austin Creek a bit so we entered it here and paddled up a bit. We could of gone a lot further up the creek but after a half mile or so we decided to return to the river.austin5


This is on the lower side of Casini’s Ranch RV park, which is just below Brown’s hole.browns6


Lunch break

We were thinking of a stop for lunch in this area so we pulled into shore just up ahead a bit.river8


Here’s where we stopped and shot the bull even more.lunch9


After a good break we put back in the water and headed on down the river again.river10


More sun as we approached Marcum pool just up ahead, the deepest hole in the river at about fifty feet. When the water really comes up higher it turns into a huge whorl pool, but not today lucky for us.sheephead11


Checked out Willow Creek and a Bobcat

We decided to pull into the Willow creek area so we did.

Ray says there’s a bobcat over there by that clump  of grasses. Sure, which clump. I finally spotted it by looking which way Ray was looking just as it crouched down in the grass to hide as there wasn’t  much it could do to hide where it was.bobcat12


We got a bit closer to see what it would do and it finally bolted to hide in some brush off to the right so we continued on into Willow Creek.

Here we are going under the bridge at Willow Creek. You can paddle up the creek about a quarter of a mile or so before tree’s block the way.willow13


Green grass looks nice

We paddled on back to the river which looked like this as we drifted down in the current.green13


It wasn’t long before we were almost at Jenner.jenner14


Pullout at the Jenner boat ramp

We made it to the Jenner boat ramp and pulled our boats out and loaded them in Ray’s truck and drove back to Monte Rio where John and I reloaded the boats onto our rigs and we all went on home for the day.ramp15


We put in about ten thirty and arrived at Jenner just before four. We were taking our time as much as possible or we could have been there a bit sooner with the current moving as fast as it was. This trip usually takes about 5 or 5 and a half hours if you take your time.

Days getting longer

I went on home and let the chickens out to graze a little on the late side. But with the days getting a bit longer they stayed out a bit longer so it all worked out.

After I put the chickens away for the day I came back in the house and it was nap time and that was my day.

Nice day kayaking the Russian River with Ray and John.

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