Ray and I Paddle Monte Rio Up to the Vacation Beach Dam and Back for a Nice Day

Tuesday May 24, 2016 Monte Rio CA.

Paddling up from Monte Rio

Ray let me know last night that he was going to kayak above Monte Rio, so I said I’d join him if he didn’t start too early. I met him down at the Monte Rio boat ramp about ten thirty and we put our boats in the water.

Just below the Monte Rio bridge is a shallow spot which is hard to paddle through, so we went to shore on the right and walked our boats through this spot getting our feet a bit wet.swallows

 

There were some big Mayfly hatches and these ducks were eating dead ones that were floating on the water. These are mallards.ducks

 

This green night heron landed and started fishing right beside us at the Monte Rio beach.heron

 

We continued on up the river at a fairly slow pace, just enjoying the day.river

 

What’s that

Ray noticed this thing on the this house but we could just barely make it out. It sorta looked like a picture of someone, but it also looked like a naked lady’s butt in a window from our view.picture

 

Once I put it on my computer and blew it up, one can get an idea of why it might have been on the outside wall, instead of in the house? :O)pic2

 

We paddled up to the golf course area and sat here for a spell before continuing on.boho2

 

Another female mallard duck with little ones was eating more mayflies as we watched.ducks2

 

Lots of turtles

This was the first of many turtles we saw out sunning today.turtle1

 

We were headed to the Vacation beach summer dam and bridge crossing just up the river from here.barea

 

We passed this pile of trees and started to notice all the birds and turtles in it getting some sun.critters

 

There’s a great blue heron preening and looks like it has a sore on it’s shoulder.
And the wood duck to the left.heronduck

 

Below them are a pair of mallard ducks and a bunch of turtles. There were a bunch more turtles to the right of the log just out of sight and some more wood ducks in there too.crits

 

Summer dam area

We left them and continued on until we make it up to the summer dam spot just ahead of us here. We stopped at this spot for a bit, then turned and headed back down the river.dam

 

Dams in June 16th

They haven’t started to install the dam or bridge yet in this spot, but they are getting ready to do it. They will prep this dam and the dam in Guerneville, but they can’t back up any water until June 16th, but they will get the summer bridge in before that.

This merganser was sneaking by us with her little ones as we drifted down the river.mergansers

 

And we went by this momma mallard duck with her little ones.malducks

 

There were a bunch of turtles on this log as we paddled on by. We sure saw lots of turtles today, I’ve only showed you a few of them.turtles

 

Eventually we drifted under the Monte Rio bridge and were headed for the boat ramp.bridge

 

People are ignorant

Unfortunately there were several people and their dog sitting on the bottom of the boat ramp, not realizing they were in the way. Ray grumbled a bit, but in the end we kept our mouths quiet and just packed our boats up the ramp, still grumbling a bit.

We loaded our boats and went on home for the day.

And that was my day, for another nice one.

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