Wednesday March 12, 2014 Monte Rio, CA.
Plans change constantly
I’d planned to work on my kayak loader project this morning, then go down to Jenner and kayak for the rest of the day.
Only thing was, the wind blew strong early this morning and knocked the power out, so I couldn’t work on my kayak loader project without electricity.
That meant I might as well go kayaking, but since it was real windy, Monte Rio seemed like the place to go as there is less wind in that area.
Cleaning the mud off the ramp
When I got to the Monte Rio boat ramp, there was a a bit of mud on it from the river being up while I was gone. I got my flat shovel out of the car and shoveled off the mud on the one side so I could put my boat in the water without getting full of mud. I’ve learned to keep my flat shovel in the car in the winter time for just this purpose.
The river water was a bit muddy from the recent rain, but the sun was out and it was a real nice day.
I made it down to Sheridan beach where I stopped for awhile before turning around and starting back up the river.
Poor old steelhead fish
Unlike salmon, steelhead spawn and then return to the ocean and most of them don’t die. Of course, some of them are getting a wee bit old and the mating thing may be the last thing they can do before dying of old age after mating.
This one was in poor shape. It’s fins where falling apart and it’s skin looked like it was real old. I just sat there as it swim around my kayak. Even though these fish may look half dead, they can still go like hell if frightened.
Since I had cleaned off the boat ramp, I was able to get my boat out without getting full of mud and I went on home for the rest of the day. The power was back on by now, so I tackled my sliding extended arm boat loader.
The sliding extended boat loader arm
These are the parts I welded together for the sliding arm. It got one more coat of black paint after this. I used a spring button out of a paddle I found on the river to hold the slider in place when not in use.
The purpose of the arm is to give a place to lift the front of the boat onto and then going to the back of the boat and lifting it up. This gets the boat up on the car top without having to lift the whole weight of the boat up and breaking my already broken back. I’ll see how it works on my next kayak trip.
What’s going on in my yard
After getting that project done, I looked around my yard to see how things were doing and what needed to be done as far as yard work soon.
The plant has some other interesting properties which I will tell you about someday. I need pictures to tell the story, so have to wait until the plant matures through it’s cycles.
That was about all I could handle for the day, nap time.