Friday December 2, 2022 Monte Rio CA.
Paddling the Russian River
And a bonus, no one else was on the this part of the river today, I had it all to myself, well, and some critters too.
I headed up river going under the Monte Rio bridge. I plan to only paddle up river a couple of miles and then paddle on back to the boat ramp. It’s an easy paddle as there is very little current, especially with the river’s mouth being closed to the ocean about 12 miles down the river from here. Because of the mouth being closed the water level is about two feet higher than normal here so it’s mostly a big lake, with very little current.
And I stopped here to take it easy and enjoy the day. That stuff on the water is called duckweed and flouts down the river this time of year. And yes, the ducks do eat it, but there’s more than they can eat.
I made it to the base of that hill to this spot where I sat and watched for awhile. There used to be a big wooden train trestle crossing here from the wooden fence up on the green rock. It was a big one as it had to be higher than what the river gets to in the winter to keep from getting washed out. Lots of them did get washed out, just the same.
Turn around area
Old male heron
Almost back to the boat ramp