Van Work and a Sunset Paddle in the Russian River Estuary

Saturday August 30, 2014 Jenner CA.

New heater hoses for the van

I had intentions of getting some stuff done today, but when I rolled out of bed, my back said ouch, so I needed two ice packs in a row to get it going so I could do some things. I put the water on some of my fruit trees right away and then sat around the yard for a bit, before I could deal with putting the new heater hoses in my van. I measured the hoses twice before cutting them, then put some antiseize inside the ends to help get them off later. I then proceeded to install them in the van routing them through things.

I then started to connect them, but, right away, something was wrong. I had bought hoses that were too small to fit on the water pump. No way to stretch them, so I will have to get the right ones to finish this job, so I put the rest of that job on hold. My back was doing fairly well by this time.

The old heater hoses and the new ones, too small for the van heater.hoses


I spent the rest of the day puttering around and mostly taking it easy, trying to give my back a break.

Sunset paddle

Around 5:30PM, I headed on down to Jenner to kayak for the evening, a sunset paddle.

When I arrived, everyone else was off the water, that’s why I came down at this time. The wind was also up a bit and that might also have something to do with me being the only one on the water.

Anyway, I put my boat in the water and paddled across the river to Penny Island and sat for awhile, more or less out of the wind. I  had a little nap there too before starting on up the river.

A great blue heron was in the little island channel on the east end as I went by.heron


I paddled on up the river, but not very far. I made it just past otter’s log. I sat around the area, waiting for the sun to go down.

This is one of the spots I sat,  looking down the river.sittingplace


When I could see the sun reflecting off the Jenner windows, I knew the sun was heading down, so I started back down the river to check out the sunset.

Here I am headed down river, with the sun reflecting off the visitor center windows.jenner


I went on down the north side of Penny island as the sun was setting.setsun


I pulled in near the shore here by Penny island and sat and watched the sun set.sun


It went down fairly fast as I watched.sunsetting


As I was sitting there watching, I noticed this little buddy bird, or piper landed right by my boat and started feeding. It didn’t seem to mind me at all. For some reason these little birds like to come near my boat to feed, I’m not sure why, but they do it all the time, sometimes big flocks of them.piper


I watched, because that’s what you are supposed to do when you watch a sunset. :O)sunset


Shortly after I took this one, I went on in for the evening. The wind finally did die down a bit, just before the sunset.settingsun

That was my day, a nice one.

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One Response to Van Work and a Sunset Paddle in the Russian River Estuary

  1. phil says:

    How peaceful and relaxing.

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