The canoe and rowboat that were pulled up higher are still there, but another big storm and they will be gone. Every boat should have a telephone number in marine marker so those of us who roam the winter beaches can let the owners know they need to rescue their boats or lose them.
Disturbed an osprey in a tree just a few yards away from the path I was walking. Always a thrill to see them. They are magnificent birds and there's always a treetop for perching.
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Our winter river has arrived in the space of 24 hours. Dozens of ducks riding the currents and skittering back upstream. Most of the beach is under water and the river is the color of cafe au lait. One lone kayak, tethered and floating upside down, no longer on the beach. But the sun is shining and the dogs and I managed to find enough beach still above water for a good run.
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A Greek who declared himself black, Johnny Otis was a world-class musician who spent 12 fulfilling years in Sebastopol and just died in Los Angeles at the age of 90. Ironically, he is credited with discovering Etta James, who also just died. In our area he was known for his Johnny Otis market and deli, where he packed the place for music during the evenings, and sold organic food during the day. He was close friends with Charlie Musselwhite, the famed harmonica player, who lives in Geyserville.
Johnny had a great band, produced some great music in his recording studio on his ranch, and was a mentor to many other musicians. He will always be fondly remembered in western Sonoma County. Rest in Peace, Johnny! Say hello to Mustang Sally.
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Less than 2 weeks until Kendall-Jackson® President Rick Tigner is highlighted on CBS's Emmy-nominated Undercover Boss airing Sunday, January 29, at 8 p.m. Eastern/Pacific. He’s on a mission to preserve the family legacy and discover the wisdom behind every bottle of Kendall-Jackson.
Bet there will be some great Russian River scenery featured as well.
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