Down at Drake's Beach with the dogs, late afternoon, and there was a kayaker in a bikini enjoying a bit of a rest before she took off upstream. The Mallards were gathered on the beach and they all took off when Tasha (far right) approached them, just curious and puzzled as to why they all swam away when all she wanted to do was sniff their butts. She does this to the chickens at home, but the Mallards don't know she's a harmless sniffer. Very warm in the sun, quickly had to discard my jacket. What a beautiful summery fall we're having!
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This Sunday, please come and check out our very own mermaid, the only one registered by the State of California. Vira holds an annual festival, celebrating fishing and environmental soundness of our ocean and waterways. The festival is Sunday, October 30, 11 - 6, at the Rio Nido Roadhouse; Vira and her mermaid pals will be performing in the pool. Lots of fun with music, dancing, activities for children, food. Donation is $5; children under 12 free.
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Chinook Salmon, highly threatened, are coming up the Russian River to spawn in near-record numbers, signaling what may be one of the best returns of the Chinook in a decade. This year, with an abundance of water in Lake Mendocino, the amount of water released into the Russian River was doubled a week ago. This may have spurred more fish to come in from the ocean. No fishing of the Chinook at this time, but this is encouraging for the future.
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Levi Leipheimer, a three-time winner of the Tour of California and a podium finisher in the Tour de France, has helped put Sonoma County cycling on the international map, living in Santa Rosa and training throughout Sonoma County. He also has hosted Leviís Grand Fondo for the past three years, a recreational ride that has grown steadily and drew 7,500 cyclists on Oct. 1.
Speaking at a Healdsburg luncheon, Levi said ďI really believe in Sonoma County. I think itís the best place on earth to ride a bike,Ē he said, citing our redwood forests, the ocean and relatively traffic-free roads.
Many of our homes are along the Tour de California route and many folks come here from all over to train on Levi's Tour de France training route or just have fun cycling our country roads. For lots of information, see our outdoor activities site.
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