A Fantastic Day on the River

by the GRWC Student Interns…

A Day On the River

A Day On the River

The Gualala River Watershed Council’s annual event, A Day On the River, was a big hit this year. The weather was gorgeous, mostly sunny but not too hot or windy. The Gualala wild pig and Hog Island Oysters were outstanding! In all, 117 people attended, up from just under a hundred last year.

It was a long but fun day for everyone helping the GRWC. The event started at noon, but by eight o’clock in the morning, eight volunteers and staff members had assembled at the watershed office to help move the gear out to the river and start setting up. At least thirteen more people showed up throughout the morning, helping with oyster shucking, putting up canopies, doing decorations and set up, and running errands.

A Day On the River is held at a beautiful spot along the South Fork Gualala. This section of the river belongs to Gualala Redwoods, Inc. who opens the private stretch of the river to the Gualala River Watershed Council for this event. This year over twenty local businesses donated food, supplies, or raffle prizes.

Karl Anderson, David Forsblad, Phil Chidlaw and his brother take a break from oyster shucking at one of Ken’s picnic tables.

Picnic benches made by Ken Spacek (out of juniper trees from the Sea Ranch) were placed along the edge of the river for dining comfort and Hannah Jern-Miller and Ben Dubin from Old Jawbone entertained us with music throughout the day.

Mike Simila and Darrel Rogers wrestle the first wild pig out of the roasting box.

Mike Simila and Darrel Rogers wrestle the first wild pig out of the roasting box.

Lunch started with barbequed Hog Island Oysters and a secret sauce whipped together by Jill Butler (CalFire) and her husband Jim. Next came the main event, two wild pigs, donated and roasted by Darrell Rogers (Rogers Forest Products) were served along with green salad, pasta salad, and potato salad. Desert was a spread of homemade berry cobblers and delicious chocolate cupcakes.

Adopted ducks saunter toward finish line.

Adopted ducks saunter toward finish line.

Duck races (or duck saunters) were held throughout the afternoon. Rubber ducks were available for adoption, and then the parents could race their ducky to win fun prizes.

Dogs were another source of entertainment this year, with at least ten dogs at one point running around in the river, playing fetch and other doggy games.

For those who missed it, A Day On the River is held on the last Saturday of June every year, so feel free to bring your kids, tell your neighbors, and invite out-of-town friends and family. Well behaved dogs are welcome too!

P.S.

If you’re interested in procuring one of Ken’s picnic benches call the GRWC Office 707.884.9166 or email grwc@mcn.org