Friday, June 29, 2007

Oh Deer!

I had a run over the mountain from Yreka to Jones Valley today and was driving up McAdams Creek Road when I saw this unusual sight. A stack of hay under a shelter provided some shade and lunch for these 4 deer. I crept as closely as I could before snapping the shot. Click image for a larger picture.

Million Dollar Gold Display

Nuggets, flakes, and gold dust are all on display and the exhibit is complete with photographs and personal reflections from the miners that patiently searched for gold. The gold display is housed in the Siskiyou County Court House and is thought to be the largest gold display south of Alaska. A trained eye can identify where each piece was extracted based on its color and texture. Click small picture for more pictures.

Monday, June 25, 2007

No snow, no water..

The snow on Mount Shasta and Shastina is disappearing fast this year. We had a lot less rainfall last year and the snow pack was way down from normal. The lake level at Shasta Lake is down 47 feet from the crest of the dam and continuing to drop several inches each day. Some say it will be down 100 feet or more by the time we get rain this fall.

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Gold Panning Anyone?

Yesterday my route extended way past Yreka down highway 96 which runs along the Klamath River. The Klamath River is one of California's great gold producing rivers. Over the years, the Klamath has produced millions of dollars in gold. Even today, you will see many gold panners and dredgers every summer located all over the Klamath river looking for gold.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Yreka's Blue Goose

I spent some time delivering in Yreka this week and had a delivery next to the old railway station. They have steam engine train rides to Montague (7 miles away). In cases of breakdowns or what ever they have a standby diesel engine to pull the train. The ride takes about an hour each way with a lunch stop in Montague.
The bottom picture is the backup engine.

Monday, June 18, 2007

I've been there.

We've all been up this creek before but now at least you can get a paddle...

Friday, June 15, 2007


I like to drive through the mountains and get to enjoy the beauty of the wilderness and all of God's handiwork. This is the second time I had an opportunity to get to to view the front of another big rig coming at me. Just kidding, the vehicle is being towed but it was such a neat setting I couldn't resist this picture. Click the picture for a full size view.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Road Work Ahead!

I just love it when I am driving through the mountains from town to town and then you get to the "road work" ahead signs. You know you are going to be waiting in line for 5 to 15 minutes. This may be frustrating but if you stop to enjoy God's beautiful scenery and take time to pray and talk to Him it makes the time go by more quickly. I must admit I get frustrating just sitting when I know I should be driving though.

I waited quite awhile here coming from Hayfork on Hiway 299 to get back to Redding. The Pilot Car driver always seems to need a certain amount of cars before he will take the next batch through. I did see lots of idle equipment but not to many workers.

In one place I saw a typical Cal-Trans crew. One person talking, one holding a paint lid and two people painting a curb red. This was exciting for all of us. Better than the normal ratio of three watching and one working I guess..

Friday, June 8, 2007

Alfalfa Fields Forever

Seems like I spent a lot of time in Tulelake this week. I was on a couple of different roads this time and saw some real nice alfalfa fields. The hay smells so fresh as they cut it - like a newly mowed lawn.

Thursday, June 7, 2007

Prices are High!

I had to go up to Tulelake again today and as I passed through Dorris, CA. I noticed this sign at the local service station, (which is self-serve) fortunately most people can go to Oregon to get their gas...which is probably much cheaper than this and only a few miles away.