Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Strawberry Fields Forever

click picture for larger imageSounds like an old Beatles song doesn't it? My route went through Macdoel on Tuesday and I finally had the sun in the right position to get some shots of the strawberry fields. Lassen Canyon Nursery grows strawberry plants for both the commercial grower and the home gardener. Lassen Canyon Nursery grows plants for immediate sale at three high elevation locations. The proper latitude, topography and cultivation at high elevation assure LCN plants get optimum chilling and conditioning for transplanting. Short day varieties respond very well to the "treatment" that the high elevation gives them. Everbearing (day neutral) varieties are dug late October and stored for supplemental chilling and set in fruiting fields from mid to late November. The Macdoel ranch, on the southern end of Butte Valley, is the coldest spot suitable for farming in California.

Monday, July 30, 2007

Still going down...

It seems as I continue to write about the lower lake levels but I have been trying to get different views of the various boat ramps and docks to see where it is still possible to launch a boat.
Today I had a chance to get by the Centimudi Ramp and the water level today is down almost 80 feet.
Maybe it will be easier to catch fish as the water levels drop as they will be confined to less space.
ha ha ha
Maybe for some fisherman - I have a hard time catching them..

Saturday, July 28, 2007

It was a blast!

click picture for larger viewI had a long run on Friday from Redding to Macdoel to Tulelake so I decided to come back through the Fall River Mills/Burney area on 299 to see how the construction was coming on the road straightening near Round Mountain.
On the small map to the left you can see how much of a curve the original road had. The blue area shows the new construction.

click picture for larger viewLast month demolition experts starting blasting away parts of the hillside. Motorists were held back from the blast zone and had about a 20-minute delay until the road could be cleared. Blasting further west along the 1.2-mile, $6-million highway straightening project is tentatively scheduled for next week. The project is expected to be completed by December.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Lower Lake Levels!

The level of Shasta Lake continues to drop and is now about 75 feet down from the crest. The image showing the lake full is a "photoshop" picture I created and is what the lake should be like. This area is near the Antlers Marina shooting under the I-5 Bridge. The other picture is what the lake looks like now. Click the pictures for a larger view.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Warehouse dragging on..

I got a chance to go by the warehouse in Anderson again today and was surprised to see that there was no one working on it. In fact, they have only added a couple of wall panels since two weeks ago. I also noticed a new sign out in front of it that says "For Lease" - all or part..? hmmm... Maybe it isn't our new warehouse after all?

Friday, July 20, 2007

Some Fresh Snow

I had to travel to Mount Shasta (City) Friday afternoon for some deliveries and was surprised to see a little fresh snow on the top of Mount Shasta. But with that freak summer rainstorm yesterday and the 14,000 foot height of Mount Shasta, it seems logical. It was quite a nice sight though, with the hot weather we had been having.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Rain cools hot July

The Redding Municipal Airport sopped up 1.16 inches of rain by 5 p.m. That was the heaviest July rainfall in the city since 1974, when 3.53 inches fell over three days. Meanwhile, Wednesday's afternoon top temperature of 78 degrees tied the lowest maximum on record for the date, set 20 years ago. Skies had cleared over parts of the valley by early afternoon, but thunderstorms erupted later along the western foothills.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Water level is dropping fast!

It has been just three weeks since I posted about the lake being down 47 feet from the crest. Today the lake level is down about 67 feet. They are releasing more water into the Sacramento River right now for the Salmon run so the lake level is dropping a little faster. There is not much snow left to melt to increase the inflow to the lake.
I have included this link from Google maps to show the location of Beaver Island from Bridge Bay Road. The cars and trucks with the boat trailers are parked where it should be under water by some 20 feet or so.

The next picture is from the Packer's Bay boat ramp area. You can see the lines on the bank where the water levels are marked. It was quite early in the morning and the sun was not where I wanted it to be for this picture.

Monday, July 9, 2007

New Terminal

We are going to move from North Redding to Anderson when the new terminal is finished. It has been a concrete slab for quite a while, and a dirt field for some time before that. They started erecting the framework this week so a few more weeks for the frame and then they will start on the inside. Hopefully it will be finished before the rain starts in the fall.

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Heat Wave!

Wow! We are getting a little bit into summer now. They have forecast triple digits for this week and part of next week. We were in the nineties last week and we are "kickin' it up a notch this week." 110 degrees today, 112 tomorrow, 115 by Thursday, Friday a chilly 109 and really 'cooling off' to 105 on the week end.