Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Black Butte with Fresh Snow

Black Butte juts 6,325 feet straight up. It sits right next to Interstate 5, between the towns of Mount Shasta City and Weed.

Watch for Snow!

In case you are not paying attention...

Monday, December 29, 2008

Small Town Post Office

A couple more little towns. Tehama (pop. 449) and Davis Creek (pop. 110)

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Small Town Post Office

Another addition to the small town Post Office collection is the Post Office in Grenada. Grenada is a small community with 351 people.

Monday, December 22, 2008

More Snow

On the road in the snow today. Highway 161 (Stateline Road) to Tulelake was like this for most of the 23 miles after turning off of Highway 97. Saw a couple of bald eagles near the Wildlife Refuge but didn't get any pictures. I had to hold the steering wheel with both hands today.

A view near the Dunsmuir Grade today. (below)

A couple of photos of the waiting game last Thursday on I-5 during chain checks and chains required near Pollard Flat.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Polar blast snaps temperature records

A chilly late autumn blast Thursday broke low temperature records in the far northern Sacramento Valley and coated north state mountain highways with slippery snow. Pre-dawn temperatures dropped to 23 degrees at Redding Municipal Airport, icing an 84-year-old record. Surly skies spit snow at times over the valley.

But the real snow fell in the mountains above the valley floor, especially from Lake Shasta north through Yreka. Motorists had to chain up along parts of Interstate 5. Motorists also needed chains or snow tires Thursday to cross Hatchet Mountain on Highway 299 and Eskimo Hill on Highway 44.

Shane Range, a trucker from Salem, Ore., puts chains on Jennifer Collins’ car at the Pollard Flat USA gas station. Collins was heading home to Medford, Ore., from San Jose on Thursday evening. I asked Shane to help with my chains but he said no, I wasn't wearing a pink jump suit.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Snow in Redding

Well we did get some snow in Redding yesterday afternoon and last night. I had a couple of inches on my truck this morning. There was snow further north also and on most of my route today. Somewhat of a blizzard in Dorris again. At least I didn't have to chain up today. One of the other drivers heading east to Burney and Alturas needed chains to get over Hatchet Mountain.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Dorris History

On Friday I passed through Dorris on my way to Tulelake and noticed they had finished more work on the "History" wall. They are putting tiles on a wall next to the 200 foot tall flagpole.
The tiles show images of what Dorris looked like in 1908 and what it looks like now.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Just Resting

Yesterday my route went to Tulelake and through the Lower Klamath Wildlife Refuge again. I spotted a couple of hawks. One was making sure no vehicles entered the area and the other was resting on some irrigation ditch controls.
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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Small Town POs and Old Buildings

Today my route passed through the small town of Gazelle, just west of I-5 and north of Weed right on old hiway 99. Another small, functional Post Office right next to a freshly painted historic building built in 1898. Gazelle had a population of 136 with 67 housing units for Census 2000.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

More Good News

We are so thankful for the continuing drop in the price of gas. Today I paid $1.73 for Chevron and it was just 6 months ago that I paid almost $3.00 a gallon more at $4.69 in Alturas. When you fill up everyday it sure makes a difference on your expenses.

Ice Trees

It was pretty cold last night in Tulelake and then with a little dampness in the air from the fog with temperatures around 20 degrees the trees look well decorated for the holidays.

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Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Interesting Quote

"The budget should be balanced, the treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed lest Rome become bankrupt. People must again learn to work, instead of living on public assistance."
Cicero – in 55 BC

“So, What have we learned in 2000 years? Evidently nothing.”
Me – in 2008 AD

Sunday, November 30, 2008

The Moon, Venus and Jupiter

Look to the southwest after sunset on Dec. 1 for a close conjunction between three bright solar system objects: the moon, Venus and Jupiter. If you have binoculars, you might even be able to fit all three of them in the field of view. Between now and then, you can see Jupiter and Venus getting closer together each evening.

Warm November

Wow, we had an 80 degree day on Saturday and about 75 today. Way too warm for November and we need some rain badly.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Ready for Snow

I saw this good looking '61 Chevy 4 door yesterday in McCloud. I believe they are ready for the snow!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

New Lower Gas Prices

A sight we thought we would never see again. Gas for $1.88 a gallon. Some places a few pennies less. Unfortunately the stock market is going down as fast as the gas prices. The Dow closed today at 7,552.29, down another 444 points today.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Remember This Old Sign?

This old Coca Cola sign is on the side of a gas station/market in the small town of Castella, CA. just south of Dunsmuir on I-5.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Dirt roads, ditch roads and hay barns

Today my route went to Tulelake, just along the Oregon border for a few miles then back south for a ways. The gravel road leading to the destination was closed for repair so I had to use an irrigation ditch road to reach my stop. Plenty of hay still available from this area but it will run low by spring.

(click pictures for larger images)

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Whoo Hoo!

Our gas prices in the Redding area have dropped to less than $2 per gallon for the first time since February, 2005. This is very good news for those of us who fill up every day!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Jones Valley Marina

My last delivery today was up at Juniper Drive in Redding. This is quite close to the Jones Valley Marina so I went over to see the lake level in that area. There isn't much water here either. The road you can see along the banks should be covered by thirty feet of water.
As always, click image for a larger view.

Still No Water

I had a few deliveries in Lakehead along Lakeshore Drive. Unfortunately there wasn't much water in the "lake"head or the "lake"shore. Pretty darn empty in this area too. After you enlarge the photo of the railroad trestle (top photo) you can see some vehicles and even some people down under where the water should be. The other photo is looking back at the I-5 Bridge crossing the chasm that used to be a lake.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

A Beautiful View

The clouds and fog finally left the area after the recent storm to reveal a most beautiful mountain. The fresh snow is so white and pure and aptly crowns this beautiful creation. (click image for a larger picture)

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Early Snowfall

I had snow today on most stops on my route. Snow in Mount Shasta, snow in Dorris, snow in McCloud. What a day!
(click pictures for larger image)

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Rainbows and Fresh Snow

We had quite a change in weather yesterday. Rainstorms, snow on the mountains and an occasional rainbow. The rainbow was captured just north of Weed on highway 97. The shot of Mount Shasta was made north of Weed also heading south on highway 97 later in the day. Some awesome clouds are blocking most of the view of Mount Shasta and hiding the fresh snow.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Centimudi Boat Ramp and Shasta Dam

I had a little time today to get out to Centimudi Boat Ramp and see the lack of water at this boat ramp. We are expecting some rain for the next few days as our wet season begins. The lake is down about 158 feet today. Check the current lake levels here.

Click above image for a larger picture.

For more pictures from this location see the photosynth collection at this link.

Friday, October 24, 2008

A Beautiful View

This is such a beautiful view of Mount Shasta from Stag Road in Lake Shastina. The delivery point was on the tallest part of the Lake Shastina subdivision almost next to the water tower affording the residents this magnificent view. The sun was in the wrong part of the sky for better lighting in the picture, but still a beautiful view with the fall colors and green grasses showing some contrast to the blue hues of the sky and mountain.
(click for a larger image)

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Where's the Water?

The boat ramp at Packer's Bay is another abandoned place these days. The Shasta Lake water level is down 155 feet so far this year. Another few weeks until the rain starts (maybe).
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Shasta Lake Water Level

Measured on: October 21, 2008
(This is not today's date.)

Shasta Lake water level: 912.16 feet
(Elevation above sea level - Full lake is 1067 feet)

Distance from dam crest: 154.84 feet
(Drawdown, feet from the top)

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Still Another Little Post Office

Montague, CA - population 1451.
Still another nice little Post Office. I stopped here for directions when looking for an address not on the map. The lady was very friendly and helpful. She actually called the Post delivery person for directions.