Wednesday, May 28, 2008

How Much Will We Pay?

Gas prices continue to rise, more than 20 cents per gallon this past week.
I read that in London truckers were protesting because fuel there has just passed the $9.00 per gallon mark. We are not that far behind...

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Copper Ridge Care Center greeter

I deliver pay checks to Copper Ridge every two weeks and Jay is the friendliest guy in town!

A local U.S. Air Force veteran is using his charm to lighten the mood at a rehab center in Redding.

Visitors who walk into Copper Ridge Care Center are greeted by Jay Miller's contagious smile. Miller, 64, is the greeter at Copper Ridge, where he has served for almost a year.

"This job allows me to do what comes naturally," Miller said. "I just love being open with people, and they seem to appreciate that."

Originally from Pittsburgh, Miller has lived for more than six years at the neighboring River Oaks Retirement Community. It was there that he saw an advertisement on a bulletin board for the volunteer position.

"I was always taught that the first appearance is the most important," said Miller, who wears a white suit daily to work.

Miller started at the center as a volunteer, but management was so happy with him that they hired him.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Hat Creek Radio Observatory

a panoramic view made of three images, click to enlarge.

My route took me to Hat Creek today and I got to see this place, quite fascinating.

Thanks to the far-sighted benevolence of technologists Paul Allen (co-founder of Microsoft) and Nathan Myhrvold (former Chief Technology Officer for Microsoft), a new telescope is being constructed that will allow a targeted SETI search to proceed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The new instrument, appropriately called the Allen Telescope Array, known formerly as the One Hectare Telescope, or 1hT, is a joint effort by the SETI Institute and the University of California, Berkeley. Because of its novel construction - an array of inexpensive antennas - it can be simultaneously used for both SETI and cutting-edge radio astronomy research. It is being built at the existing Hat Creek Radio Observatory, run by the Radio Astronomy Lab at Berkeley, and located in the Cascade Mountains just north of Lassen Peak (California).

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Historical Marker No. 517

Click image for a larger picture.
EMIGRANT TRAIL CROSSING OF PRESENT HIGHWAY - As early as 1852 wagon trains of overland emigrants crossed six hundred feet to the north of this monument, into Shasta Valley and Yreka, the monument also marks the point where the 1857 military pass from Fort Crook emerged to join the westward emigrant road.
Location: State Hwy 97 (P.M. 14.5), at Military Pass Rd, 14.5 mi NE of Weed

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Gas Still High.

The gas prices in Weed, CA are the same as they were in Alturas on Monday.

I had to go to Mount Shasta and Tulelake today after finishing my Redding route. I am always in awe of Mount Shasta whenever I see it. It is so beautiful from any angle. The picture above is Mount Shasta seen from hiway 97 coming back into Weed from Macdoel. Click images for a larger picture.

The waterfowl refuge along hiway 161 is always beautiful also. The ducks and geese and other waterfowl are very abundant throughout the refuge.