Tuesday, September 30, 2008


I want to get some photos of the small town cemeteries as I see them along my route. This cemetery is Winema Cemetery in Weed, CA. This small cemetery sits along California Street in Weed, California.

Monday, September 29, 2008

For Stocks, Worst Single-Day Drop in Two Decades

At least my route didn't go down Wall Street today. It was the Black Monday of 2008.

Stocks fell by nearly 9 percent on Monday — the worst single-day drop in two decades — after the government’s bailout plan, touted by its supporters as a balm for the current market stress, failed to pass the House of Representatives, setting off a fresh wave of anxious selling.

In yet another day that has shaken the embattled canyons of Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrials fell 777.68 points after it became clear that the legislation could not muster the support it needed to pass the House.

The broadest measure of the American stock market, the Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index, fell 8.77 percent, its biggest drop since October 1987. The Nasdaq composite index fell by more than 9 percent, after the House defeated the bill by a vote of 228-205.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Running out of water...

I had a delivery in OBrien at the Holiday Harbor Resort and Marina, the only problem was the lack of water in the lake at the marina.
The lake level is quite low this year with very little rainfall in the forecast for the near future. (Click picture for larger image)

Measured on: September 22, 2008
(This is not today's date.)

Shasta Lake water level: 919.36 feet
(Elevation above sea level - Full lake is 1067 feet)

Distance from dam crest: 147.64 feet
(Drawdown, feet from the top)

Historic note: During the drought in 1977 Shasta Lake was at its lowest level ever recorded. In September of that year Shasta Lake was down 238 feet from the top.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Red Rock Mountain

I pass this mountain side each week when traveling to Alturas. It is on the grade to Big Valley Summit. Looks like it is the same stuff red rock at the garden centers is made of.
Click image for photosnth view.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Remembering...We will Never forget.

For four hours today heads were bowed at Ground Zero in New York, as the names of all 2,974 victims were read out in memorial to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

Not since Pearl Harbor has such a terrible thing been visited upon us. We must never forget the horrible destruction, the thousands who died. Those people did not deserve to perish. They were simply the victims of random terrorism.

The scenes in this video are horrible. But these are things we cannot forget. They remind us that the terrorists must be crushed, wherever they are. For, given the chance, they will surely attack us again.

Today is the seventh anniversary of the day the terrorists attacked. The World Trade Center destroyed, the Pentagon devastated, the plane crash in Pennsylvania. This video is a tribute to those whose lives were lost. And it’s a chance to remember those left behind.

God Bless America

This has been kept alive and moving since 9/11. In memory of all those who perished this morning; the passengers and the pilots on the United Air and AA flights, the workers in the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, and all the innocent bystanders Our prayers go out to the friends and families of the deceased.


If I knew it would be the last time
That I'd see you fall asleep,
I would tuck you in more tightly
and pray the Lord, your soul to keep.

If I knew it would be the last time
that I see you walk out the door,
I would give you a hug and kiss
and call you back for one more

If I knew it would be the last tim e
I'd hear y our voice lifted up in praise,
I would video tape each action and word,
so I could play them back day after day.

If I knew it would be the last time
I could spare an extra minute
to stop and say 'I love you,'
instead of assuming you would KNOW I do.

If I knew it would be the last time
I would be there to share your day,
Well I'm sure you'll have so many more,
so I can let just this one slip away.

For surely there's always tomorrow
to make up for an oversight,
and we always get a second chance
to make everything just right.

There will l always be another day
to say 'I love you,'
And certainly there's another chance
to say our 'Anything I can do?'

But just in case I might be wrong,
and today is all I get,
I'd like to say how much I love you
and I hope we never forget.

Tomorrow is not promised to anyoneyoung or old alike,
And today may be the last chance
you get to hold your loved one tight.

So if you're waiting for tomorrow,
why not do it today?
For if tomorrow never comes,
you' ll surely regret the day,

That you didn't take that extra time
for a smile, a hug, or a kiss
and you were too busy to grant someone,
what turned out to be their one last wish.

So hold your loved ones close today,
and whisper in their ear,
Tell them how much you love them
and that you'll always hold them dear

Take time to say 'I'm sorry,'
'Please forgive me,' 'Thank you,' or 'It's okay.'
And if tomorrow never comes,
you'll have no regrets about today.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

More Small Towns

Today I had a couple of deliveries east of Redding to the small town of Oak Run. Another tiny, but efficient Post Office and a great little country store.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Modoc County Court House

Another beautiful historic building in Alturas. It was built in 1914.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Cedarville Today

Today I went all the way to Cedarville (Yes, it is Nevada on the right of the dotted line). I haven't been there in a while. I love the mountains when you are leaving town right before the grade. (much prettier with snow though) Quite a climb in the winter as it is almost 6200 feet at the top.
Click picture for a close up view.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

More Helicopters

I had my usual Friday night run to the airport and got to see another of the bigger helicopters. This Columbia is a work horse. The back is open to load cargo and other big 'stuff'.
Click image for a larger picture.

Lake Shasta's water level looks to fall to 16-year low

After hitting a 15-year low last year, Lake Shasta has dropped lower this year and is still dropping. "It's going down and it's going down about a quarter of a foot a day," said Sheri Harral, a spokeswoman for the Bureau of Reclamation. By Friday, the lake was at 138.5 feet below its high-water mark, she said. Last year, the lake bottomed out in late December about 127 feet below the high-water mark. This year it will end up considerably lower.

"We are probably going to end up being at 150, 155 feet down," Harral said. The last time the lake dropped to 155 feet below the crest was in 1992, according to Bureau records. In the 16 years since, it has dropped to 100 feet below six times. Although Shasta Dam was completed in 1943, it wasn't filled to capacity until 1945. Since then the all-time low for the reservoir was recorded in 1977, when it dropped to 230 feet below the high-water mark.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Obsidian Needles

My route went up to Davis Creek again this past Tuesday. I had a delivery at the local store/Post office combination and spoke to the clerk about some boxes of strange looking 'stuff'. The stuff turned out to be "Obsidian needles" which are 'mined' or dug nearby.

Obsidian is a rock that forms when certain types of lava cool very quickly above ground. It is an actual glass, only formed naturally. Obsidian is not uncommon, but the lava flow that produced these needles was very pure and made glass of an exceptional quality. Obsidian Needles are rare. They are naturally formed from the Obsidian bedrock under poorly understood conditions, an interlocking mass of broken needles, boulders, and a few intact needles.

The needle in this image is almost actual size (before it is enlarged - click image to view a larger picture with more detail)