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.

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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.
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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.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Potatoes and Onions

I must have passed 100's of semi trucks hauling onions the past several weeks on my route to the north and then to the Tulelake area on Highway 97. Onion harvest has been going on for some time now. The potatoes are also being harvested as Tulelake is also a large potato producing area. The best potatoes, grains, onions, horseradish, sugar beets, mint, and hay are grown in the basin's fertile soils.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Another Little Post Office

My route on Wednesday went further to the West. I had deliveries in Callahan and Fort Jones besides my regular stops. The Post Office in Callahan is another old time favorite. It is a portion of the old historic building located right on Highway 3. Callahan is a small community of about 50 people. (Click image to see the big picture.)

Saturday, October 11, 2008

More Snow

Yesterday on my way to Dorris from Weed there were plenty of clouds and some snow flurries. The snow was there but not sticking to the ground. Or so I thought. At only 4000 feet I noticed the hill in the picture ("the Whaleback"). Looks like fresh snow to me. The air was quite a bit colder than Redding was when I left that morning on my route. (Click picture for larger image)

Another Small Post Office

I had deliveries to the Post Office in Castella, CA. on Friday. Another nice little small town post office. The town of Castella sits just south of Castle Crags State Park, a few miles south of Dunsmuir.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Fresh Snow

Our little "rain shower" from Friday produced some nice fresh snow for Mount Shasta. It is always so beautiful as the fresh snow starts to appear each year.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Shasta Lake

I had a chance to stop by Bridge Bay Marina and get some photos from a different location. They are grouped in a "photosynth to give you a panoramic view of how low the lake is at this point. Click the image to see the photosynth.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Still Lower Lake Levels

More than 50 feet of the head tower once used to move buckets of concrete in the construction of Shasta Dam rises above Lake Shasta’s surface due to low water levels. The head tower was partially dismantled after the dam was built and reappears when the lake drops 90 feet below the high-water line.

Lake Shasta last week dropped to 150 feet below its high-water mark, putting it well on track to break the 155-foot mark set in 1992. The lowest the lake ever dipped was in 1977, when the lake dropped to 230 feet below the high-water mark.

There's more than just muddy flip-flops and busted lawn chairs emerging from the depths of Lake Shasta as the reservoir drops to its lowest levels in 16 years. Old bridges, train trestles, tunnels and the foundations from towns long-drowned have begun to pop out of the lake's muddy depths. One such relic from Shasta County's pre-lake past even has taken on a new life. A bridge from Highway 99, the precursor to Interstate 5, was being used last week as a makeshift low-water boat ramp at Antlers Resort & Marina near Lakeshore Drive in Lakehead.The half-submerged bridge was nearly 100 years old, and that once Model Ts rumbled back and forth across its deck.

Central Pacific Railroad tunnel No. 6 along the muddy banks of the Sacramento River near Lakeshore Drive in Lakehead has become visible due to Lake Shasta’s low lake levels.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Little Shasta Cemetery

Yesterday my route went from Redding to Weed to Dorris to Little Shasta to Montague, etc. etc. On my way to Montague from Dorris I stopped at this little old cemetery. Very nice,and very old. The sign says 1868 and I noticed some markers that had some very old dates.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Lake Levels

The houseboats can still float around here at Bridge Bay Marina but the lake level is now almost 150 feet below the crest. We do have a little rain scheduled for tomorrow but we will need a very wet winter to refill this huge lake.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Round the Mountain

I had quite a loop on my route today. After some stops in Lakehead, Dunsmuir and McCloud, I had a few in Weed. I went to Gazelle, Callahan, Etna and Fort Jones around the back way. The picture is a view from Gazelle-Callahan road about half way up the mountain. The map shows the loop, starting in Weed, then to Gazelle, Callahan, Etna and Fort Jones, ending in Yreka and back on I-5 for the trip home. The "A" marker is one of the stops on the way.
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