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