Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy Camp to Yreka

We had a little more rain and snow yesterday. Coming up Highway 263 from the 96 cutoff to Happy Camp one can see a better definition of the cutouts for the road through the mountain as the snow clings to the rocks. As you reach the top of the climb back towards Yreka you have a brief glimpse of Mount Shasta from a different angle but still with all the beauty of the majestic peaks covered in snow glistening in the sunlight after the rain. The bottom picture shows the fog veiling the snow covered mountains on the way to Happy Camp.
(as always, click on the images to see a larger picture)

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

More Snow

We had a small storm come in and bring some more fresh snow. There was about three inches in Etna (where the deer cross the road) and in Greenview yesterday.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Antlers Bridge Project

I have previously written about this and preliminary work is now starting. They are building a batch plant near the freeway on ramp in Lakehead and have begun cutting and shredding trees and done some other work on the opposite side of the Lake (river).
More information is available in this construction article.
Pictures and info of the current bridge here.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Fresh Snow on Mount Shasta

The sun was finally out today and I was able to get a few shots of Mount Shasta. It is so beautiful from most any angle or position.
(Click image for a better view)

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Car Dogs

Count the dogs in this car I saw in a parking lot today. I found 8 or 9, or at least saw that many as I took the photo. There are three in the back window on the "shelf", two or three in the back seat, one in the driver's seat and one or two in the front passenger seat. The weather and reflections don't help the visibility.
(click the image to enlarge the picture for a better view)

Monday, December 14, 2009

Frozen Trout Pond

Last week I was up in Hornbrook making deliveries and the sun was coming through the trees, reflecting off the water spray and the frozen pond.

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Saturday, December 12, 2009

Small Snowstorm

We had a a small snowstorm yesterday morning and through part of the day. Pictures are in order of my travel up I-5 to Yreka. There was rain in Redding and then snow started falling past the Pit River Bridge over Lake Shasta. The pictures from top to bottom are: downtown Yreka, pickup spun out and facing traffic near Weed, freeway entrance from Weed Rest Area, I-5 near Dunsmuuir, and I-5 near Lakehead.
(as always, click the image for a larger picture)

Friday, December 11, 2009

Lamb Dogs

This tough lamb guy thinks he is one of the "bad dogs". Walks right up with them, but doesn't bark yet. This is from one of my stops last week.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Redding sets record low temperature

The Redding Municipal Airport hit 16 degrees Wednesday morning, setting an all-time low and wreaking a little havoc on local plumbing.

The previous low - 17 degrees - was set on Jan. 13, 1930, and was matched on Dec. 21, 1990, according to the National Weather Service.

Meanwhile, the Redding area will experience another day of unseasonably cold and clear weather before clouds move in and bring a chance of rain later this week.

Just like Tuesday and Wednesday, there is a freeze warning for the area, with widespread frost expected before 9 a.m. today.

Tonight brings a 30 percent chance of rain for the far northern Sacramento Valley, according to the National Weather Service. Along with rain, the storm should bring warmer temperatures.

"The storm coming over the weekend will warm us up a little," said Angus Barkhuff, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service office in Sacramento.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Frozen Logs and Sprinklers

We had quite a drop in the temperature yesterday and a little snow also. The high temperature in some of the northern cities was in the low 20s. They always keep the sprinklers running on the stacks of cut logs to keep them wet so they are easier to mill. The water from the sprinklers is frozen into a "fan" shape on the top of the rows of logs. In some of the 'close ups' you see them better. These stacks are in Weed at the Roseburg Mill. You can also see one of the huge log movers in the lot. It carries about a truckload of logs at one time.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Christmas Trees

They have been bringing loads of Christmas (NOT "Holiday") trees down I-5 for a few weeks now. They secure their loads much tighter than they used to. You could always find a nice tree alongside I-5 as they "bounced" out of the trucks when traveling over rough sections of roadway.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Heavy Loads

So what are they really hauling? I see a lot of trucks carrying these huge sections of something almost every day going north on I-5. Not sure what they are or what they are for. Looks like sections of a wall or something similar.
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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Downtown Deer

The deer continue to frequent the yards and streets in Yreka.
The bucks are even coming closer now as mating season draws near.
(as always, click image for a larger picture)

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Big Logs

I usually see quite a few log trucks each day on my route except for winter time. They usually have anywhere from 8 to 20 logs on the load depending on the size of the trees being harvested.
This guy has "one big tree" with only three sections on the load.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

For Bill and Janet Harsh, Thanksgiving is more than just a holiday. It's an opportunity to give thanks to the truckers who provide their livelihood. The couple, the one-time owners of the Pollard Flat USA restaurant and truck stop, have for the past 28 years provided Thanksgiving dinner - free of charge - to truckers. They sold the restaurant to their youngest son Daniel Harsh and his wife Rebekah several years ago. They have continued the tradition, and Bill and Janet Harsh still work at the truck stop part time. "This highway provides for us all year," Bill Harsh said. "This gives us a chance to say thanks. The stories that we hear from truckers wanting to be home with their families make us want to make them a part of ours." Last year, the family served 150 people. Bill Harsh said that was slow.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Some Fresh Snow

We had a bit of snow from this last storm Friday. Some pictures are following. The first is the Mott Road exit, then cal trans headquarters, a Mount Shasta exit, Forest Mountain peak near Fort Jones, and a small herd of deer in town in Yreka.
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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

A little snowstorm

As I was passing through Mount Shasta City on I-5 this afternoon the rain turned to snow at a fairly low level. I am certain that Mount Shasta was receiving some new snow at higher elevations.
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Monday, November 16, 2009

Lenticular Clouds

I saw some pretty interesting clouds Monday near Mount Shasta and a few more as the sun was setting near Callahan. Some would say they look like flying saucers.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Little Shasta Church

I had a delivery out past Montague towards Harry Cash Road and always pass this little old church. It looks so special sitting there on a cloudy day.
(as always, click image for a larger picture)

Friday, November 6, 2009

Shasta Lake man who helped build Antlers Bridge attends groundbreaking for its replacement

I travel across the Antlers Bridge twice a day, Monday through Friday. They are going to build a new one that will be done in 2014. Here is a bit of the news.

Myrl Moxley, 89, shakes hands with Eric Akana, project manager with the California Department of Transportation, and Joseph Porra, Caltrans construction representative, during the groundbreaking ceremony Thursday for the new I-5 bridge at Antlers Bay boat ramp. Moxley helped construct the existing bridge 69 years ago as a concrete batch plant worker.

"That bridge will last another 100 years," the Shasta Lake man said matter-of-factly.

It was clear Thursday that Moxley didn't like the idea of seeing something that he'd dumped sweat into as a young adult get torn down.

Moxley was on hand to watch as local leaders, highway officials and community members participated in a rainy groundbreaking ceremony at the Antlers boat ramp on Lake Shasta's Sacramento arm.

When it's finished in 2014, the new 1,942-foot-long, 104-foot-wide, five-lane span will support the 47,500 cars, trucks and big rigs that pass through that stretch of I-5 on its busiest travel days. The old bridge will be torn down.

Officials lauded the project Thursday as a boon for the community of Lakehead, which has been economically struggling in recent years because of low lake levels and high gas prices.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Town Deer

I had my usual deliveries in Yreka today plus some others close by. These 5 deer did not even get up to greet me but stayed in the yard next door minding their own business.
(as always, click image for a larger picture)

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Sawyer's Bar

I had another of my monthly trips to beautiful Sawyer's Bar, California. I must say it is quite a drive (about an hour from Etna) and the roads were clear today, not much traffic. I am not looking forward to driving this road in the snow. They don't use those "guard rails" that are on some of the mountain roads near here. Some wild turkeys were in the road near Etna on my return trip.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

I-5 Accident Ahead

Friday morning there was an accident on I-5 northbound just before Grenada. Thankfully it was almost completely cleaned up and only one lane was still blocked when I passed by. Looks as if the second trailer in a set of doubles caught fire.
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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Road Construction

I had some deliveries in Seiad Valley and Happy Camp today and had to wait quite some time in both directions as the road crew had the Seiad Valley Road pretty well blocked.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Lenticular Clouds Forming

I noticed a large lenticular cloud forming on Mount Shasta on Friday of last week. It looks like a giant cap as it forms.
(as always, click image for a larger picture)