Monday, August 31, 2009

More Lenticular Clouds

I was in Mount Shasta today and saw another lenticular cloud forming over the peak of Mount Shasta. Basically a cloudless day but these clouds form on their own. The second picture was from August 2, 2009, when it happened also. (click photos for a larger image)

Friday, August 28, 2009

The New 49ers Gold Store

I have had deliveries in Happy Camp a few times this week and had one to the "New 49ers" headquarters. A nice place with plenty of gold panning and dredging supplies and good people to help you with your questions. The Klamath River has dropped to new summer lows so the gold dredgers and panners are still in the water searching for their treasures.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Hard Working Crews

More "shovel ready" jobs from Obama I guess.
Seems they lost the shovels though, maybe they are going to look for them...

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Mountaingate Fire

Today there was a fire on the west side of I-5 southbound near Mountaingate, California. I saw the helicopters working with the water bags as I drove past and got a couple of quick shots through the windshield. (as always, click image for a larger picture)

A couple of photos from the newspaper on Thursday:

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

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Welcome to Yreka...

Monday, August 24, 2009

Old Stage Road

It seems that Oregon Street in Hornbrook used to be the stage route during the 1800's.
Saw this old sign next to the Henley and Hornbrook Cemetery.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Freeway Jumper Subdued by Police.

This morning as I drove up I-5 north I noticed some happenings on the overpass near the Mountain Gate exit. Later I found the following story in the Redding paper..

"Officers have subdued a man who threatened northbound Interstate 5 traffic when he poised himself to jump off the Mountain Gate/Wonderland overpass. The man was standing on his vehicle with a box cutter in his hand, poised to jump down onto northbound I-5, according to initial dispatch reports. The man has been taken into police custody."

I didn't get my camera out in time but did make it past the overpass before the highway patrol shut down the freeway in both directions until the situation was over.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

More Cal Trans Money Spent

While the new cable barriers installed between Anderson and Redding along Interstate 5 are being touted as the first of their kind in California, those who remember the old strung-cable medians from decades past worry about the new barrier's safety.

"It serves as a launch" to catapult a vehicle, said Richard Alexander, a San Jose attorney who sued the California Department of Transportation in 2004 over the cable medians along Interstate 80 east of Sacramento. "It'll actually provide a pivot point" for flipping a vehicle over the cables.

Alexander represented the family of a woman killed in a wreck in which a car was launched into the air after hitting the cable barrier along I-80 and landing in the opposite lane of traffic.

They settled out of court, Alexander said, and the cable, which Caltrans had been dismantling since 2001, was removed from I-80 by 2005.

"I was told that was the last section of old cable barriers in the United States," Alexander said.

Rochelle Jenkins, Caltrans spokeswoman for District 3, which stretches from Sacramento to the Nevada border, said the barriers being installed in the north state are significantly better than their predecessors.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Got Hay?

Hay Season continues for a little while longer as the ranchers continue to grow, water, cut, rake and bale the hay. There are regular size bales, jumbo bales, and the old fashion hay rolls. Hay is grown throughout my area of travel including Tulelake, Eagleville, Adin, Fort Jones, Etna, etc. Types of hay include alfalfa, Timothy, wheat hay, oat hay, and grass hay.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Up The Coast

I had a chance to travel up the coast to Anacortes, Washington and then to the San Juan Islands. We went to Friday Harbor, Roche Harbor and Jones Island. Here are a few shots of the harbors and islands. As always, click images for a larger picture.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Eagle's Nest

There is an eagle's nest just off Ager/Copco Road in Hornbrook that sits atop a utility pole. The structure looks as if it was built to keep the eagles off the poles and crossbars themselves.
(as always, click the image for a larger picture)

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Obama the "Joker"

POSTERS that depict United States President Barack Obama as the villainous Joker from the Batman films have mysteriously appeared on the streets of Los Angeles, stirring up heated debate.

Some find the posters - which come with the tag 'Socialism' and show Mr Obama with eyeshadow, green hair and white face paint - racist. Others think Mr Obama is being branded a mad anarchist, an apt description of the Joker character played by Heath Ledger in the 2008 Batman film, The Dark Knight.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Finally Finished With the Hot July.

July temperatures in the north state traditionally range from baking to blistering.So newcomers and old-timers alike who survived last month's inferno can rest assured that July was even hotter than usual on average, despite a mild spell early in the month. Redding hit 113 degrees, beating a mark set in 1973 by a single digit. Red Bluff broiled to 112 degrees, topping a record set six years ago by a single degree.

Afternoon highs averaged 100.5 degrees even with a nine-day stretch of unseasonably mild high 80s and low 90s from July 5 through July 13. Redding sweated through 21 triple-digit afternoons last month, including an unbroken streak of 17 days of 100 degrees or higher that went from July 14 through Thursday. Last month delivered more triple-digit highs than any July since 2005, which boasted 24 such days.

July 1988 remains the brute in recent memory. Top temperatures averaged 103.42 degrees that month and hit 118 degrees, the city's all-time high. Records going back to the 19th century indicate even hotter July weather in 1922, 1931 and 1935, when Redding kept its official weather stats close to downtown. August can be just as hot as July in the north state. Red Bluff recorded a Death Valley-esque 121 degrees on Aug. 7, 1981, for the region's all-time top temperature.