Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Fresh Snow on Mount Shasta

The recent cold front that dropped our temperature 30 degrees in the last few days also brought some freezing temperatures to the mountains and some fresh snow to Mount Shasta. The pictures were taken on Wednesday from Weed with the moon, from Gazelle on highway 99 and
the last one was from I-5 southbound in Mount Shasta City.
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Monday, September 28, 2009

Wonder Dog

I saw this dog in Mount Shasta today looking out of the second story window and the way the curtain was laying on his back it looked like a cape. I had to make a U-turn and go back to get this picture of the "Wonder Dog"
watching the neighborhood to keep it safe for another day.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

A Few Changes in the Weather

Wow, 110 degrees today and in a few days we will drop 35 degrees, and then a few more days and we will have some rain.
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Log Trucks and Onions

I still see plenty of log trucks and now they have started hauling onions from the Tulelake area to the processing facility.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Shasta Dam and Shasta Lake

It has been awhile since I had a delivery to the dam but I did today. You couldn't see Mount Shasta as the snow is almost gone and it was a hazy day. Mount Shasta is in the bottom picture taken yesterday on my route near Jackson Ranch Road.
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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Big Rig Down the Mountain

Monday morning I saw the highway patrol and a couple big rig tow trucks retrieve this man's truck from the side of the mountain.

A Los Angeles man suffered serious injuries Sunday morning when he jumped from his big rig as it tumbled down a steep slope on Interstate 5 near Turntable Bay Road north of Redding.

Rigoberto Guitierrez, 52, was the driver of the southbound big rig, said officer John Crouch of the California Highway Patrol. After rescuers pulled him up about 100 feet on a stretcher with ropes, an ambulance took Guitierrez to Mercy Medical Center in Redding.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Big Bale Maker

A while back I wrote about "Got Hay?" with some pictures of hay fields and some large and small bales and some rolled hay. Today I got a chance to take a picture of a baler that makes the "jumbo" bales.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Underpass Grafitti as a Message Board

It seems the locals use this railroad underpass structure as a message board, or bulletin board. It is changed frequently and is quite interesting. It is located a few hundred feet from the intersection of Abrams Road and N. Old Stage Road in Mount Shasta, Ca.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Always Beautiful

I came home a little later last night and as I passed Mount Shasta I had to stop and take a picture. The snow is almost gone now but Mount Shasta is always beautiful. This is from the I-5 Southbound on ramp at Abrams Road.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Mini Western Town in Etna

I drive past this "little town" every so often when going to Etna or Callahan. It has some cute little buildings, but they are large enough to enter.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

$1m Deer Warning System Finished

(Story from June, 2009)
The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is about to install a new warning system on a rural stretch of Highway 3 in Siskiyou County, in an effort to keep deer, mountain lions, bears and elk out of the path of oncoming traffic. This summer, highway crews will begin work installing a series of cameras, radar sensors and signs over a one-mile stretch of the highway near Fort Jones. If a deer or other large animal crosses the path of one of the interconnecting radar beams, an electronic signal triggers lights attached to deer-crossing signs.

“The lights flash to warn motorists of the danger possibly standing in their path,” says Ian Turnbull, chief of intelligent transportation systems and support at Caltrans' Redding office. Motorists strike at least 60 deer a year in that particular 8km (5 miles) stretch of highway. “This is a particularly bad deer-kill area,” Turnbull says. “It is one of the worst in the district. There's also a group of folks in the Fort Jones area who were concerned about it. They were actually talking about putting up their own warning signs.”

Turnbull says that vehicles will also be tracked by the sensors. Motion-activated radar and video will track the speed of oncoming cars to see if the flashing lights actually cause motorists to slow down. Caltrans has paid US$168,000 for the project's deer-tracking infrastructure. The car-tracking technology has been provided by the California PATH (Partners for Advanced Transit and Highways) program. Only four such systems have been installed in the USA, with several more planned. In 2006, the State Farm Insurance Company cited annual figures of 1.5 million animal-vehicle collisions, with over US$1 billion in damages. As many as 10,000 injuries and more than 200 fatalities are reported annually, according to the Insurance Information Institute for Highway Safety.
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