Monday, November 15, 2010

Late, but he made it.

I had a chance to go see the little electric car drive in at Turtle Bay
and the Sundial Bridge this afternoon. Redding Electric and some tv media were also on hand, as well as a handful of curious observers.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

A race around the world goes through Redding.

That’s because it’s three electric vehicles competing in the Zero Race, a sprint involving electric, zero-emission motors. The trio is speeding across the globe, having already put Europe and Asia behind them, to circle the Earth in just 80 days of driving. Along the way, the teams are spreading the word of environmentally friendly vehicles to towns where they stop — including Redding on Monday.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Stone Roads - the end of the trail

My good friend Red recently retired last month. His blog is here. ( He told me I had to wait for him, then I could go. I respect my elders so that was done. Now it is my turn. I also worked for GSO for a little over four years.

Like Red, I give my Creator all the credit for keeping me safe on the roads I have traveled these past four years. Thank God I never had a breakdown any where far from help. I have seen the beauty of His creation day after day as I traveled through the valleys, over the hills, across the rivers and past the waterfalls. One of my special favorites is Mount Shasta. If you search through the blog I have hundreds of photos of that mountain in every season and from every direction. It is beautiful and breathtaking.

Thanks for following along with me on the stone roads and stay tuned, you never know when it will start again...

Friday, October 15, 2010

Antlers Bridge Project Update

Work continues on the new bridge on both the south and north sides of the lake. (as always, click image for a larger picture)

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

No Mo Sno

The snow is just about gone from the south and west sides of Mount Shasta. There is still a bit on the backsides. With the cooler temperatures it won't take much rain to bring the snow cap back.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Pink Cow Statue

A large metal cow sits to the east of I-5 northbound lanes, south of Yreka, north of Grenada. Creator is Ralph Starritt, who lives in Yreka and is a well-known artist. He is also the sculptor of the Yreka Dragon (here). They use the cow to promote several events throughout the year. Right now I would guess it is the "Breast Cancer Awareness" program.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Lake Level Dropping

The lake level at Shasta Lake continues to drop as autumn works its way into winter. The current level (as of 10.08.10) is 1019.98 feet, a full lake is about 1067 feet.

The picture below is with a full lake this spring...

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

More Street Deer

Yreka seems to have more than its share of street deer. I saw several today on different streets and resting on people's front yards.
(remember to click pictures for a larger image)

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

High in the Hills

I had a delivery so far up in the hills I was next to a cell phone tower in Lakehead off Gibson road. There was quite a view down to I-5 from here.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Mr. Buffalo

I saw my favorite Buffalo out on Mill Creek Road near Fort Jones today. He has a larger family now. I also saw a couple of calves and a few cows.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Mom and Twins

Saw this mom deer and her twins again last week having lunch on a lawn in Yreka.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Tulelake Onion Harvest

Fields and fields of onions being harvested in Tulelake. The tractors pull machiery that "rows" the onions and another tractor comes and picks the onions up and deposits them in waiting trucks following along. (look closely behind the foreground tractor in the second image after enlarging it)

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Automated "Flagger"

Well two cal-trans sign holders must have gotten replaced by a mechanical road traffic controller on the bridge construction project on HWY 273 just north of Yreka.
Look closely and you can see their "ghost" next to the orange cone.

(Actually it is a bug spot on the windshield.)

Monday, September 27, 2010

Antlers Bridge Construction Continues

The work on the new bridge is progressing as the water level of the lake recedes.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Busy Place

The Fairchild Hospital had a lot of CHP vehicles near the ambulance emergency entrance the other day. Not sure what was going on.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

So Awesome!

Mount Shasta is always so beautiful.
(click image to enlarge picture)

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Takes Two to Hold The Sign

I know those signs are real heavy, oops, forgot they have a pole hooked to them. Must be a supervisor watching him.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Some Rain and Fresh Snow

We had a small rain storm Saturday night in Redding and Mount Shasta City had about one inch of rain. Mount Shasta itself got a coating of fresh snow at higher elevations. This afternoon it looked like it was floating on clouds.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Old Trucks

I saw this old truck parked in a field off E. Louie Road near Montague last Friday.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

More Lawn Deer

Saw this young deer on Yama Street in Yreka on Friday.

Friday, September 17, 2010

I-5 Accident in Redding

There was an accident on I-5 southbound as I entered Shasta Lake City coming home last night. Looks like a fifth wheel on it's side blocking most of the three southbound lanes.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Cattails Near Montague

Common Cattails are a familiar sight along the shore of any marsh, pond, lake, or river. They can even be found in ditches.

Cattails are tall, stiff plants, growing almost ten feet tall. The leaves look like giant blades of grass, about one inch wide. The flower has two parts; a brown cylinder (the female part), and a yellow spike (the male part).

Cattails are usually found in a dense stand (many together).

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Old Barns and Old Bridges

I had to take a short cut using Louis Road to get to Lake Shastina from Gazelle and it has a nice old bridge, and an old barn by some dead trees and is quite photogenic. Note that when you click the link for Louis Road above that it is a new, split view with the map and an image from the Google "street view". Both the image and the map are "interactive". I love new technology.
(as always, click image for a larger picture)

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Antlers Bridge Project

They are building big stuff now. They are working hard as the water level continues to drop in the lake. The level is at 1026 feet today.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

House on the Hill

I had a delivery last week to this house high above Shasta Lake.
You can see the house from the I-5 freeway.
The second picture is looking from the house to the lake.

Friday, September 3, 2010

More Lawn Deer

I saw this mom deer and her twin fawns again on Yama Street in Yreka yesterday. They must live nearby because I see them quite often.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Fresh Snow

Mount Shasta received a "dusting" of fresh snow from our little summer rainstorm and temperature drop last week. Remember that Mount Shasta is over 14,000 feet tall so it is much colder up there.
(click image for a larger picture)

Cutting Hay

I love the smell of fresh cut alfalfa hay. The ranchers are busy growing, watering, cutting and baling hay as the season progresses.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Another Photographer

I found another guy that takes pictures through the windshield as he drives...

Strange Weather

Within three days we have had the hottest day, then some rain then the coolest day. Saturday, with rare rain for this time of year, was the coolest day for August 28, setting a new record at 66 degrees. The previous coolest day was 78 degrees in 1927. Last Thursday it was 110 degrees in Redding.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Oh Dear, More Deer

I had some deliveries in Etna yesterday and was on a little dirt/gravel road that had several deer resting in the shade of the few trees available along the road. Of course, they jump up and run as soon as a vehicle approaches.
(as always, click image for a larger picture)

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Oreo Cows

Saw these big oreos in a field near Gazelle.

The Belted Galloway is a rare beef breed of cattle originating from Galloway in South West Scotland, adapted to living on the poor upland pastures and windswept moorlands of the region. The exact origin of the breed is unclear although it is often surmised that the white belt that distinguishes these cattle from the native black Galloway cattle may be as a result of cross breeding with Dutch Lakenvelder belted cattle.

Belted Galloways are primarily raised for their quality marbled beef, although they are sometimes milked and purchased to adorn pastures due to their striking appearance. In the US these cows are often informally known as "police car cows,""panda cows" or "Oreo cows" after the Oreo cookie.