DROUGHT YEAR 2015 – MOUNT SHASTA AND LAKE SHASTA:
Driving south from Oregon, we were shocked by the lack of snow on Mount Shasta. Mount Shasta showed bare rocky slopes with zero snow pack. The perpetual snow cone is gone until the drought is over.
In the grip of a historic drought, California’s Shasta Lake Reservoir has shrunken and shriveled over the past few years. In 2015, the lake dropped all the way down to just 29 percent of capacity. Traveling over Highway I-5 Bridge, it was alarming to look down and see massive areas of dry shoreline.
WHISKEYTOWN NATIONAL RECREATION AREA WATERFALL:
Steve’s niece Jessa Kandybe and Patty hiked to the 220 feet tall Whiskeytown Falls on the James K. Carr Trail. This trail is a former logging road. During the 1950s; Douglas Fir, Ponderosa Pine, Sugar Pine and Incense Cedar trees were select-cut out of the forest.
The trail ascends steadily uphill, moving away from the east fork of Crystal Creek. The path leads through a steep ravine and approaches a footbridge over Crystal Creek. Plants such as shade-loving ferns and mosses as well as white alder and big leaf maple trees flourish at the base of Whiskeytown Falls. It was a beautiful hike and fun to photograph the bridge and waterfall.
REDDING CALIFORNIA PAINTING DEBBIE’S HOUSE:
Steve and Patty parked the RV at Steve’s sister Debbie’s driveway in Shasta Lake City, outside of Redding California. Steve repaired and painted the exterior of Debbie’s home. The ‘Habitat for Family’ Project was a success. While we were there, Patricia drove from Grants Pass to throw a 60th birthday party for her sister Debbie. She stayed and picked up a paintbrush and became the master at trim painting.
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