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Jul 27, 2009 - Trying to Stay Cool

The weather is hot…hot…hot…here in Susanville with temperatures in the mid-90s everyday. We’re trying to stay cool by either relaxing under a shade tree before the day really heats up or going to the library to read. There is no place in or surrounding Susanville to escape from the heat. During the past week, we’ve spent either the evenings or early mornings washing and waxing the RV. We’re finally done. Art also did other maintenance like washing the rubber roof, re-caulking the windows and putting together a sewer hose compartment....

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Jul 17, 2009 - Then and Now

I’ve always been fascinated by “then and now” photos. Whenever I am in a new area, I find myself wondering how the area might have looked “back then” and enjoy museums that have photos depicting the “then and now.” The depot had an interesting old photo from the late 1920s of a large trestle bridge and an old highway bridge located about seven miles from Susanville at an area known as Devil’s Corral. I was told that both bridges are still standing and on the Bizz (rails-to-trail) path, so we decided to take a drive and walk that part of the...

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Jul 12, 2009 - The Other Side of Susanville

We were sitting outside after cleaning the picnic area when a car with a boomer-aged couple drove into the overflow parking area where our rig is located. I was about to walk over to the couple thinking that they needed some assistance when I heard the man say “I heard there is an NPR-loving, left-leaning, tree hugging San Francisco Bay area couple hosting this summer.” My reply: “Yep, that is us but who are you?” Well, Janice and Kevin live in Susanville and Kevin was the director of the Lassen Land Trust for a couple of years. He and his...

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Jul 9, 2009 - A Trip to McArthur-Burney Falls

Art and I have done our share of hiking along rivers, streams and to waterfalls and have seen so many beautiful places during our hikes. When a Susanville local suggested that we take a trip to McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park, site of a 129 foot, two-tiered waterfall that plunges into a large pond which he said was absolutely gorgeous, I was skeptical. Nevertheless, we made the road trip and I was pleasantly surprised. The falls were beautiful and accessible to all from a short walk from the parking lot. Evidence of the work done...

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Jul 6, 2009 - Bloggers Meet Face-to-Face

I subscribe to and read about a dozen blogs written by RVers. Some of these blogs are written by RVers we’ve met during our travels. It is our way of keeping in touch with what our fellow travelers are doing. Some of the blogs I’ve found were through the website HitchItch. I read blogs because the folks are writing about areas that interest us, or they have the same type of trailer we own or the content is educational in nature. I’ve been following one blog since its inception about four years ago and this week we finally met the bloggers!...

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Jun 29, 2009 - Hobo Camp Visitors

Susanville is a small city of many contrasts. Unlike our stick house neighborhood with its strict home owner association rules which keep much of the development looking the same, there is nothing like that here in Susanville. You’ll see restored Victorian-style homes next to small houses that look like they’ve seen better days. You’ll see newly-built 3,500 square foot houses overlooking not only the Susan River canyon but homes that have beat up cars on the front lawn that look like lawn ornaments. There are also a lot of people who keep...

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Jun 22, 2009 - Musical Chairs at the DMV

(Art writing) We went to the Susanville DMV office today to take care of my license and the registration for the RV. The first thing we see in the office is a picture of the Three Stooges (and there are three counters). OK, we see 6 people sitting in plastic chairs all lined up against the wall. We stood there trying to figure out if there was a ticket we should be taking or wait and ask the person behind the desk. The customer talking to the clerk finishes and leaves the counter. All of a sudden everyone gets up and moves to the next seat....

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Jun 19, 2009 - What’s Over The Hill?

We’ve had a rough 1-1/2 weeks. I caught a miserable cold and then passed it on to Art. Then, the first day that I was feeling better I went outside and twisted my ankle while walking through the picnic area. I thought that maybe I fractured or broke it but it seems to be healing ever so slowly. After a week and half we both were a bit worn down but needed to get out, so we took a drive to see “what’s over the hill.” We visited Westwood, a town 25 miles west of Susanville with a population of about 1,000. Westwood is also at the other end of...

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Jun 12, 2009 - The Mechanical Woodpecker

While we were workamping in Arizona, we were subjected to the conversation-stopping noise of F-16 jets as they flew over the resort during their training runs. Here in Susanville, we have a different kind of noise that echoes through the canyon from what I call our Mechanical Woodpecker. Starting at around 6:30a and stopping almost precisely at 5pm, there is a near-constant tap-tap-tap-tap-tap-tap-tap. This tapping noise comes from machinery drilling into the hard rock along SR36 in order to make room for a paved shoulder so that cyclists...

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Jun 7, 2009 - 150 third-graders and a Caboose

Art and I don’t have children (by choice). We’ve never been around kids very much. As a teen, I wasn’t one of those girls who babysat. So, when Stan called us to ask for our help in leading caboose tours for 150 third graders over two mornings we both looked at each other and thought that this should be interesting! Giving tours of the caboose is something that the BLM does a several times a year as a way of introducing kids to their local history. The BLM acquired a caboose which sits near the train depot. We were given a little bit of...

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Jun 3, 2009 - The Perfume of Susanville

There is a fragrance that permeates the air here in Susanville and, I imagine, in much of Lassen County. You can smell it almost everywhere. You can purchase it in almost any store. However, you will probably notice that there are empty supermarket shelves where this fragrance was sold out. You’ll sometimes find it in restrooms next to the hand soap so that you can reapply it if needed. What is this perfume? Is it Chanel or perhaps the new fragrance by J. Lo? Nope, its Deep Woods Off Insect repellent or one of the many, many other brands...

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May 31, 2009 - Volunteering for the BLM

(Art writing) Well, we have been here for about 10 days and now realize how much the BLM (and probably all of the federal lands) need volunteers. I had no idea how short staff this BLM region is. There is only one full time maintenance person and one seasonal person to cover a radius of about 75-100 miles. There is also only one full time BLM ranger for the same area. I really get the impression that the entire BLM staff appreciates what the volunteers do. It is really a shame that the BLM staff primarily takes care of the immediate...

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