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Sun and Fun. Just too much stuff to take it all in. Weather is so great this last week that we turned the water back on in the cabins. (Now we get to fix all the leaks that developed with the freezes of winter) The fishing was phenomenal with clear water and fast but not flooding flows. Have no idea how the catching was because everyone is SKIING. Beautiful days, cold nights, and great spring snow with super coverage. Sun block required. Shasta kids took the State Ski and Snowboard Championship. It was one of the best state events ever held at the Ski Park. But for us gimps and other non schussers, today the Park has lined up live music at the Black Diamond Grill on top of the hill by the Douglas Lift, AND, Chick Music with Paula Reynolds in the lodge. Paula’s awesome but she tops herself, and I quote her Facebook post, “Special guest Debbie Blackwell will be rockin' the Chick Music scene!” Starts at 4:00. These women can really sing and “entertain” is what flows through their veins. Love ‘em.

Then there is the Après Ski scene in town. Live music at the Vet’s Club in Mt Shasta and a new Spirits Bar in Dunsmuir. And here is a heads-up for Sengthong’s Blue Sky Room. Next week Shanna Morrison is in town but you’ll have to get tickets early. She always sells out.

“Shana Morrison will be at Sengthong's two nights: Friday and Saturday March 26 and 27th. She will have her full band: Calidonia.  Shana is a rocker/soul singer who plays great dance music. She was a backup singer with her father Van Morrison for several years.”

Me? I’m back under a sink fixin’ those leaks and down to the river feedin’ those fish!

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FIVE inches of SNOW this morning.

I forgot. Wayne is retired from Caltrans. He can just stay home if it snows.

Somebody remind me how great this is for the water table.

Oh yea. Almost forgot. Starting a new class. “Ten Ways to Shovel Snow and Enjoy It” If I get ten students, that should just about do it.

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It is just rumor, but my friend Jeremy P. told me that my friend Wayne G. took off his snow tires this weekend. So what? So Wayne worked for Caltrans since I5 was the Oregon Trail. If he thinks he won’t need snow tires, winter is over. Might as well. Can’t skate. Cause you missed the Luau!

The Siskiyou Ice Rink in Mt Shasta closed the season with tropical party last Saturday. Hawaiian attire got you free skate rentals and there were games, door prizes, bonfire, and fun for all. I’ll try to give everyone more notice next year, because most folk don’t even know there is an ice skating rink here.

That party is over, but skiing is outrageous. The big party for Prep ski racers is about to begin.

“ Next up is what amounts to the Olympics for local high school racers, the California Nevada Interscholastic Federation State Championships beginning March 7, also at the Ski Park.
Mount Shasta High finished the season as North I champions in both boys skiing and girls and boys combined snowboarding. Yreka placed first in girls skiing, combined skiing and girls snowboarding. Etna won the boys snowboarding title. The state races are scheduled to be held on Mt. Shasta March 7 to 11.”

Plenty of snow, lots of competition for Olympic hopefuls, and you won’t need chains. Just ask Wayne.

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Every year about this time a few lucky folks at the forest service get to hike up into the mountains around here, actually to a couple of my very favorite summertime lakes, and see: “how deep is the snow?” This information then gets broadcast around the world and somewhere very secret, water managers tell farmers if they will be in business this year or not based on that information. Well, break out the seedlings. We got snow pack this year. Last year, there was 22 inches at Grey Rocks lakes. This year, 134! Average is 80 inches. Around the area it is 143% of normal and water content (there is light snow and there is heavy snow otherwise known as dry or wet snow) is 131% of normal. Read more here:

http://www.mtshastanews.com/news/x1328932649/Surveys-show-early-February-snow-is-deep-and-wet?popular=true

And the lake? When you cross the Bridge Bay bridge, the Island is almost an island already. The lake looks fuller every time you cross the bridge. True even if you just drove into Redding to shop for the day. Fishing is going to be off the hook (you know me, pun intended) this year! More on that later. Right now there is sunshine, ski week, and snow galore. People are really having a great time on the slopes.

 

Snow on Sacred Springs

 

Drove back from Mt Shasta last night and appearing in my rear view mirror was a solid white snow covered mountain, framed by a cloudless blue sky, and lit by a brilliant setting sun. After weeks of storms and clouds, seeing Mt Shasta like that reminds one of why we live here. Later that evening the Ski Park posted the news that the power was back on and they are open today. If you check their website, http://skipark.com/report.html , you can see what 12 feet of snow looks like in their web cams. If you check past images, you can see the sun rise on Mt Shasta. The actual www.shastacam.com is still down from the storm. But if you didn’t already know about Shasta cam, you might want to bookmark it anyway. When it is working, it lets you see the weather, sunrise, sunset, etc firsthand with just one click.

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