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So much has been happening here in Dunsmuir that I just have to write you a note. I keep wanting to call and tell you this stuff as it happens, but then I get distracted by more stuff and the time just slips away. The dawning of this realization originated with the Tulips you see in the picture. Early spring, and the new color on the scene just had an amazing cathartic effect after a very long winter. I was inspired to visit the fish hatchery and Sisson Museum. My friend, Perry Simms is running the museum now and it has become a "don't miss" attraction if you haven't seen it in the last few months - lots of info on our fish, our water and, of course, horses to the top of Mt Shasta. But I really went there to talk with the hatchery guys. Good news for Catch and Release fishing in our town; not only are they stocking fish this spring which will relieve the pressure on the native population that reside in the Hook and Cook section (I talked to guys on the river yesterday and it appears there are catchables in the river already), but also, they are trying to switch to triploid trout. This won't happen right away, so right now they are still stocking regular trout. But soon!
You could look up triploid, but I found this handy explanation:
"When trout spawn, the female’s eggs possess two sets of chromosomes and the male’s sperm possess one set. After the eggs are fertilized, the chromosomes recombine and each egg inherits one set of chromosomes from the female and another set from the male — similar to humans. The third set is then kicked out of the egg. Rarely in the wild, an egg will “forget” to kick out the third set and the fish becomes what is known as a triploid (possessing three sets of chromosomes). Triploid fish look, swim, jump, and taste like normal fish, except for one important difference—they never develop normal eggs or sperm and are unable to reproduce (i.e., they are sterile)."
That should take care of the controversy of mixing hatchery trout with native trout. One side effect of the triploid trout; the females don't have anywhere to put the energy it takes to be pregnant, so they get very large instead!
But about the Tulips. They just seem to burst out of the ground even though spring is having a hard time convincing us that it has arrived, analogous to our little town's economy. Dunsmuir has looked dormant all winter as many store fronts are empty, and others businesses like Sengthong's closed for vacation ( Sengthong went to Thailand). But behind the scenes, people were working. The Economic Development committee, with a goal of attracting four new businesses to the downtown area by 2012, created the Traveling Gallery, and has filled empty store fronts with Art. Even though I knew about this idea months ahead of time, I was completely surprised by the effect. It is really fun! And one of the empty stores will be a real Art Gallery until that store rents, and then another empty store will become the Gallery. As you know, we have some real kick-ass artists in this area.
Meanwhile, Don is expanding Sengthong's to restart the retail sauce business Sengthong had while they were in Etna. You can have a Sengthong Salad dressing or Sticky Rice dip sauce in your own kitchen! Vince opened the restaurant across from the theater. The Hitching Post is reopening as a breakfast, lunch and dinner restaurant. And the Big News, the water bottling company has been purchased. An herb company, Flora, Inc., is going to bottle product there. Eventually they will have three shifts, round the clock work: Jobs, Jobs, Jobs!!!!
Cave Springs cabins are jammed this Memorial Day and for the first time in my memory, all of the sinks and showers (almost all) have been painted before June. One personal triumph; Rosewood, a manufactured home that I bought forever ago just to tear it down, is finally gone! We have replaced it with a really cute RV Park Model with a spa!
More?? OK. Shasta Lake is two and a half feet from the top! Last week Belinda got her MFA, Megan her Bachelors, and D'Arcy her Juris Doctorate. We got real learn'n at Cave Springs :-)
Hope this letter brings some optimism to your day. I know it is fun to have new stuff to look forward to when you get here. . .soon. . . Hint Hint
Giancarlo lifts off and the backdrop is . . . well it is Mt Shasta which is why more words won’t add a thing.
Note: This is the end of a Blog series which makes more sense if you start at the earlier blogs. Go figure.
Then Alden really gets some air. And we sort of take it for granted that everyone knows Mt Shasta in the background, but we should point out that Black Butte is right there under his board as well. Little different perspective for most of us! If you think you would like to be doing this stuff but you don't know how to Ski or Board, These guys could help you. They are instructors at the Mt Shasta Ski and Board Park - just taking a day off.
Giancarlo Anro and Alden Silber have both worked at Cave Springs which is why, if you have stayed here in the recent past, you may recognize the names. Also, Giancarlo is my nephew and will be working here this summer in case you want to meet this high flier. Last Thursday the two of them and Taylor Anderson, another intrepid Mt Shasta boarder, schlepped their boards to the top of the ridge at Castle Lake and hand packed their jump. This picture is of Alden taking off and you can see the divot he kicked out at he went airborne.
This is Giancarlo.
I taught 'em everything they know! (Only what I taught them was how to clean a swimming pool. This stuff was all on their own.)
This is a series of Blogs because it is really all about the incredible pictures. Problem is I don’t know how to get more than one picture per Blog. So go to the next blog for more . . .
Last day at the Ski and Board Park! Yesterday was beautiful for the sliders –snowed lightly all day. Nothing better than fresh snow and who would have guessed it was Easter?! As you can see from the photo, our crew was focused on the river. This time of year with a good snow melt - and we are going to have a good snow melt for all of this spring with the abundant snow pack in “them thar hills”- the Box Canyon run is a Class 4. Not for the novice, but it is a great run for my kids and other folk who stay at Cave Springs. Just put in at the Box and get out at the Cave. Walk up the hill and into your room. Or don’t even go in the room. Just jump in the hot tub! Life is good. Then get a lift back to the shuttle car. In our case we combined the shuttle return with a family outing for lunch. Yep. Lots of family. It is Easter and everybody made it back home to find their Easter Basket. Happy Easter!
The Mt Shasta Ski and Board Park had 264 inches of snow at the top!!!!! They could be skiing until July. They could be. However, they won’t be. Which is why now is the time to start the winter over and put the skis or the board back on your feet. You only have four more weekends to take advantage of the great snow, wonderful end of the season entertainment, and really fun special events planned for the next couple of weeks.
Now the roads are all plowed and dry. There is going to be great packed powder to ride on for at least a week while the weather warms up. Then it will turn to more spring snow than you may have ever seen before. With any luck, the annual Pond Skim will have swimsuit weather. Pond Skim? Yes!
Every year at the end of the season the Ski Park creates a water feature by digging a large hole in the snow, lining it with plastic, and filling it with water. And every year, rain, snow, or shine, there are folks who think they can ride downhill fast enough so that their momentum will let them “water ski” across the top of that pond. Some actually do make it across. And yes, that water is not heated. There are award categories for all kinds of effort including best costume. Occasionally, for the more mature contestants, there may be an adult beverage involved. There is always live music. And there is always lots of big splashes!
I had occasion to be in San Francisco last week and as I drove through the parking lot at China Beach the sound of the still studded snow tires on our Subaru rattled and echoed in the almost deserted space. I know because the only car in the lot was being used as a mobile repair shop for a local surfer. Being an almost surfer myself ( that is a whole ‘nother story), I stopped to chat. He pointed out that I probably wouldn’t need those studs much in the Bay Area. We shared the laugh. He knew Cave Springs. I told him spring rains had started. Snow was over. I was just remiss in not changing the tires before my trip. Boy was I wrong!
We have been slammed with snow storms for over a week. Those studded tires are the cheapest insurance you can buy in the winter, and since I dodged two otherwise unavoidable collisions, they paid for themselves a couple of times this week. Some snow is just more slippery than other snow. Since the first day of spring we have been off and on blanketed by some of the slipperiest snow of the year. However it is spring, so snow leaves the valley floor quickly. It just stacks up in the hills and mountains. Which is why it is time to go skiing!
I checked it out. I was going to write about all the Spring stuff that is going to happen: sun, flowers, painting, picnics, etc. Then I walked outside and went back in the house to check the calendar. Sure ‘nuff. This is the “First day of spring”. It is official. The fact that there is 8 – 10 inches of snow in the driveway and more rain and snow on the way just makes it feel like the first day of winter instead. It is still beautiful although unseasonable. Ski season could last till June easily with all of the snow at the Ski Park. However they are going to close on the 17th of April so don’t miss an opportunity to board or ski on some of the best snow of the season. And there may even be some spring skiing before they close if the weather normalizes.
One really great aspect of all of this precipitation is that we have an abundance of water. Shasta Lake is almost full, 11 feet from the top, and the melt runoff hasn’t even started. It is just amazingly beautiful to see so much water in the lake. The real beauty of this large quantity of water is that it has happened without any flooding or even just close to flooding. River levels have been bank to bank full but not to the point where rocks start to roll. When rocks don’t roll, fish find food. They just get fatter all winter long. Catching should be really good this year just for that one simple fact. More about catching (trout) later.
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