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Northern California Trout

  • The Diagnosis

    Northern California Trout Aug 8, 2018 | 13:14 pm

    Previously, if you'll remember, I had a spinal X-Ray done and it was determined that I had Spinal Osteoarthritis, a degenerative disease of the spine and not curable.A week ago last Friday I had an MRI done to determine what was wrong with my left side from the hip down. To see if there was anything else like I need a hip replacement or something.  Yesterday I got the results from my doctor. Actually I saw them online last Wednesday, but wanted his professional opinion.The MRI showed the same spinal degenerative disease as the X-Ray, so what's the problem with my walking? Seems when I walk on uneven surfaces (side of the creek, side of the lake, or even cutting the grass) or kneeling down to pull weeds and such, the uneven movement pinches the sciatic nerve in my left hip causing me to need a cane to walk for 3 or 4 days. Did I mention that it's quite painful too.That said, fishing creeks and rocky lake shores is no longer an option. The pain is just not worth it. Can I float tube? That remains to be seen, only problem is that with the fires, our camping and[…]

  • Once Again Fire Screws Up A Good Weekend Trip

    Northern California Trout Aug 7, 2018 | 09:52 am

    We were heading to Hope Valley Campground this weekend, but the MANY fires in Northern California has, once again stopped us from going camping.California is like a Zucchini with the center dipped out. From the Carr Fire by Redding (still burning), The Mendocino Complex Fire (Now the largest in the history of California), The Donnell Fire (down below us), and the Ferguson Fire (By and very near Yosemite National Park), the valley air quality is extremely bad.There aren't any fires up toward Hope Valley, but the air quality is currently 162 which is the unhealthy category. Bad for Babes and Geezers.I've been hold up in the house with the A/C on to filter the air, but camping puts you outside, for the most part, and the campground is non-electric so no A/C and running the generator defeats the purpose and no camp fires (what the point of camping without a camp fire?). Our last and only second trip for the year is Upper Lake. That cool place where we have a space 15 feet from the lake edge. Our hopes are it that it will still be there the week of 8/26. The River Fire (part of the Mendocino Complex Fire)[…]

  • The Carr Fire

    Northern California Trout Jul 28, 2018 | 11:39 am

    Bill asked if we saw any of the Carr fire. It is burning on the other side of the freeway from where we were and South a little. We were there last weekend and I think the fire started on this past Wednesday. My son was up there on Thursday for business and said the electricity was off in the entire town so he turned around and came home.Time 9:30 pst7 Hours Ago4 Hours Ago20 minutes agoThis fire is a long way from done.We are safely home. 

  • Saturday 7-21-2018

    Northern California Trout Jul 25, 2018 | 10:07 am

    Saturday 7-21-2018 OK, here it comes.One thing I forgot to tell you about Mt. Lassen National Park, is that I used the Geezer Pass and got in FREE.Saturday morning found us heading North on Interstate 5 toward the town of Dunsmuir, California. It's about 45 miles from Redding. On the way, I took this photo of Mt. Shasta. I might add that this too, is a volcano.Mt. ShastaWe arrived in Dunsmuir about 11:15 and it took a few minutes to find Yak's. When we did, only to find it opened at 11:30 so we had a few minutes wait.In that few minutes, an additional 4 or 5 cars parked waiting for the diner to open.Yak's on the 5Here it is, the Winking Lizard Burger.Burger, fried egg, fried onion strings, Jack Cheese, lettuce, onion, and tomato with a side of fries. I'd say a good 8 inches tall. Even with my big mouth, I had to eat it in layers. I would tell you what my wife had, but I don't remember.After stuffing ourselves we headed back down the highway to Castle Crags State Park. Castle CragsAfter you enter the park, you drive up this road big enough for one vehicle only to the[…]

  • Friday 7-20-2018 Part 2

    Northern California Trout Jul 24, 2018 | 10:18 am

    Friday 7-20-2018 Part 2 Let's see, where did I leave off. Oh yeh, the creek.Beyond the creek you get your first glimpse of Mt. Lassen. Note the front side is missing a bit of, well itself.Mt. LassenThen further along, we came across this site. Part of the 875 stations to study the movement of the earth's crust. You can read the rest.Earthscope The GPS equipment.Then a little later, the back side and trail to the top Mt. Lassen.Patrick, we didn't hike any of the trails because of the leg problems I'm having and because my wife is recovering from foot surgery. We kept the walking to a minimum.Still snow at 8500 feet.Oh, look snowMore snowThe next two shots are of Lake Helen.Lake HelenThis lake has special meaning for me. I came to Mt. Lassen Park back in the early 90's. It was one of those days when it was 113 in Redding (not much difference from 111) and in the higher elevations the temp was a bit lower, say high 90's. I saw Lake Helen and my first thought was to run down and take a dip to cool off.Lake HelenThen I read the brochure that said the AVERAGE temperature of the lake was 64[…]

  • Friday 7-20-2018

    Northern California Trout Jul 23, 2018 | 11:11 am

    Friday 7-20-2018 After arriving Thursday afternoon in beautiful (brown and ripe for a fire, in fact we got stalled on the freeway for an hour an a half as an RV burned [screwed up his weekend] along with grass for a couple acres) downtown Redding, California. Just for those who are unfamiliar with California, Redding is 150+ miles North of Sacramento on Interstate 5.Oh, did I mention it was 111 degrees (yes that three 1's) when we got to the RV park. I had all I could do just to get the trailer set up in that heat. We fired up the air conditioner and called it a day.  Friday morning had us heading out Highway 44 to Mt. Shasta National Park.MuseumThe museum at the beginning of the park gives you the whole story of the Mt. Lassen eruption on 5/22/1915. I was just a kid and don't remember it very well.Manzanita LakeAs you walk in the museum, across the road is Manzanita Lake. Don't know if there are any fish in it, but didn't matter since I didn't bring any fishing equipment. Why? you ask. Well I had plans to fish the Sacramento River by the RV park, but being a[…]

  • Hello, It's Me

    Northern California Trout Jul 22, 2018 | 19:02 pm

    I have a post coming tomorrow about this past weekend's trip.Just to whet your whistle, Mt. Lassen National Park and Castle Crags State Park.Oh, and an awesome burger.Stay tuned.

  • 4th of July 2018

    Northern California Trout Jul 4, 2018 | 11:22 am

    Should be Happy 4th of July.Should be Happy Independence Day, BUTAdd captionIt's slowly being taken away by those in Washington.My question is: Why can't people see this?

  • A Great Loss

    Northern California Trout Jul 2, 2018 | 09:46 am

    A Great Loss I've pass along this site to many, but this morning I found out..........Gone, but not forgottenIt's gone. The last day was Saturday 6/30/2018. If you're a Geezer, as you all know I am, it was one of the mainstays of online music for, not only oldies, but many different music styles. I can remember listening to this station on my computer back when I had a real job and that was more than 12 years ago. Rest in peace Boomer Radio. You will be missed. 

  • I Wanted To Go Last Week, BUT

    Northern California Trout Jun 25, 2018 | 09:46 am

    As life does, it got into the way of me fishing last week. My wife is still recovering from foot surgery and I'm her Uber driver (my son coined this) until she's back on her feet.If you want to see some awesome scenery and fish, check out Bill Trussell's blog Fishing Through Life.This week is iffy. Yes, I pulled one (actually two) of my stupid stunts I'm so famous for. Last Friday, watering the hill behind the house, I decided to pull a couple weeds that have been bothering me. The first "trip" I jammed my left leg (the one that hurts all the time). Couldn't have been the right one, noooooo. Had to be the left one. Then coming down the second time, I tripped and took a little header out into the grass. This stuff is hard on this old Geezer. So I spent the weekend limping around and taking drugs.Maybe I'll get out later this week.