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  • A Geography Lesson

    Northern California Trout Dec 7, 2019 | 19:03 pm

    A Geography Lesson 1. If you missed the beginning of the "Small Town America" series, just scroll down.2. Just to let you know they found our stolen trailer in Sacramento. People were living in it and it was in pretty good shape, but that was all the Sacramento County Sheriff would tell me.3. Every day or so I get a new picture on my computer when I open it. The pictures are usually some awesome place I'll never visit so it's nice to see the rest of the world like we do via other's blogs. The reason I started the "Small Town America" series. This morning the one below was the new one.Now starts the Geography lesson..............This lovely Winter scene is of Baden-Württemberg, Germany. If you've followed this blog for any length of time you know I've been researching my ancestors (actually for about 29 years).Baden-Württemberg, GermanyPretty Christmas scene huh.When I saw the name on this photo, my eyes lit up. I have MANY relatives from this place. Since I only knew it by name, my first reaction was to go to Google Maps and find it.Turns out that Baden-Württemberg is a state like California. Then I started to see the towns on a lot[…]

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  • Small Town America, Volcano, California

    Northern California Trout Dec 7, 2019 | 02:38 am

    Small Town America, Volcano, California Like I said in my last post, I thought I'd start a series of posts about all the small towns around where I live.Our first stop is Volcano, California. It's a cool little town population 103. I know that seems like a small place, but the 103 are just those who live in the town limits, if you will. There are a lot more residents and Volcano covers a pretty vast area.To start off, I took a couple of pictures of what I consider the pivot point of the town. The town is basically a one street town with a 90 degree turn in the middle. From this corner you can look East and you will see the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Actually, you are in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Volcano sits at an elevation of 2070 feet.Looking EastThen as you span to the right you are now looking in a Southerly direction. Again you are looking at the mountains. Looking SouthDown this part of the street is the St. George Hotel. It's been here for ages. Each room is named for some part of the gold country. Here is a couple examples: Hells Delight, Poker Flat, and You[…]

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  • I Have A Thought

    Northern California Trout Dec 1, 2019 | 14:29 pm

    It's just past 6:00 am here in Northern California. I don't know what I'm doing posting at this God forsaken hour on a Sunday morning when I should be sleeping, but yet here I am.A lot of my fellow bloggers talk about the places they go to fish. I've done the same, but feel it's getting redundant. You've all seen Hope Valley, Upper Lake, the local lakes (Bear River, Silver Lake, Caples Lake and the downcountry lakes, Amador, Camanche, and Pardee.)Now with the back and leg problems (Osteoarthritis) I'm even more limited in where  can go to fish. Besides that this old body doesn't do cold very well any more so I have to wait for it to warm up some before I can fish. Folks, it's hell getting old.With the advent of rain 13 of the next 15 days I wanted to see if I could do something to keep your interest in coming back to NCT.At first I tried the political bash. Just didn't have it in me to keep reporting what a moron Donald Trump is. Unless you live in a cave (with that Geico caveman) you see the news and can make your own decisions.In thinking[…]

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  • Happy Thanksgiving Everyone

    Northern California Trout Nov 28, 2019 | 17:59 pm

    Gobble.....Gobble....

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  • I Never Thought I'd Say This

    Northern California Trout Nov 26, 2019 | 20:46 pm

    I Never Thought I'd Say This If you haven't seen the news, we have a huge storm coming in this afternoon here in California.The reports coming out of Lake Camanche have been "They're stocking, but no one is catching".Since my yearly pass expired at the end of September, I thought I'd get out of the house before the storm got here and drive out to Camanche and renew it. Just in case the fish might be biting, I also took my gear. One has to be prepared.When I got to check-in and re-upped my pass (at a slightly higher price), the girl said catching was being done. OK, paid for the fishing tag and was on my way to the North Shore Day Use Area.Across the lakeA little to the leftMy spot for the dayNice Truck, Huh.I came prepared for cold. What I didn't come prepared for was this cold. Like the title, I thought I'd never say this, but it was too cold for fishing. Every year it seems harder for me to handle the cold during the Winter. This morning it was 42 degrees with a wind blowing at maybe 15 from the SW. Wind chill was probably high 30's.I had a long sleeve[…]

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  • Oh Look !

    Northern California Trout Nov 9, 2019 | 16:38 pm

    Oh Look ! Lance: A steel-tipped spear carried by mounted knights or light cavalryLance Travel Trailer Model 229511-8-2019If you want to see all the goodies inside, go here:https://www.lancecamper.com/travel-trailers/2295/gallery/No, we didn't get as decadent as adding the fireplace. Besides it's only electric.When you get to the site, be sure to click on the 360 button and let it show you around.Fishing next Thursday. They've started planting Lake Camanche, but don't expect much.Stay tuned.

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  • Soon A Replacement

    Northern California Trout Nov 6, 2019 | 15:43 pm

    This is a hint: A steel-tipped spear carried by mounted knights or light cavalryCome back Friday afternoon for pictures and an explanation. Stay tuned. 

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  • The Garden Is Toast

    Northern California Trout Oct 30, 2019 | 15:03 pm

    The Garden Is Toast We've come to the end of the growing season. Three mornings of frost and the "Out of control" garden is gone.JulyQuite a difference between July and yesterday morning. 10/29/2019What's left went into the green recycle bin and the 6 or so Winter Squash are finishing their ripening cycle on the counter in the kitchen. The Freedom Express is officially gone and insurance payment has been made. Now all we have to do is find one we like as well as we did the Freedom Express since they don't make that model any more and buying a used one is out of the question. Won't camp in someone else's dirt. Downcountry lakes should be cold enough to plant soon, so maybe fishing shortly. As I get older, I have less desire to fish in the freezing cold than I used to, which explains why I've not be fishing upcountry. Lake Tahoe, which is lower than most of the upcountry lakes, was 12 degrees this morning. So stay tuned. Won't e long before I have a "real" fishing post.  Happy Halloween everyone. 

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  • The End Of An Era

    Northern California Trout Oct 24, 2019 | 14:47 pm

    The End Of An Era Well, it's been two weeks since the Freedom Express was stolen. The insurance company has now considered it gone and has started the settlement process.GoneIn talking to the claims processor, apparently a stolen travel trailer is not an unusual thing. When they comment that they are "extremely familiar with the settlement process", it pretty much says it all.I had one occurrence last Thursday that kind of settled this whole stolen thing in my mind. I was coming home from a birthday breakfast with my son (it was the big 50) and I noticed a trailer sitting on a piece of ground, right next to the highway that looked to be still attached to the truck in front of it. The trailer was completely covered (to the ground) with a gray tarp. You could not see any part of the trailer. I immediately went around the corner from my house to the Highway Patrol office and asked them to investigate since they were the ones to write the stolen report. The first question asked: Was it on private property. I assumed it was. They couldn't do anything because they can't just access private property without at least something telling them it was my,[…]

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  • And Then it Was Gone

    Northern California Trout Oct 10, 2019 | 15:05 pm

    And Then it Was Gone Tuesday Night, Midnight and Pacific Gas & Electric with a "Weather Event (their phrase for high winds)" coming, they shut off the electricity to 800,000 people in Northern California.Wednesday morning was a bit of a challenge. No electricity, no electric coffee pot. So there I am pouring hot water (we have a gas stove that works without electric. You know the old match to the burner trick) over the coffee grounds to get some ersatz coffee.Then I had an epiphany (seems I get these quite often). Why not get the camping coffee pot out of the trailer. It works on the stove top just like an electric one and makes good coffee.Around 9ish I drove over the RV lot where I store the trailer, when not in use, and for some reason my space was empty. Then I noticed (I am very observant) that the Winter tire covers, blocks that the leveling jacks go on, and the wheel chocks were strewn for about 50 feet up the aisle in front of where the trailer is usually parked.Between myself and the gentleman who is in charge of the RV lot we estimated that sometime after midnight (when PG&E shut off the[…]

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