Friday, June 27, 2008


Last weekend this thunderstorm sparked fires all over Northeastern California. Last weekend dry lightening caused 800 fires/incidents throughout California and Northern Nevada. The weather report calls for thunderstorms this weekend. I am not looking forward to that! This is another fantastic photo taken in the car! You can barely see my grandparents car on the road in front of the fire station.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

First hay this summer

The fields around Susanville are being harvested. The summer's first hay is ready to go.

This is a lazy photo. I took it when I was driving to my parents house, lol.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Forest Fire Smoke

The smoke from a forest fire about 30 miles away is covering Susanville. This photo is from 2 days ago. Yesterday the smoke was even thicker. Hopefully the fires will be out soon.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Forest Fire Season in California

This weekend hundreds of small fires broke out in Northern California. A huge thunderstorm rolled through the north state. Our little area is nestled at the tip of a long and narrow valley. The smoke from a fire about 30+ miles away is rolling over the mountains and sitting here in the valley. Hopefully the fires can be contained. In August of 1999, Susanville was covered in smoke for 30 days. That was my first summer here and I wondered if we made a mistake moving!

This is a photo of yesterday's sunset.

For an incident map of the current fires, check here:

It will take a minute for all the fires to pop up on the map.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Fairy Garden

My mom has a really nice veggie garden. She has a spot for a Fairy Garden also. The grand kids LOVE it, but no one has seen any fairies yet.

This little fairy statue sits in the middle of the fairy garden!

Friday, June 20, 2008

Walker Lake/Dyer Mountian

The Walker Lake/Dyer Mountain area is less then 20 miles outside of Susanville. This area is right next to the small town of Westwood. I am assuming this is the Walker Lake area, I am not very familiar with this area. But I am pretty certain I have it right. Famous last words, right?!! I hope to 'discover' the road to Walker Lake this summer. I need to ask some longtime residents for the directions.
There was a company that planned to develop a year round, 5 star resort on the side of Dyer Mountain. The company went bankrupt, so I doubt this project will happen. In one way it would be great for this county to have more jobs. Since the mills have closed, there hasn't been work for many residents. But on the other hand, this beautiful area across the lake would have condos and a giant hotel. The roads/traffic would be a disaster since the county approved a HUGE project yet made no attempts to fix the winding highways. Many people move to this area because they want a slower paced way of life, same as the long time residents. A year round resort would really change that. There are many other issues, too many to list!!!!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Mt. Lassen

Here is a nice view of Mt. Lassen from state highway 89. This was taken about 35 miles west of Susanville near the small town of Chester, CA. Mt. Lassen and Lassen County (Susanville is the only incorporated town in Lassen County) are named after Peter Lassen, an early pioneer.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Wild flowers and oak trees

Late May is always beautiful in Susanville. We had cold weather for most of May. But the end of May everything was green and blooming. This photo is the wooded area at Inspiration Point. This little park overlooks the city of Susanville from the west end of town.
Here is a view of Susanville from Inspiration Point last year.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Sunset in Spring

This is the view from Skyline Park looking west. The night I took this photo, there was a teenage couple 'parked' in the dirt parking lot next to the bike trail. These kids needed some private time, so they parked next to a BIKE TRAIL! We were crampin' their style standing near the bike trail waiting for the right few minutes to take this photo. LOL
I am still having blogging issues. I cannot open the comments window. I have to right click and then click on 'open in different window.' I also cannot add or edit page elements. I couldn't update the City Daily Photo list back in April. I checked blogger help and blogger groups with no luck. My emails asking for help were not returned. I have two other blogs and I can add and edit page elements on them, but not here. Sigh......If anyone has ideas on what I can do, please leave me a comment.