On the Road to Las Vegas… Was It Winter or Spring?

This is what Peggy and I saw what we looked out our window on Thursday morning. It was beautiful but possibly not the best conditions for a road trip.

This is what Peggy and I saw what we looked out our window on Thursday morning. It was beautiful, but possibly not the best conditions for a road trip.

We are watching the Oscars in Las Vegas, which may be the best ever, especially in recognizing what is positive (and wrong) about our nation, with humor. They just sent a tweet to Trump.

The Oscars can go on, however, so I have time to put up a blog on our trip down here. We woke up at our home in Southern Oregon on Thursday to several inches of fresh snow. It was beautiful, but I immediately begin to fret over road conditions. Would I have to put on chains to get over the Siskiyou Pass? If so, it pretty much guaranteed I would be delaying the trip for a day. I hate putting on chains.

As it turned out the road was dry, the Siskiyou Pass and Mt. Shasta were gorgeous, and the Sacramento Valley was showing signs of spring.

There was a bit of water about, however. The Yolo Causeway, which is normally farmland, looked like an ocean with overflow from the Sacramento River.

Anyway, here are some photos that Peggy and I caught along the way.

The Madrone in our backyard had a new coat of snow.

The Madrone in our backyard had a new coat of snow.

Our ceramic jay was looking cold.

Our ceramic jay was looking cold.

The sun came out, however, and the highway report told us that no chains were required over the Siskiyou Pass.

The sun came out, however, and the highway report told us that no chains were required over the Siskiyou Pass.

And Doodle, our rooster, was glad to warm up.

And Doodle, our rooster, was glad to warm up. (Photo by Peggy Mekemson.)

I had the first shift driving, so Peggy used my camera to get these shots of the Siskiyou Pass.

I had the first shift driving, so Peggy used my camera to get these shots of the Siskiyou Pass.

Another snowy shot going up the mountain. (Photo by Peggy Mekemson.)

Another snowy shot going up the mountain. (Photo by Peggy Mekemson.)

It was looking more like spring along the Klamath River.

It was looking more like spring along the Klamath River.

And even flowers.

There was even a crocus blooming.

Peggy found Mt. Shasta peeking out from behind the clouds.

Peggy found Mt. Shasta peeking out from behind the clouds.

Black Butte, which hangs out next to Mt. Shasta looking small was free from clouds. (Photo by Peggy.)

Black Butte, which hangs out next to Mt. Shasta, was actually free from clouds. (Photo by Peggy Mekemson.)

The Central Valley was showing signs of spring.

The Central Valley was showing signs of spring. The Coast Range is in the distance.

Rice paddies were covered in water with thoughts of draught far behind.

Rice paddies were covered in water with thoughts of draught far behind. The mountains show recent snow.

A reflection shot.

A reflection shot.

The Sacramento Valley was filled with blooming fruit trees.

The Sacramento Valley was filled with fruit trees in bloom.

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And finally...

And finally…

The Yolo Bypass filled with water reflecting the extensive flooding that Northern California has experienced this winter.

I’ll conclude with this photo of the Yolo Bypass filled with water reflecting the extensive flooding that Northern California has experienced this winter. Normally, this is farmland.

 

25 comments on “On the Road to Las Vegas… Was It Winter or Spring?

  1. Curt, what glorious photos – spectacular scenery in all its winter hues. Then loved the bright vibrant colour of the crocus! Glad you both got there safely – how’s the weather for the trip back?

    • Thanks Annika. I was amused to find the crocus. Our daffodils are about to bloom. I told them that they might want to reconsider.
      Weather on the way home… always a question mark at this time of the year. If it’s decent, I’d like to drive up through Nevada and then cut across the Sierras for Reno to Sacramento. There is supposed to be around 20 feet of snow going over Donner Pass. We haven’t seen that much snow there in years. –Curt

    • Thanks, Ray. This is the time of the year when Florida shines, so to speak. I don’t mind the snow as long as it behaves and melts off at our house in a day or so. When we arrived home from the East in January, it had snowed two feet and had to park at the bottom of our hill and carry everything up. Not nice. —Curt

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  3. Beautiful scenery. Interesting to see your snow. We had a snowy day a couple of months ago and it’s been warm and dry ever since, with multiple record highs. Supposed to top 80 today. Oh well. Our turn will come someday.

    • The weather is wild and becoming more so, Bill. Northern California has jumped from severe drought to serious flooding. I’m told it is snowing at our home again. Peggy and I will be back there tomorrow to see. –Curt

  4. That last photo is amazing. But I didn’t know California ever got that much water. All I ever see (except for the coast) is brown. Glad you watched the Oscars. I found Kimmel to be a witty host — and not as caustic as he could be given the current political situation.

    • Thanks, Rusha. California actually earns its “green and golden’ claim. But you have to catch it in the late winter to early summer to catch the green, and usually by early summer you are too late. 🙂 As for the last photo, it’s called open the floodgates. The Yolo Causeway has been saving the area around Sacramento for decades. –Curt

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