Tuesday, December 10, 2019

The Team that could...

Before Thanksgiving I got to watch from the stands as granddaughter Lauren played college volleyball for FRC in Quincy, Calif.

Lauren mid air

The FRC Golden Eagles made it to the state championship finals in SoCal.

FRC is a hard charging team and they had worked their butts off to get to the state finals.
This last Sunday, Lauren and her teammates won the 2019 CCCAA Women's Volleyball State Championship!

What an amazing team! Congrats Ladies, you earned every bit of this...

Monday, December 2, 2019

Carrie's Tree

As MySean & I headed back up North I saw that Carrie's tree had been decorated between our trip down and back. It caused me to smile as I knew well the history of Carrie's tree. How could one live in NorCal and not know!  Carrie's tree is much more than an ol Osage orange beside I5...

Here is the story by Dottie Smith:

"You've probably driven by this Christmas tree just north of Red Bluff on Interstate 5 and wondered about it. I did, and I set out on a search to find why that Charlie Brown kind of tree was always decorated at Christmas time and who was doing it. It's known as Carrie’s Christmas tree and its located just before the roadside rest area. It stands there all by itself all decked out with bright-colored Christmas tree decorations. The story of that tree is interesting enough to be told. Years ago in the early 1960s when major reconstruction work began to get underway on that section of the highway, Cottonwood resident and lover of trees Carrie Bogue asked the road officials if she could dig up the tree and move it out of harm’s way. It was an Osage orange and pretty rare in Northern California. She was denied her simple request. Work on the highway continued and somehow her tree managed to remain standing through the work. However, a few years later, it died. And then, in 1966, a few years after the tree died, Carrie died. She was 93 years old.
Carrie had many friends. Among them were Ruth and Cary Chadwick of Anderson who had been friends of Carrie’s for at least 40 years. They knew the story of Carrie and her tree, and one day as they were driving by the “dead” tree, they noticed it had miraculously come back to life! And of course they thought it was Carrie, now in the form of a tree. The Chadwick’s had known Carrie well. Carrie had told them, and others, that if she could come back to life after death, she wanted to come back as a tree. And so, according to the Chadwick’s, and to everyone else who knew Carrie well, there she was, alive again, this time as a tree, just as she wished. That Christmas season, in 1967, the Chadwick’s decorated Carrie’s tree. They covered the tree with bright garlands, tinsels and bows for everyone to see as they passed by on the highway that had now become a freeway.
Over the years, the tree grew larger and taller making it more difficult for the Chadwick’s to decorate. They continued decorating her tree for at least twenty more years until their old ages and poor health began getting in the way. In approximately 1990, their friends Dale and Larry McClure, also of Cottonwood, began helping them out. A few years later, the McClure’s became the lone decorators of Carrie’s tree. For two years the tree stood undecorated until the Hoofard and Lopez families decided to take over. For years they decorated it without anyone knowing they were the decorators. Until a family friend drove by and spotted them. They decided it was time to let everyone know who they were. On the same day every year this thoughtful family meets at the tree to bring happiness to everyone that travels I-5. They love hearing people honk and wave from both directions and they love hearing how much joy it brings to people. They said they will continue the tradition until it’s time for the next generation to take over. They have added lights to the tree and have also placed a sign big enough to easily read from the freeway that proclaims it as “Carrie’s Tree”."

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Journal: day 5 & 6

Thursday, day 5 We awoke to a cold and clear Thanksgiving.  

Those of us at the compound had a scrumptious feast at Ali and Ty's.  
Lauren stayed on the mountain, as the team had practice, & another tourney game coming up, "tough" coach. Lauren's dad cooked his infamous turducken and gravy and drove it all the way up to the college so the team would have a Thanksgiving meal.  
Colt came by for a bit before heading to friends.  So it was just six of us to make toasts of thanks for a bountiful harvest and say grace.
We played Exploding Kittens and Cards Against Humanity and laughed so much that we all had sore muscles.  Cody was in especially rare form, dang he was funny.

Of course it wouldn't be "our normal" if everything went off without a hitch.  Colt's dog Duke, was with us and started acting like something was wrong. 


 Colt came by and ended up taking him to UCD vet hospital that evening.  Poor Duke ended up having surgery to repair a huge hole in the back of his mouth that he got from a stick. (He's a Lab!) Colt didn't get back to the house with Duke til 2:30 AM. Then he turned around an headed to the airport to catch his 4 AM flight out to visit friends in Arizona.

Friday, day 6
 Sean and I said our good byes, loaded up and head North.
leaving the snows to their breakfast

 Lake Shasta

near Shasta Caverns

Castle Crags

Shastina, cinder cone to Mt Shasta

Looking east toward Mt Shasta, notice how much more snow since last we were this way.

coming off the summit into Ashland, Oregon
After that it got too dark for photos.  We had dry roads all the way and light traffic til Portlandia, which is always bad. Across the Columbia River and home by 7:30. After a late start, we made it back in 9 hours. 

Had a great trip, Loved getting to see family & friends, can hardly wait for the next one.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Journal: day 4

Of course I tell you I'm going to journal mostly with photos, and promptly forget to take any on Wednesday, day 4. 

Not a lot of excitement around the compound. We all were a bit bushed from the previous day. And the kids all had jobs to go to.
I was up early as I wanted to watch & listen to the hundreds of snows working a rice field. 

photo courtesy grandson Cody  Black Shield Photography

 I took two videos but they didn't do them justice.  Was surprised I didn't hear more firing from the blinds that surround the compound.  Ali said she had expected more too, so it wasn't a case of faulty memory on my part. (thank goodness)
We did manage to roundup a small crew to go out to dinner. Back at the house Tyler and Ali built a pipe and butcher block table for their kitchen.  
All in...  

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Journal: day 3

We loaded up in Granddaughter Ali's pickup around noon Tuesday. After a quick stop at Marymine's house

to pickup her and Cody we headed out up Hwy 70 for Quincy to watch Lauren play volleyball.

 Just the four of us, as the others decided they didn't like snow. And it was snow'n and blow'n not long after Lake Oroville.

creeks were running

cold and snowing

a train chugging up the canyon

there are three deer at the waters edge
ten minutes out from the game that turned into 30
Lauren's team won!

night life in Quincy

After the game we chained up, and went to the grocery store to load up on rations for the trip back down the mountain. 
Love my people...country people! How many other people will come up to you, shake your hand or give you a hug and Thank You for making the trip to watch and support the kids.
Once we got on the road again it really started to snow and blow.  Made it most of the way down the canyon with few problems.  Only to come around a curve and find a boulder the size of a Volkswagen in our lane.  Thankfully, no one coming the other direction, so Ali was able to go around.  We wanted to call it in, but no cell service in most of the canyon.  A little farther down we saw a loader going up to take care of it.  
Long day, Kudos to Granddaughter Ali for getting us safely up there and back! All home and in bed by 12:30 AM.