Monday, April 23, 2007

From Fungi to the Golden State

I've searched to find the name of this Mushroom/Fungus and didn't find a thing. So I took more pictures. It is beautiful.

..and photogenic - Yep that's the Musemobile in the background.

Still another view

and another

Okay this is the last one not fully open.

I love the ferns pre-opening they look like a herd of seahorses.

I also got one last picture of the Trillium before we left Seven Feathers in Canyonville, Oregon

We stopped in Grants' Pass, Oregon for a supply run at Walmart. While Scrabble Queen went in I got gas at sub $3 and then called and talked to Ed. When we were ready to leave a woman drove past with her work truck - cool name for a construction company.

We took US 99 out of Grants Pass and just after entering stopped for lunch at the Randolph Collier Tunnel Wayside.

On this memorial its' noted "Father of the California Freeways" - If only he could see them now, or better yet be stuck in traffic on the 405 near LAX

Tunnel 01-049, near the Oregon State Line in Del Norte county, is named the "Randolph Collier Tunnel". It was built in 1963, and named by Senate Concurrent Resolution 74, Chapter 246, in 1961. Senator Randolph Collier was elected to the State Legislature from 1938-1976 to represent Humboldt, Mendocino, Sonoma, Lake, Trinity, Del Norte and Siskiyou counties. Although he was recognized as a leader in many fields of legislation, Collier gained statewide and national fame in the planning and financing of highways. He was the principal author of the Collier-Burns Act of 1947 which brought about the California Highway Plan. The state's highway system served as a model throughout the nation in that the state assumed responsibility for state highways in cities.

There was the inevitable "one lane road" complete with cones and a flag person so familiar to travelers these days.

A little further we came across this cool waterfall. I suspect it's not a year round water fall because it wasn't named and had no rest area associated with it.

We finally arrived at our place to stay for a couple of days called the Hiouchi RV Resort. Hiouchi, according to the Resorts' brochure, was the Tolowa tribe's phrase for "Clear Blue Water."
"When explorer Jedediah Smith first traversed California's North Coast in 1828, he met members of the Tolowa tribe near present-day Crescent City. It was a peaceful encounter, although subsequent encounters between white settlers and the Tolowa went nowhere near as well -- and the tribe was almost wiped out."
I found this 1 foot high waterfall 50 yards from our campsite and yes the water was clear.

Finally I found this Iris happily resting next to the creek and grabbed a quick shot. It's very similar to the ones in front of my house.

Scrabble score ~ Scrabble Queen 371 - the contender a measly 345 (she beat me and I had a 2 bingo night (50 points bonus per bingo for using all my letter tiles)"

Quote of the Day
A politician will do anything to keep his job, even become a patriot." - William Randolph Hearst
I found a little know fact/rumor about Hearst:

"In 1897 Frederick Remington, a newspaper cartoonist who had been sent to Cuba by William Randolph Hearst, Sr. to find a war, had cabled back to his boss in New York that he could find no war.

Unperturbed, Hearst nevertheless ordered him to stay in Cuba and assured him that he would be duly furnished with a war. The U.S. battleship Maine was forthwith blown up (Feb. 18, 1898) and, "By Jingo!" Remington had his war. Dewey took Manila and Theodore Roosevelt took Cuba. And meanwhile the pictures kept on coming."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

*lol* That woman with the flag looks like her sign says she is "slow".
Great mushroom pix, I don't know what they're called though.


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