Archive for July, 2005

Elko – National California Historic Trail Interpretive Center.

The Elko Daily Free Press reports:

Dignitaries gathered this morning at the Hunter exit off Interstate 80 to mark a milestone on the path to building the National California Historic Trail Interpretive Center.

This milestone is the beginning of road construction for the planned $12 million center west of Elko.

The county has put in $1m, Elko $2m, Nevada $3m, and BLM expects another $9m in federal funds by August for a 2007 opening. So thats $12 million plus local funds plus 40 acres donated by the Maggie Creek Ranch for the interpretive center.

Those at the ceremony this morning stood on the future site of information kiosks near the exit that Jamiel said will explain the California Trail and the center.

“If the building is closed, they can read about the center and pull back out,” he said.

The kiosks also will give travelers a chance to get a “feel for what the emigrants saw,” Jamiel said.

The road then leads to the planned parking lot for the center, which will feature exhibits and stories about the historic trail.

I wonder if there will be any provision for overnight parking or even camping?

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Snowshoe Thompson

Trent Carruthers has an interesting story about how mail got over the Sierra Range during and after the civil war. See the Record-Courier:

Born John Tostensen in Telemark, Norway, in 1827, John “Snowshoe” Thompson, after immigrating to the United States as a young man, became a local legend while delivering mail on cross-country skis from 1856 to 1876 over the Sierra Nevada.

A volunteer job – no pay – 19,330 feet of ascents in three days with a hundred pound load. No compass. Winter weather in the mountains. Some hobby he had.

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water quality

Water quality in your RV and on the road is another of those issues that people get hot and bothered about. People also tend to spend a lot of money and go to a lot of trouble just to ease their minds, too.

The fact is that, in the United States at least, any water from a public water supply, including water at NFS and similar campgrounds, is regularly tested and treated to meet established safety and health guidelines. Private source water, as from a farmer’s well, is another matter although it too can usually be considered reasonably safe.

While you should sanitize your plumbing after a period of non-use using a good flush with bleach (quarter cup per fifteen gallons is usally recommended). Prime the system with this concentration, let it sit for a while, and then flushed with tap water. After that, the residual disinfectant in public supply water should be enough to keep your system safe for the season. Just drain after each trip and fill with fresh water before starting a new trip.

Check out these links:

Water Quality Standards Inventory Database is for lakes and streams but also provides interesting information about acceptable amounts of various stuff you can find in water.

Homebrewing and water quality – Beer and coffee both depend upon their water source for a large part of their flavor. This page describes some of the more common minerals and what they do to the taste of the water.

Quality of Ground Water – how stuff gets into water that comes from wells.

RV Tips on sanitizing RV water systems – a bit extreme but thorough.

Doulton sells filtration equipment – you can guess their take.

North Carolina has some emergency drinking water tips.

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Bodie Photo Gallery

Bodie is a ghost town on the east slope of the Sierra Nevada Range. Brian Jaggard provides this collection of pictures.
Bodie, CA

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Historic perspective on patriotic songs from Country Music Channel

This Deserves A Look (05jl05, Lorie Byrd)

Here is a show to pencil into your schedule tonight. For those who hate country music, just hear me out on this one. I watched the last 45 minutes or so of CMT’s Greatest Patriotic Songs on Saturday night and have now just watched the first half which I missed then. The show was interesting and entertaining, and nothing like I expected. I expected a countdown format. Instead, I felt as if I was watching the History Channel.

The show will air again tonight at 9:30 p.m. on CMT and four more times in the next two weeks. Trust me on this one – even if you hate country music, you are likely to enjoy this program.

From Lorie’s description, this show might be worth a look if you get CMT.

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Eyes need sunblock, too

Eyes need sunblock, too:

July is UV Safety Month, and the American Academy of Ophthalmology – the Eye M.D. Association – reminds Americans of the importance of protecting their eyes from the sun’s harmful rays by wearing sunglasses and wide-brimmed hats.

Make sure you use sunglasses that block UV and wrap around the temp to block light coming from the sides.

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Death Valley 1966

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