It was supposed to be really cold last
night but the weather guys flubbed it. It was forecast to be 20
degrees or a bit lower but it never dropped below a balmy 32.
However, it is gorgeous outside during the day. Today we took a spin
through what some local people and businesses refer to as the State
of Jefferson*. In regular English, the part we went exploring in
today was in the State of California on the northwest side of Mount
It is a gorgeous assortment of jagged
volcanic cliffs, rolling hills with juniper trees and sagey stuff,
some pine forest, flat grass pasturelands filled with many cattle and
some deer, all overshadowed by the massive volcano Mount Shasta to
the southeast. Mount Shasta makes the surrounding mountains look like
pimples on an arid landscape.
We started out by driving due east from Yreka on CA-3 through Montague where the road name changed to Ball Mountain Little Shasta Road (imagine that in your return address). After a few miles, the road turns a few times before transforming again, this time into Lower Little Shasta Road. Not much further on, the name changed again into Harry Cash Road, turning and heading almost due south toward Mt. Shasta. The volcano is a whopper and filled up the whole windshield.
After more pleasant driving, we
intersected US-97 and turned southwest toward the mountain town of
Weed. We only went the wrong way a little bit before finding our way
through town and onto Old Highway 99S which wanders along the western
edge of the enormous valley and west of I-5. We cruised up this fine
rural road back to Yreka. It was a spectacular drive.
*The State of Jefferson is apparently
a group of folks with extensive farm and ranch land holdings, plus
Trump voters and conspiracy loonies that want to have some southern
Oregon and northern California rural counties secede, forming a 51st
state. Consulting their website, I found that the folks wanting to
secede allege that the California government is somehow filled with
traitors, commies, girls, Deep State secret operatives,
extraterrestrial visitors, immigrants, Democrats and other people
that aren’t rich, white & Trumpies. The State of Jeffersonians
want them gone and to have their own state where gerrymandering would
be pointless. There was no information regarding the massive road,
farm and business subsidies the state gives them and what would
happen once they no longer had the massive tax bases to keep them in
cops, roads forests, farms, ranches and businesses. They should
probably give their proposed rebel state a more appropriate name like
State of Ignorance, Incontinence, Insanity or National Socialists.
To make it even better, a further
search of the internet unveiled an interesting tidbit about Mount
Shasta: It is rated #5 of volcanoes most likely to erupt in the
United States. St. Helens and Kilauea have already met their
obligation and Mt. Hood and Mount Shasta are scheduled next. If
eruption occurs here, and it will, the whole State of Jefferson with
be within the new State of Incineration or Immolation.