Driving, Rafting, Hiking, Spelunking, and Trains

Jessica, Matthew, John, Paul in Caboose 12, Railroad Park Resort, Dunsmuir CA, August 2016

Our family took a short vacation together this week – a road trip from San Jose to northern California. Jessica and Matthew and Paul and John and I stayed for two nights at the Railroad Park Resort in Dunsmuir. John and I got to sleep in wooden caboose 12.

On Monday, we went on a white water rafting trip with Living Waters down the middle Klamath River, followed by a drive then a hike to 8,050 feet on Mount Shasta (elevation 14,179 feet above sea level).  On Tuesday, we took a boat across the lake to tour Lake Shasta Caverns and then drove to Portola, seeing a train at the famous Keddie Wye junction just before full dark.

Portola is home to the Western Pacific Railroad Museum (WPRM), of which we are long-time members.  WP668, our own backyard caboose, has four sister cabooses of the same age and design in Portola: WP679 (owned by the City of Portola), WP645 and WP646 at WPRM, and Sacramento Northern 1642 – also at WPRM.  When we bought WP668 in 2006, it was housed at the Golden Gate Railroad Museum in San Francisco along with WP646 and SN1642.  We enjoyed seeing these again on Wednesday.

In a variety of places during our trip, we saw signs, flags, and bumper strips for the State of Jefferson. Those supporting this proposed new US state seem to do so as a way of expressing dissatisfaction with our current government, or its representation of them.

Railroad Park Resort, Dunsmuir CA, August 2016

Log Truck at Black Butte CA August 2016

Klamath River Rafting, CA, Matthew and Paul, August 2016

Klamath River Rafting, CA, Jessica, John and Paul

Klamath River Rafting, CA, Katy and John, August 2016

Mount Shasta Buckwheat August 2016

John and Paul on Mount Shasta August 2016

Mount Shasta Volcanic Rocks August 2016

State of Jefferson hay August 2016

State of Jefferson sign August 2016

State of Jefferson stuff August 2016

Rainbow water tanker trucks on Interstate 5, August 2016

Family dinner John Katy Jessica Matthew Paul August 2016

Jessica, Matthew, Paul, Caboose 12, Railroad Park Resort, Dunsmuir CA, August 2016

Lake Shasta CA August 2016

Lake Shasta Caverns CA August 2016

old ladder Lake Shasta Caverns CA August 2016

John Katy Jessica Matthew Paul at Lake Shasta Caverns CA August 2016

modern steps Lake Shasta Caverns CA August 2016

Jessica at Battle Creek Vista August 2016

Katy and John at Keddie Wye, Plumas County CA, August 2016

Keddie Wye, Plumas County CA, August 2016

Portola CA, Western Pacific Railroad Museum - WP917-D diesel engine, August 2016

Portola CA, Western Pacific Railroad Museum - WP645 caboose, August 2016

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Images Copyright 2015-2016 by Katy Dickinson

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One response to “Driving, Rafting, Hiking, Spelunking, and Trains

  1. Katy,
    I have written a book on Elkmont in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It’s entitled Lost Elkmont. Too bad your mother never got hers published. Also too bad your caboose isn’t from the Little River Railroad since it made many journeys to Elkmont – your mother’s special place.

    Some friends (including the great granddaughter of Ben Morton – who had the cabin next to your mother’s and her friend Jason who is a professional videographer) and I are working on a crowdfunding website/blog to try and assist the Park in obtaining funding for the preservation and rehabilitation of the Elkmont Historic District. The Park can’t seem to be able to access federal dollars for their plans so we want to try and do something to help.

    Would you be willing to allow us to feature your family pictures from Elkmont
    on our website and see if your mother might have any historic items to contribute or feature on this project as Elkmont was so near and dear to her?

    Also, quite sadly, the Park DID get funding this year to start demolishing the old Elkmont cottages not slated to be saved as part of the Elkmont Historic District project. Luckily the Creekmore Cabin aka Dear Lodge is one scheduled to be saved.

    Please let us know if your family might be able to help in this endeavor.

    Daniel Paulin

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