The Internet Ramblings of Matt & Lori Knowles
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Sun, Aug. 1, 2004 - Woodland AG Museum
In case you were wondering about the lack of recent updates, I wasn't being lazy. Lori and I were on a well deserved vacation. Lori sent the final draft of her book off to the publisher, and then we split for an 11 day trip to Vegas and the eastern Sierras.
Today we left Paula's and started the final drive back to Ferndale. We passed through Woodland and that reminded me that there is a great antique tractor and truck museum in Woodland that I had wanted to see for a long time. So we stopped in and took a look around. It was amazing to see some of the interesting adaptations that people had made with their tractors. This was one of my favorite, an early snow mobile that was used to deliver the mail in winter. The grooved barrels were chain driven off the PTO in the back.
Since most of our trip was punctuated with hot weather, about two hours from Ferndale Lori wondered out loud how warm it would be in Ferndale when we got home. I estimated that we would get back about 6:30pm and that it would be 59 degrees. Lori thought it would be 65. Currently it was about 80 degrees. South of Rio Dell it dropped to 65 and we could see the fog was rolling in. Didn't look good for Lori's prediction. Rio Dell was 63, Fortuna was 61, and crossing Fernbridge we hit 59. But the prediction had been made for what would it be at home. Driving into town it bounced between 60 and 58 creating a lot of tension. We stopped for milk at the Red Front Store and it was back to 59. To the end of town and up over Strawberry Hill it went back up to 60. Then halfway down Rose Ave it dropped to 59, and stayed there until the key was turned off. We have a winner! Too bad we didn't actually make a bet out of it.
Mon, Aug. 2, 2004 - Logging in Style
The name Pierce Arrow usually makes one think of antique luxury automobiles. So you might be surprised to find out that this antique logging truck was made by Pierce Arrow. For the lumberjack who wanted to cruise the forests in style.
Tue, Aug. 3, 2004 - Pouring the Driveway
While we were gone Del Biaggio started work on phase two of our driveway. Today they poured the concrete for the driveway and the parking area. The next phase will be the new foundation for the garage, and phase four will be moving the existing garage. The final phase will be the two additions to the garage to provide space for the bikes and garden equipment, and a workshop in the back.
Wed, Aug. 4, 2004 - Drive on up
Here's the completed driveway. Ok, so it's not the most beautiful home improvement project we've done, but it is very practical. No more sliding in the mud during the winter months.
Thu, Aug. 5, 2004 - Mono Lake Sunrise
I'm still sorting through vacation pictures, but if you check back on last month's page, you'll see that I've updated it with some highlights. I'll be featuring a few more this week, such as this sunrise over Mono Lake. I waited for a long time for a gull to fly right over the water in front of the camera. They all seemed to either fly low outside camera range, or they would fly too high when they were in camera view. Thousands of gulls there but only one who knew how to show off for the camera.
Tue, Aug. 24, 2004 - Fernbridge Sunset
After people saw my Fernbridge Sunrise photo, I kept getting requests for a matching sunset photo. The usual summer fog on the coast isn't conducive to pretty sunsets, but during our fair stint I saw one really nice sunset developing and just as I was about to leave to go take pictures, the fire whistle went off for a traffic accident on the Wildcat which ended up being a nothing call. Driving down the Wildcat on the way back I got to watch the pretty sunset, knowing there was no way I was going to get back in time. The last few days we had potentialy nice sunsets, but at the last minute the fog would always roll in. Today the fog barely stayed out long enough that I was able to get this interesting shot of the sun breaking through the clouds. The water in the Eel is so low this time of year that you can walk out to the middle of the river with nothing but rubber boots and not get your feet wet.
Thu, Aug. 26, 2004 - Russ Lane Fire
Around 12:30 this morning I awoke to my fire pager going off. Fully involved structure fire was the call. That will get you from sleeping to wide awake in 2 seconds. Russ Lane is off of Centerville road towards the beach, and halfway to the fire we could see it lighting up the sky. Not a good sign. (In fact one firefighter who was responding from Fortuna noted that he could see it from Waddington, which is about 7-8 miles away. At first arrival it looked like it would be a defensive fire, but we did end up proceeding with an interior attack. I went in the front on a hoseline to check out the upstairs and just as we were backing down with the hose as we didn't see any fire upstairs, it started breaking through the wall. We continued fighting the fire for several hours and finally got the flames out. Mopup proceeded and around 3:30 I was finally stepping out of my turnouts back at the fire hall. Just then an urgent call came over to return as the fire had rekindled up in the attic. Returning to the scene we found flames shooting out the attic vent and roof. We got it out again about an hour later, and after cleaning and racking hose a second time, most of us got home about 5:30 or 6:00. There were a lot of very tired firefighters in town that day, but given what the house looked like when we arrived, we were all very proud that we saved as much of the structure as we did. The house which used to be a Victorian mansion survived a previous fire and was sort of remodeled in the Craftsman style, but it still had traces of its original architecture. It looks pretty intact from the front, but the fire started in back, probably from an outbuilding that was storing about 3 cords of firewood.
Fri, Aug. 27, 2004 - Where it started
Here is the back view of the house. The fire appeared to spread from a shed into the kitchen area of the house, and then took off from there. Note the amount of firewood. A tractor was used to spread out the pile so we could dowse it, but when we arrived the pile was going like a huge bonfire.
Sun, Aug. 29, 2004 - Walkway Finished
After taking breaks for our vacation, and then being stuck at the fair for two weekends, I finally had a chance to finish the brick walkway in our front yard. Now that it is done we can do the final grading in the front yard, so I'm waiting for another load of manure to help fill the low spots. Fortunately around here, you don't have to pay for manure, as it is in plentiful supply. The walkway is now about 8 inches higher than it was before, so hopefully it will stay clear during the next flood.
Tue, Aug. 31, 2004 - Billy
Our neighbors have stationed three goats at the corner to help clear the brush. This guy is the most interesting of the trio. He seems very friendly, but I always make sure he's at the end of his chain before going up to pet him. Those are some serious horns, and previous experiences with goats have taught me that they often end up somewhat below the beltline.
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