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Sun, Dec. 4, 2005 - Christmas Concert
This month is getting another late start for way too many reasons. Mom and Grandma stayed with us for the week after Thanksgiving, so they could enjoy the start of the Ferndale Christmas festivities. We were going to go to the first concert on Saturday, but Mom got sick so I stayed home with her. Then we found out that Grandma got sick during the concert. Our first thought was that both had come down with food poisoning, since they ate lunch together. With Mom feeling a bit better Sunday, she and I went to hear Lori sing with the Community Choir. Mom is sitting in the front pew on the right of the picture, and since I knew that wasn't going to provide a very good view for taking pictures, I went up into the balcony.
Mon, Dec. 5, 2005 - Putting up the Lights
Sunday morning I got up early to join the Ferndale firefights in putting up the lights on the town Christmas tree. There's more pictures on the Ferndale Fire Department web site.
Sun, Dec. 11, 2005 - Father and Son
Mom and Grandma left on the 6th, and then Lori came down with a cold. On the 8th, I came down with the same symptoms as Mom and Grandma, making me realize it wasn't food poisoning after all, but a 24 hour stomach flu. When I made it back to work on the 9th, it sounded like half of Humboldt county had had this flu in the last few weeks. I felt a lot better the next day but was still pretty wiped out, and Lori was still wiped out from her cold so for the rest of the week we pretty much went to bed after getting home from work. Saturday I worked at the office and then Sunday we had a photoshoot with a couple and their very cute 2 year old. This picture of Eric and his son Corbin was my favorite. Corbin really loved the trip to the beach and had a great time throwing rocks and running from the waves.
Tue, Dec. 13, 2005 - Tree Shopping
Yesterday, Lori had off from work so we thought we would finally get our Christmas tree. We went to the lot in Ferndale but nobody was there. So we went to one cut your own lot in Loleta where we had purchased trees before but all they had were Bishop pines. These trees were all as wide as they were tall, which doesn't work out very well when you have 10' ceilings but a 7' wide bay window. So we went to the other lot in Loleda, which was closed. Then back to Ferndale and the person still never showed up at the lot there. So no tree yet.
Today the fire department put on a fire extinguisher demonstration for the chamber of commerce. Here Tara, who works at the bank next to the fire hall, takes aim and successfully completes her task. I asked her later how she liked it and whether she wanted to join the department. She replied she plans to keep her day job.
Wed, Dec. 14, 2005 - Beautiful Morning on Main Street
Since Lori got a new job in Eureka, she's been getting up early, and so on occasion I join her and then just go to the office early. This morning when I got to work there was a beautiful sunrise going on. That's the only good thing about these short days of winter, I get to see the sunrise without getting up at a real ridiculous hour.
Fri, Dec. 16, 2005 - Williams Creek Wreck
The last few mornings have been very cold by Ferndale standards, with temps dipping just below freezing. This morning the FVFD got a call of a traffic accident on Williams Creek Road, which is the same road as Rose Ave after it crosses Grizzly Bluff. We arrived to find a van had gone off the icy road and crashed into a dump truck. Normally, you don't want to crash into dump trucks, but in this case it probably prevented her from rolling the van down the embankment. The driver asked us to thank the owner of the dump truck for parking it there. The van was totalled, but the dump truck suffered only minor damage, and the van just missed hitting the fuel tank on the side of the truck by inches. (The black and white photo makes it look like it was snowing, it wasn't. Just very frosty.)
Sun, Dec. 18, 2005 - Bipolar Express
Miracles happen. All day today the rain has been pouring down sideways. I really didn't think that I would be able to photograph the lighted tractor parade at all which I was worried about because I had told the editor of the Ferndale Enterprise that I would provide pictures of the parade since she was going to be in it and couldn't take the photos herself. About an hour before the parade the rain started letting up enough that I thought I would try wrapping my gear in a plastic bag and at least try to squeeze off a few shots. Then just a few minutes before the start of the parade it stopped raining completely, and we ended up having a beautiful, relatively warm evening to watch my favorite Ferndale spectacle. The number of entries was down from last year but the Bansen's were back with their train. This year it was the Bipolar Express, and it made it through the whole parade even though it was limping with a flat front tire and a generator that kept quitting. Truly the engine that could.
Mon, Dec. 19, 2005 - Water under the Bridge
The Eel River went from 2' to 18' in less than 24 hours today. It was projected to hit flood stage which is 21, but it didn't make it. More rain is expected all week.
Tue, Dec. 20, 2005 - The Wall
At our house the effect of all the rain was also visible. Fortunately, the wall we built earlier this year keeps the water out. Just when it comes within an inch of the top of the bricks it crests the crown in the road and starts draining the other way. It rained enough that our reflecting pond filled up and we still haven't even put in the liner.
Wed, Dec. 28, 2005 - Rain, Rain, Go Away!
I am really starting to hate the last two weeks of December, as it seems like the flooding just keeps getting worse every year. Our herb garden, our paths, everything that we worked so hard on this summer are now under several inches of silt. Rain is in the forecast for the next 10 days so who knows what everything is going to look like when this is finally over. Fernbridge has been past flood stage since this morning, and about 15 minutes ago they closed the highway coming into town. We were going to go to dinner in Eureka tonight with Carol and John, it looks like we'll be going to the Ivanhoe instead.
Thu, Dec. 29, 2005 - Loleta from Tompkins Hill
Here's the view of Loleta from Tompkins Hill Road close to the peak of the flooding. Unbelievably it got worse than this, but I couldn't get out of Ferndale to get the picture. Mom and Grandma, this is the road that I took you guys on, but you probably don't recognize the view. The area from where the waves are breaking to the beginning of the foothills is about 5 miles, and that entire area was under water.
Fri, Dec. 30, 2005 - Waddington Sunset
I took this picture on the 28th. I've wanted to take a picture here with a nice sunset for a long time. I saw this sunset developing and John and I went out, just to get out of the house because it wasn't raining at the moment. There's a fence that winds through this field that is very pretty during a heavy rain because the fence sits in a little valley and so it is reflected in the water. At this point though there was so much water that the fence was almost completely submerged. I guess I'll have to try again later.
Sat, Dec. 31, 2005 - Power Out
Sometime around 9:00 this morning, most of Ferndale lost power. Winds were up to category 1 hurricane levels (98 mph recorded in Eureka) so trees and even buildings were crashing down everywhere. The fire department was jumping all day, starting with a boat rescue of some stranded people. By evening the power hadn't been restored and the prognosis wasn't good since so many lines had come down and many areas were simply inaccessible due to the flooding and landslides. Not wanting the year to end on a sour note, Greg Ford and Jason Queen of the FVFD took it upon themselves to haul a generator up to Ferndale's Christmas tree, and they were able to light the star and a couple of strands for at least a few hours before the rain started again. Pretty cool thing to do for the town, and everybody loved it! So that's then end of 2005, a rather sucky year in my opinion. Let's hope 2006 has more to offer.
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