Craig and Tyler Backhoe for a Pool
(Pictures taken March 7 and posted March 8,
© 2004 Herbert E. Lindberg
Sunday a week ago was beautiful (see Edwards Crossing
Hike) but this
Sunday was even more beautiful, with a warm sun and blue sky. Mary and
I decided to explore Scotts Flat
the short 1.3-mile trail (2.6 miles round trip) along its north shore.
On the way home we stopped to
see Craig, Jodie and Tyler in Nevada City.
The reservoir is much as one might expect at 3050
feet, but we wanted to see
the camp sites and learn the rules and
costs of use. Day use (as we did) is $6 per car up to 4 persons and $2
additional person. If we were to bring our boat it would be an
to launch the boat (to help pay for the good-sized parking lot for
and the two launching docks). They also rent small outboard-motor
fishing boats at $8/hr for
a 12-foot boat and $10/hr for a 14 foot boat, including one full tank
of gas, so for a
casual stop to tour the lake it's better to rent. Water skiing is part
activities and a
gas dock is provided along with a small general store open in peak
preceding May 15 to September 15). All this is at the Gate 2 entrance,
about 60 overnight camp sites and a picnic area. There are almost 100
at the Gate 1 entrance but the facilities are more primitive -- no
launch or gas dock.
The trail goes between the gates along the north
scene below is in the Gate 2 recreation area, with Mary looking at the
bait, tackle and cold drinks shack behind her. The gas dock is out onto
|We walked the trail from Gate 2 to Gate 1 and back.
takes off, with no sign, from the lakeside corner of the boat-trailer
area. It's a pleasant walk along an old miner's ditch. As you can see,
around the lake are almost all evergreen. Gate 1 and
all its bathroom and shower facilities are closed in the off season.
The lake is 530 acres
in area with a
capacity of 26,000 acre feet (average depth about 50 feet when full to
of the earth dam, which is at the end of the trail at Gate 1).
Mary scans the lake from the
| As we neared the Gate 2 area on our way back, we heard the loud
croaking of a multitude of small frogs in the miner's ditch. I zoomed
my camera in as best I could to capture one of the frogs croaking away
in its high pitch. I hadn't realized how much they puff up their cheeks
to provide the air for their croaking, in much the same way a bagpiper
blows up his bag and plays while he squeezes on it to maintain pressure.
Frog with cheeks and jowls
puffed up to make a series of croaks.
Side view of the same frog.
| We completed the trail back to the parking lot and then drove to
was 25 miles from our house to the Gate 2 parking lot and about 10
to Craig's. We didn't know if they would be home or not, but I figured
sunny day Craig would be working on his yard. Sure enough, there he was
and dumping dirt around with a backhoe, a $200/day rental. Everything
fine but a serious complication is that at the depth in these pictures
main water line from the well, and the sewer line to the leach field,
uncovered. These lines have to be moved or dug deeper into the ground,
of pick and shovel work.
Craig digging a base for a
Doughboy swimming pool.
Another view to the show pool
Tyler put in a two-minute
unprompted posing appearance.
Jodie explains something to
| Later, Tyler got up on the backhoe with Craig and actually did
scooping and dumping. Below he dumps a load while Craig sits with his
Tyler dumps a load onto a
new flat area being made with dirt from the swimming pool hole.
| Tyler stayed on the backhoe with Craig for about 15 minutes.
what little more he could without disturbing the exposed pipes and then
got ready to turn
the backhoe back by driving it down to the corner of American Hill Road
Old Downieville Road where he was to meet the flatbed truck from the
Tyler still likes to pose
for the record.
By the time Craig was done I'd finished the beer I mooched from Jodie,
her soda. It was time to drive home after this pleasant Sunday outing.