Christmas Craft Sale – 2001

Are you hoping to find some unique gifts for friends and family this Christmas season? If so, you should check out the annual Christmas Craft Sale at the Grange Hall. This year it will take place on December 5, 2001, starting at 8 am. Tables are available to sellers for $5. The traditional homemade bread and soup will be served.

The annual Christmas Craft Sale, held in the Grange Hall, is a long-standing Happy Camp holiday tradition.

2001 Fire Season Totals for the Klamath National Forest

The Bridge at Clear Creek
The Bridge at Clear Creek

After an abnormally dry summer, rainstorms have begun to refresh the forest around us. Most of California has reached low fire danger status, but the Forest Service lists the Klamath National Forest as still having a moderate danger of fire as of November 1, 2001.

There have been a total of 227 fires so far this year in our forest. They burned 10,122 acres. Most of the fires, 200 of them, were started by lightning strikes. The remaining 27 fires were started by human error.

The Leonid Meteor Shower

The annual November late night sky-show caused by the Leonid Meteors is coming up on November 17-18, 2001.

Scientists David Asher and Robert McNaught expect that 2001 will be a good year for viewing the meteors as the new moon will be only 3 days old, making it a very dark sky, good for stargazers. The Leonids are the dust left over from Comet Tempel-Tuttle in 1866.

For more information on what we can see in the sky over Happy Camp, check out the Sky and Telescope website.

California Earthquakes

Jim Berkland of beautiful Glen Ellen, California, seems like a nice down-to-earth guy. He is a former geologist for Santa Clara County and runs the SyzygyJob.Org earthquake prediction website.

He claims to have predicted the series of earthquakes that took place in Northern and Southern California in the last few days. Have you felt any of them?

This data, from the USGS earthquake database on November 1, 2001 at 09:17 a.m. EDT, shows a series of quakes from 3.0 to 5.4 magnitude in California:

2001/10/30 03:24:29 24.17N 109.02W 10.0
2001/10/30 12:58:32 34.35N 116.47W 9.4
2001/10/30 19:38:34 38.77N 122.73W 2.5
2001/10/30 21:07:43 38.84N 122.78W 2.3
2001/10/31 07:56:16 33.50N 116.52W 14.2

Berkland states that a series of small quakes indicate that there’s still unrest down below. If you’re living where the fault is slipping regularly, you’re unlikely to get large quakes, as this relieves the strain. The greatest concern now is between the California towns of Parkfield and Palmdale.

Could an earthquake happen in the area of Happy Camp? The answer is yes. There are earthquake faults all over the United States, except an area around the Dakotas and in Southern Florida. Pressure is building up under the volcanoes at Sisters, Oregon, where the ground is beginning to bulge ominously. Release of this pressure in volcanic activity could set off earthquakes in surrounding areas.

Halloween Happened

Happy Camp children had a wonderful Halloween. With a party at the Family Resource Center, the haunted trailer at Elk Creek Campground a few days before, and a hospitable candy-distribution system at homes throughout the town, we heard only good reports afterwards.

It may have been the full moon’s effect on local teenagers that caused someone to TP the trail near the highschool.

This full moon was the first one on Halloween since 1955… and the last one to take place on that date until 2020. That’s 19 years away. For more information, check out the Jack Stargazer website.

Memories of Happy Camp


It sometimes seems like a dream but it really happened! I had the most incredible place on earth to go through my youth, the beautiful mountains and clear creeks of Happy Camp. It has been 22 years since my parents dragged me kicking and screaming away from my childhood friends. I was 15 then. Idaho is nice but it was no replacement for what Happy Camp had to offer a boy in his youth.

When the movie “A River Runs Through it” came out I couldn’t help but be reminded of my own childhood. Thanks to my many friends, Eric Hokanson, Rusty Crocker, Tony Titus, Mouse (Wayne) Card, Lance Works, Ronnie White, Richie Bridenstein and many more, I have some of the most incredible memories. Anyone that can go a few yards from their home and have mountain creek swimming, a mountain for a play ground, and unlimited fishing holes knows how difficult it must have been to leave it all behind!

Every memory of growing up in Happy Camp brings a smile to my face. Everything from Kathy Burr giving me a bloody nose in 4th grade to teasing the bears with Eric Hokanson at the landfill. Nothing can replace the memory of playing flag football in the Crockers yard or floating tubes from our home on Indian creek to the Hokanson’s A frame. Few experiences in life have matched exploring the mountains or panning for gold on the banks of the Klamath. Where else can you be picking black berries and discover that a black bear is picking just on the other side of the bush! I have seen many logging trucks since I moved but never one that had a one log load! I have come to learn that there is nothing like a small home town football game. And Big Foot days, how could you replace that!

Thanks to the incredible aspects of Happy Camp and the wonderful people that I grew up with my childhood was like a dream. I often wonder about my old classmates and reminisce of old times. Too many times we allow life to run us over and we fail to do the really important things. Therefore, I thank you for the opportunity to avoid that mistake by expressing my sincere appreciation and love for my hometown and it’s good people.

My beautiful wife, 5 daughters and I will return to visit one day. Until then, may God bless you and find you all happy and well. Don’t take for granted what many people will never have the privilege of experiencing.

Mike Landrum
Layton, Utah

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