January 2017: Pioneering on the Klamath

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By Judy Bushy
The first week of the New Year, and I think we have 3 to 4 feet of snow in most areas. Plowed up in heaps to the rooftops in some places, as there is plenty of snow to clear!! It reminds me of childhood in Minnesota. How kids used to enjoy ice skating near our home, making snow angels and playing fox and goose as we chased around circles in the snow. We dressed for it every day, snow pants, warm coats, hats, scarves and mittens!

The complicating factor, when we get snow in Happy Camp, is that the electricity goes off. At our home it went off Monday night about 6:20 p.m. The generator didn’t want to start. Since we’d had dinner, sensible thing to do is turn in for the night.

The electricity came back on Tuesday afternoon, but only for a few hours. About 6:30 in the evening, off it went again. Curly Jack Road hadn’t been plowed, so that’s one way to get a good night’s sleep! Wednesday and Thursday evening, being under blankets and quilts was the only place to be, it was getting a little old! Some people had electricity and we didn’t.

We have good neighbors. Craig Lighthill was driving his truck to the rescue of stranded motorists and others, and made a path in our driveway. Our good neighbor, Carol Day had two strong men, son T.J. and grandson, who came to help.

Dan shoveled out and put chains on the pickup truck. Off he went to see Kingfisher Market, get the mail, and brought a pizza from Pizza House to eat by candlelight. In the middle of the night, our son, Stephen arrived from Yreka with the neatest lantern, it will even charge my cellphone! How amazing! So of course, the next day the electricity was back on, for awhile!

We are experienced in pioneering skills in Happy Camp! We have good neighbors, and it is kind of nice to have a quiet spell for a change. Later, Stephen got the generator going as well so we will do better next outage.
Saturday morning we woke up to electricity blinking off again!

Thanks to Kathy Purvis standing at the cold gas pumps helping people get gas. Linda is quilting. Friends are shoveling neighbor’s driveways, bringing firewood, picking up supplies, checking on neighbors. You really feel the warmth and gratitude for living here along the wild and beautiful Klamath River with the best neighbors ever!

Sure appreciated when the oven was working awhile that Dan made oatmeal cookies and hot chocolate! Some use this time to catch up on a few things, spend time with friends and family, play a game by candlelight, nap, cook up something special on the woodstove and count your many blessings. Debbie Bickford says, “Count your blessings, Name them one by one…You will be surprised what the Lord has done” is one of her favorite hymns and it’s a good way to live as well.

There was no Happy Camp Christian Fellowship gathering Sunday, snow still filled the parking lot.
Rogue Weather report for our area said that the East locations will take longer to change over from snow to rain but will eventually have rain (we are!) Ice may accumulate in areas where freezing rain develops and the impact on travel could be severe, so travel is NOT advised. Snow packed roads create hazardous driving conditions especially when freezing rain is on top of the ice as it is extremely slippery. If you must travel, take tire chains, a flashlight, food, water, any necessary medications and a fully charged phone with you. Drive with care. Keep safe! Stay inside and warm, when possible, in hazardous conditions!

Glad and Grateful New Year!

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by Judy bushy
Sunday morning we hoped to welcome our first sunrise of the new year. It’s a beautiful sight to see, if the clouds don’t obscure the view. This year, however, we looked out to beautiful light fluffy new snow!! Not only that, but my dear red Australian Shepherd was enjoying it! He runs around pushing his nose in the snow and shaking it off on occasion and seemed thrilled to have the new play matter all around.

Celebrating such beauty and hope, from the inside of a warm home, reminds us how grateful we are to have that nice warm shelter, but also to be able to look around at such beauty on a daily basis.

Bruce Harlow posted his New Year’s Grateful List! The things that he is grateful for, living in Happy Camp were, first of all our small market, Kingfisher Market, that packs so many things in it. He also appreciated that they even have a butcher. He is thankful for our water service, Happy Camp Community Services District, as well as sewer which is through the Happy Camp Sanitary District.

We are very thankful for Pacific Power and Light and I will add that with snow coming down, that it hasn’t gone off! Sometimes snow on trees causes’ disruption, but that makes us more grateful when all is working well. With snow on the roads today, we appreciate CalTrans and the County Road workers who help to keep the roads safe for travel.

Bruce also mentioned being grateful to the Karuk Tribe, who do so much for the entire community, not only their natives and descendants, and the Forest Service. I’m especially grateful for Jim Elison, District Recreation Officer who made a map and listed trails that are convenient for hiking around town.

Everyone is grateful to the Post Office that brings us our mail, and for those without computers who want email get it at the Happy Camp Computer Center. Packages are also brought by FedEx and Tom with UPS. Our schools are appreciated and the teachers, bus-drivers, and all the staff.

What would we do without the businesses, Double J, Pizza House, Clinic Pharmacy, Rick’s Auto Supply and Al’s Garage that keep things humming along when we need things. We have a large number of churches and non-profit organizations for which we are grateful, and youth programs. To his list, Bruce added, “Everyone who cares and keeps on working to make it better”, a “Thank You, and Happy New Year!”

To that list, Scott Grandstaff added, “Don’t forget Fire and Ambulance; Selfless heroes out there risking their lives in the middle of the night, for us. The Highway Patrol and the Sheriff’s Deputies also serve our community.

With grateful hearts, we look forward to the new calendar year and it is exciting to think of all the opportunities that await us, some planned, and some we probably don’t even know about yet. While preparing the Chamber calendar for the coming year I noticed Saturday is a Mid Klamath Food Shed and the Karuk DNR is having a Pruning Workshop at Sandy Bar Ranch from One o’clock to four O’clock, rain or shine. They ask you to dress accordingly. Give them a call at MKWC 627-3202 or email mark@mkwc.org for details of the workshop.

Basketball coming
The High School is looking forward to beginning more Basketball, but not this week. The first games are the 10th at Big Valley and 14th when Dunsmuir comes here. Homecoming is planned for February 3rd. In only 17 days, some of our high school students will be attending the Inauguration of President Donald Trump in Washington, D.C., that will be something to tell their children and grandchildren about!

Longfellow’s Christmas Grief

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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote one of my favorite Christmas Carols on Christmas day in 1863. He was a 57 year old widowed father of six children. In 1961.His wife, Fannie’s dress had caught fire.His face was so burned trying to save her that he couldn’t even go to her funeral,. In 1963 his son, Charles Appleton Longfellow left home to join Lincolns Army to fight in the Civil War. Charley got typhoid fever and was out for the Gettysburg battle, but went back. December 1st Henry received a telegram saying Charley was seriously wounded and moved to New Hope Church. When he went to his side, he was told that he might be permanently paralyzed. Fortunately, the bullet missed his spine by a fraction of an inch but the doctor wasn’t sure about his recovery. Back home on Christmas Day, he wrote, I heard the Bells on Christmas Day:
I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play, and wild and sweet The words repeat Of peace on earth, good-will to men!
And thought how, as the day had come,
The belfries of all Christendom Had rolled along The unbroken song Of peace on earth, good-will to men!
‘Till ringing, singing on its way,
The world revolved from night to day, A voice, a chime, A chant sublime Of peace on earth, good-will to men!
Then from each black, accursed mouth
The cannon thundered in the South, And with the sound The carols drowned Of peace on earth, good-will to men! It was as if an earthquake rent
The hearth-stones of a continent, And made forlorn The households born Of peace on earth, good-will to men!
And in despair I bowed my head;
“There is no peace on earth,” I said; “For hate is strong, And mocks the song Of peace on earth good-will to men!”
Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
“God is not dead,nor doth He sleep; The Wrong shall fail,The Right prevail, With peace on earth, good-will to men.”

A friend, neighbor and sister for 45 years posted on Facebook that this time isn’t so happy for some, and is lonely for others. So, please, share a smile, or greeting, or some time with those who may not have such a joyous celebration. Forgive those who you’ve counted as enemies as the One whse birthday we celebrate has exemplified. And there is plenty of ways to cheer others this time of year. https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_c_2_16?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=christmas+carols+songbook&sprefix=Christmas+Carols%2Caps%2C329&crid=3IS136133PLNR&rh=n%3A283155%2Ck%3Achristmas+carols+songbook

“I heard the bells on Christmas Day!”…Peace on Earth, Good Will to men!

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What do you think of when you remember Christmas as a child, a youth, and through the years?
My early Christmases were spent at the large two story home that my grandfather, Granville Ainsworth Hudson, had built over fifty years before as home for his new bride, my grandmother, Lena. There was plenty of space for five daughters, son, all the spouses and at least a dozen children for breakfast. No one could do anything until breakfast of oatmeal and cherries, was eaten together and the dishes all washed, except look at the beautifully lit tree, We’d first seen the tree that morning as the adults decorated late Christmas eve. After dishes, we opened presents and then my mother would gather us to leave for church. I’d put on a red choir robe for the junior children’s choir. The organ would play out the joyous music as the bells in the tower rang and we began the processional singing down the aisle.

It is such fun to see the joyous anticipation of children at this time of year. At a department store in Minneapolis while in High School— two Christmas seasons. It was especially fun when I got to help the elves make handmade candy canes that were given out by Santa Claus! Cleaning up the orange soda that was stuck everywhere from the tykes dropping them wasn’t as much fun, but it was so neat to see people thoughtfully buying gifts for the children in their lives!

After meeting my husband the week of high school graduation at seventeen, we were busy driving from Minneapolis to Bayfield, Wisconsin each Christmas Eve. After time with my family we drove 300 miles to Dan’s family on the shores of Lake Superior for Christmas morning. Usually there was a blizzard. It was always beautiful and we loved the snow. The years went by and we added pur little ones, and they kept growing up fast.

As they years went by I’d usually have first five or six and then ten or more children every day for daycare. We’d make something new, ornaments, gifts, wrapping paper and cards; projects of artwork and stories, songs and games each day in December.. That was always fun!

But sometimes this isn’t such a happy time of year. There was 1976, when my mother was in the hospital, mostly unconscious from before Thanksgiving to New Years eve.. We were grateful for the years the Lord had given us with her as she was expected to leave us six months after the diagnosis/ Instead, by the Lord’s mercy, was able to be present for four grandchildren thirteen years later.

I remember in 1990, crying for months solid. It is unbelievable how much tears a person has capacity to shed. Anytime “I’ll be home for Christmas” was sung or another program suggested families all being together, would bring on another cloudburst, since our oldest son had gone home to be with the Lord October 26th.

Even when it isn’t a time of great grief or sorrow, this time of year it just seems like there should be gatherings of friends and family, When that isn’t possible, missing them is hard. So sometimes this time of year isn’t the joy and excitement as it is at other stages of life.

I heard the bells on Christmas Day by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, written at a time of civil war and hardship, speak of the truth of the joy of the season. “I heard the bells on Christmas Day Their old, familiar carols play, and wild and sweet the words repeat, of peace on earth, good-will to men! Then from each black, accursed mouth the cannon thundered in the South,And with the sound the carols drowned,
Of peace on earth, good-will to men! It was as if an earthquake rent the hearth-stones of a continent, And made forlorn the households born of peace on earth, good-will to men!
And in despair I bowed my head, “There is no peace on earth,” I said; “For hate is strong,And mocks the song Of peace on earth good-will to men!”
Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
“God is not dead, nor doth He sleep; The Wrong shall fail,The Right prevail, With peace on earth, good-will to men.”
With all the hate and war on the earth, lets remember the way of peace on earth, good will to men!

Outdoor Family Fun and hikes around Happy Camp!

A view of Happy Camp, California - from the top of the town trail, on the south side of the Klamath River.

After climbing the Town Trail, you get to rest at the top at a picnic table, and enjoy this beautiful view of Happy Camp, California


by Judy Bushy
The beautiful little town of Happy Camp is a very well kept secret! The theme has always been Outdoor Family fun! This area along the Klamath River certainly lives up to that.

We traveled 729 miles this week within three days, leaving Thursday and coming home Saturday. The one best thing about a grandparents Christmas is the joy in seeing the tykes and getting all those hugs! At the same time, t was good to get back to the quiet forest, and be able to find the post office, and be close to home!! Reminders of how nice it is to live in Happy Camp, among our Klamath Neighbors!. Only thing better would be if all the children and grandkids could be airlifted in on a regular basis and not so very far away.

Earlier in the week, Jeff Ellison at the Happy Camp District of the Klamath National Forest shared news about new signs. Signs have been added along Highway 96 to welcome visitors to our community. . The Forest service has new signs that help travelers know where to go for information and restrooms. CalTrans has added the information that the Road over the hill goes to 199 the Redwood Highway, in only 38 miles, but that snow isn’t cleared in winter.

That is vitally important for travelers not accustomed to our area. Just the week or so before there was a case of a couple and children and dog who followed their GPS up the road from the Oregon side of the mountain. They got stuck. There was no cell service. They had to spend overnight there, but thankfully, were fine when rescued the next day. They were happy that even though they didn’t have cell phone service, 911 works anyway!!

Jeff is the Recreation expert at the local Forest Service office. He also shared a wonderful new handout for visitors to our area. Not only does it welcome them but shares the ample opportunity’s for everyone, boating, fishing, swimming, biking, the museum, recreational mining, scenic drives and the hikes. The community river Walk is a nice easy hike with an interpretive information following along the Klamath River.

Then there are the moderate hikes, up Town Trail, Elbow Springs, Elk Creek up at Sulphur Springs, Fort Goff, Grider Creek and the Benjamin Creek Trail going from just over a mile to five and a half miles. For more strenuous trails one can follow clear Creek into the Siskiyou Wilderness over 23 miles from which I’ve seen beautiful photos taken. The Bear Lake Trailhead is also nearly three miles climbing into the Marble Mountains to the Pacific Crest Trail.

Come to think of it, one who wanted a very long strenuous trail (for months) to take the Pacific Crest Trail to Mexico or to Canada. And to think that it all is available right here in Happy Camp. One can start with the easy, move up to the moderate and end up hiking for an extended summer vacation!

Thanks to Jeff for all the helpful information to share with travelers who contact the Happy Camp Chamber of Commerce all the time. They keep us busy answering letters, e-mails and phone calls!

Can Anyone tell me What Christmas Is All About?

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by Judy Bushy
We are going to see a Charlie Brown’s Christmas. I know, it is old. When I was working at the Art Instruction Schools office in 1965, Charles Schultz was one of our artist instructors for those who wanted to learn cartooning. At the same time, he was having his first full length movie, Charlie Brown’s Christmas. I’m sure you ‘ve heard it. It has a lilting little tune that stays in your head even when you haven’t heard it for a very long time but brings to mind Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus and all the gang.

Last time we had to venture out of town, we did a little shopping. Mostly window shopping since trips usually fall before payday!!. It is ironic that one has to drive, usually at least an hour and a half, to go into the doctor’s office for fifteen minutes for lab tests! I shouldn’t complain, that’s better than the trip to Redding or Sacramento for the same lab tests!! But once one has driven all that way, some refreshments if not a full meal are required, gas and usually some little thing you’ve been waiting a week or a month to get out to where purchase is possible!

I was surprised. There were lots of decorations, snowmen, snowflakes, red ribbons and baubles and bows….but didn’t see one single thing that would tell whose Birthday we celebrate at Christmas. There was a interview on the street asking many people who were the people at the first Thanksgiving in America and none of them knew it was “pilgrims.” The only exception seems to be in the greeting card department, maybe only grandparents send cards anymore?

So I’m going to get busy and write some letters and watch Charlie Brown Christmas, because Linus knows why we celebrate Christmas!
And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
And the angel said unto them, “Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.”
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
““That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown

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