I intended to undertake an early ride from our rental cabin on the Klamath River up to our son’s ranch in Montague, then return to the cabin by bike later in the day following familial festivities.

However, overnight a thick fog formed in the river valley and the temperature dropped to almost 20° F. When I went outside after sunrise, practically everything was covered in ice.

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11 response to "Klamath"

  1. By: NancyG Posted: November 24, 2020

    Stunning photos Bill. Brrrrr.

    • By: Bill Stone Posted: November 25, 2020

      Brrrr for me for sure! I don’t think the temp has plummeted to 20 degrees F in all the years I’ve lived in Santa Rosa, so that was quite a shock to my system.

  2. By: BobinVT Posted: November 24, 2020

    That frost is very cool. No pun intended (well, maybe intended a little bit). Good job getting out on at least the return part of the trip. And I say that as someone who wimped out on a 35 degree ride today, and opted for a hike in the more sheltered woods. I have a feeling I’d really like your son’s ranch.

    • By: Bill Stone Posted: November 25, 2020

      We’re very proud that our son and his wife, after much scrimping and saving, were able to buy the ranch a couple of months ago. No livestock right now, but plenty of opportunity for the future. Meanwhile, we all love the spectacular view down the valley to Mt Shasta. Also an excellent base for some enjoyable bicycling!

  3. By: gregblood Posted: November 24, 2020

    At last, another true believer in the beauty of ice, frost, and sub-freezing temperatures. The Mount Shasta picture was the best though. I’ll never see such a thing here in MN.

    • By: Bill Stone Posted: November 25, 2020

      Whether from the big windows across the front of the house or from the front deck, Mt Shasta definitely makes a dramatic centerpiece. As to “the beauty of ice, frost, and sub-freezing temperatures,” well, um, yeah, kind of, sort of, in moderation….

  4. By: Scooter Posted: November 24, 2020

    That’s really wonderful. It reminds me of a winter morning thirty years ago on Lava Butte cinder cone, looking at Mount Bachelor. The frost condition was very similar, striking enough that I’ve never forgotten.

    • By: Bill Stone Posted: November 25, 2020

      I’ve lived in some frosty wintertime places before (such as downstate Illinois, not far from Rich), but I don’t think I’ve ever seen that kind of formations of tiny ice crystals growing out like spikes. Plain old frost is one thing, but this seemed like a whole new phenomenon to me. The always reliable Internet seemed to indicate it’s quite unusual to get the right conditions of fog and temperature to freeze tiny droplets of water in that needle-like manner.

  5. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: November 25, 2020

    That’s a stunning view from your sons place. Those frost photos were amazing.

    • By: Bill Stone Posted: November 25, 2020

      They worked hard to be able to get the home and acreage they wanted, and an impressive view of Mt Shasta as well. I need to be careful when I’m driving around there, else I will run off the road because I’m staring at the mountain. 😉

  6. By: Suzanne Posted: November 26, 2020

    That spiky ice is amazing! Gorgeous pictures – I think I would just go out for a walk, though, and leave the bike at home.

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