Saturday, January 5, 2019
We have a calling, one that requests that we volunteer once again. Samaritan’s Purse is a Christian organization devoted to helping people in need. such as those affected by hurricanes, tornadoes, and wildfires. One can contribute to Samaritan’s Purse monetarily or by volunteering. Since we have contributed many times monetarily we’ve also decided to donate our time. We are on our way to Paradise, Kali-fornia to help folks affected by the devastating Camp Fire that virtually burned the entire town to the ground. Upwards of 23,000 people have been displaced by that fire. We hope to help as much as possible.
So that’s what we’ve done- left home really at lot earlier than planned- five days earlier. Our destination for five nights is the Cal Expo RV Park, Sacramento. We’ve stayed there before but it’s been a while. Nothing fancy but a safe place to spend our time until our due date on January 9. Heck, we might even visit downtown Sacramento, Kali-fornia’s state capital while here. There are many RV parks closer to or within Chico, most of which do not have availability for five nights. You see, many folk who were made homeless by the Camp Fire are now their occupants. No matter, Cal Expo is not that far from Chico.
The drive over the mountain was uneventful. The road was clear with little snow around Truckee, elevation 6000′. However, a lot of that pretty white stuff clung to the rugged rock outcroppings of the high elevations that Interstate 80 deftly avoids. Before long we are heading down, down, down the long western slope to Sacramento, a city of over 500,000 souls and a mere 52′ in elevation. That’s 4870′ lower in elevation than our home in Reno! Traffic builds near Auburn with a little stop and go thrown in just for grins. Other than that and not being used to big city heavy traffic the trip went fine.
We are not due in base camp until Wednesday January 9 and it is less than a day’s drive away. However, this time of year one must keep a constant vigil on the weather if one wishes to travel from Reno west over Donner Summit, elevation 7200′. One day’s weather report is not the next. Two weeks out the weather looks fine for travel. A week out it looks a little iffy. By last Wednesday it appears as if nasty weather will set in several days before the planned travel date. Up to a foot of snow and wind up to 100 miles per hour is predicted in the Sierra Nevada with the first weather system to arrive this weekend with more to come shortly after that. Escape from our high desert abode may not be possible unless……. unless we leave several days earlier than first planned.
The weather is Sac is not going to be great. A large weather system is coming in and its going to be very wet. Hopefully we’ll be able to see some sights and visit with relatives that we haven’t seen for quite some time.