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Re: Newby - California Route Advice
« Reply #30 on: July 20, 2018, 09:02:16 AM »
How many years ago was that, Tom?  LA traffic has gotten exponentially worse even over the 5 years I was there ... at 3 in the afternoon it can take over an hour just to get from LAX to the 10.

Philipjones ... if you're interested in visiting dams, head north on I-5 out of LA.  You'll approach the base of Castaic Lake Dam, it has a visitors center and a no hookup campground, or nearby is Castaic Lake RV Park with full hookup sites.  Then a bit further north is Pyramid Lake and dam, with another visitor center that describes the California Water Project, the series of  canals and pumping stations that transports water uphill from Northern California to LA.

In northern CA, Oroville Dam's 770 ft. height makes it the tallest dam in the US, surpassing Hoover Dam by 50 ft.  As a bonus, it's in the middle of a massive reconstruction of it's spillway after the same storm system that closed Hwy 1 destroyed the old one and threatened the dam itself.

Oroville Dam is about 1 1/2 hours north of Sacramento.

Thanks Lou - damtastic info!


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Re: Newby - California Route Advice
« Reply #31 on: July 20, 2018, 03:35:15 PM »
California Route 1 near Big Sur just reopened yesterday!  So happy for the people in the area who had to close or reduce their businesses for a year after a slide closed the road.

When the Oroville Dam was built we walked across the Oroville bridge before the reservoir was filled with water.  It was too high for my taste!  Now we drive across it.

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Re: Newby - California Route Advice
« Reply #32 on: July 21, 2018, 11:53:08 AM »
I have a tip for Phil - if you decide to drive around Lake Tahoe be sure to do it in a clockwise direction. The lake looks much better.
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