National Geographic : 1949 Nov
Helped by Shovelers, a Sno-Cat Struggles up Ruddy Hill Battling over a high pass, the snowmobile threatened to slip sideways pelted by bulletlike snow, slogged ahead digging a 1,000-foot trench (page the downhill side kept the Cats on course. At midnight we were digging down through 12 feet of snow to find ground on which to build a fire. We were at a place called Watch man Junction. We had spent the evening hunting for a cabin we never found. Bone weary, we made camp as snow still sifted down (page 697). Our fire, flaring into blessed life, threw flickering light on white-mantled pines and firs. Stopped by the deep soft powder, we tried to locate an alternate track, a dotted line on the map. Arch and three helpers, fanning out on skis, couldn't find it. Sunshine Cheers the Party Our short-wave radio finally pulled us out of that jam. Arch raised his office in Med ford the second afternoon. Another Sno-Cat found its way in to meet our bogged-down cavalcade. We were sprung at last from our snowy trap. One of the only two full days of sunshine on the trip cheered us immensely on the in the Teeth of a Storm down the slope. A shovel squad, 708). The wall thrown up along run along the beautiful upper Rogue River. "That rushing water's mighty pretty," Arch said, "but it's also 'liquid gold.' We recently made a dollars-and-cents estimate of the value of Rogue River water. The study showed that 2,624,000 acres of this drainage basin produced water, mostly from snow, that was worth $10,800,000 for irrigated crops, power generation, and municipal water supply." Passing Mount Bailey's bald dome and the needle spike of Mount Thielsen (page 696), we clattered on to a cabin beyond scenic Diamond Lake. West of this point, 20 miles down the North Umpqua River, Jack and I later visited thundering snow-fed Toketee Falls (page 698). There the California Oregon Power Company (locally "COPCO") is rushing a 40,000-kva hydroelectric installation to help meet Oregon's mounting power hunger. John C. Boyle, vice president and general manager of the company, showed us a strik ing job of engineering.