A column by Fran
Published in The Territorial Dispatch
knocked, I was out in the backyard looking for four leaf
-- Rodney Dangerfield
Great things are
happening in the Yuba Sutter area and Charlie is keeping
track (no pun intended) of the progress at the new raceway
These will bring in
race fans and music fans. The Mudcats will bring in baseball
fans. With all these 'fans' the community should get the
reputation of being a really 'cool' place to be! (Eeeooh!
Sorry about that!)
Ron Harmon, who grew
up in the Oregon House area, is ready to seize the
opportunity that will come with more people visiting the
area and perhaps planning to stay for a while. He is
refurbishing the Lake Francis village and campground areas
and will be ready for a full summer of outdoor recreational
fun this year.
The lake itself has
been under 'reconstruction' for a couple of years and is
scheduled to be completed by this fall. It will then be
filled with water. However, it will not be available for
water sports this season. When it is finished it will be a
beautiful little lake again ...although somewhat larger than
Ron is planning a
Grand Opening March 17 - 19, complete with live music,
BBQ's, corned beef meals, crafts, dancing under the stars,
and lots more for the campground, RV park and village.
Other 'special events
weekends' are to include Memorial Day, the Fourth of July
and Labor Day. But every day will be filled with lots of
activities for all ages.
Some of the planned
activities include winery tours, music, games, socials, and
darts as well as swimming, volleyball, softball, nature
walks and plenty of mountain bike trails to enjoy.
The village will
feature a restaurant, camp store with ice cream cones, bar,
large clubhouse, children's playground, pool and a friendly
With hundreds of RV
spaces, plenty of room for tent camping, lots of outdoor
activities and a large clubhouse the Lake Francis Resort
should be a great place for groups as well as individual
The resort now has a
website that has all the information you need about staying
there, and a map to help you get there. Look up the website
at <lakefrancisrv.com> and then drive on up and meet
the friendly folks. It's a great ride and the Yuba foothills
are beautiful, especially in the spring.
especially, will love the quiet, scenic front yard they will
have while staying in the RV Park. When you live in a fifth
wheel, motorhome or a travel trailer the living room never
changes but the yard does!
We just changed our
front yard from the stark, peaceful beauty of the desert
south of Quartzsite, Arizona to a large RV Park along the
Colorado River on the Arizona side.
We needed to have
electricity and a phone line so we sacrificed the fantastic
night skies that occur when there are no man-made lights to
reduce their clarity. In exchange we have warmer nights and
a peaceful river to work by. Life is trade-offs.
In Quartzsite we were
'one in a million' ...literally. And there was only one way
to get to town from the desert where we stayed. Traffic
would be backed up two or three miles out of town, bumper to
bumper, on a two lane road. What slows the traffic down in
town is two four way stops with vehicles coming from all
four ways at each one. It takes two hours to go three
We always wonder why
we bother to stop by Quartzsite... the phenomenon draws us
back. In the summertime the population of the hot, dry town
is 2500 to 3000. In the wintertime the population of the
warm, dry town is 500,000 to a million! Local merchants and
seasonal vendors thrive on it. And RVers feel they don't
qualify as RVers unless they pass through Quartzsite at
least once during the late January phenomena.
-- Fran C. Crawford -