It’s not all hustle and bustle for our auto transport drivers! They need rest, too! And this looks like as good as spot as any to unwind and get some sleep; along the Smith River just outside Reedsport, OR. The Smith River is a tributary of the Umpqua River and runs for about 90 miles. The river is named for Jedediah Smith, who in 1828 led a party of explorers from Utah overland to northern California and southern Oregon. The Smith River in California is also named for Jedediah. The city of Reedsport was incorporated in 1919 near the confluence of three rivers – the Umpqua, the Smith, and the Scholfield, and is the junction of Oregon Route 38 and U.S. Route 101,. It was named for a local settler, Alfred W. Reed, who founded the city in 1912. Built on marshy ground, for much of its history Reedsport has struggled with frequent flooding; most of its early buildings were elevated 3 to 8 feet above the ground. In the last part of the 20th century, Reedsport struggled with the collapse of the timber industry. In the last two decades, Reedsport has seen an increase of tourism. Part of this is due to its close proximity to the fishing of the Umpqua River. Another part of the recent surge in tourism is due to recreation at the nearby Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area in Winchester Bay. A number of businesses catering to all-terrain vehicles have opened in Reedsport to serve… Read more »
Life on the Road
Pictures of the interesting and beautiful sites our auto transport drivers encounter as they deliver vehicles all over the United States.
Every two years, Pandora Moths descend upon the Western United States in huge numbers. Why every two years? Well, that’s the extent of their life cycle. Pandora Moths are indigenous to the Western US, and live for about two years. Around the end of June, the adult moths appear; they lay eggs which hatch in August. Over the winter, the larvae remain on the tree, feeding on its foliage. The following summer, the insects drop off the trees and pupate, burying themselves in the ground, where they will remain for a year (or, in some areas, 2–4 years), until they emerge as adult moths. The larvae populations sometimes reach high enough levels to cause severe defoliation; such outbreaks have occurred in northern Arizona, central Oregon, and southern California. This photo, taken by our driver Kevin Davis, is in Oregon. The first outbreak of Pandora moths in Oregon occurred back in 1890. In even-numbered years, the young insects live as caterpillars, and head in to the trees where they devour the needles of ponderosa and lodgepole pine trees. Well fed, the caterpillars burrow in to the soil for the winter, and emerge again in odd numbered years as moths, congregating around bright lights, mating, and by the end of summer, dying. Fun fact: The Paiutes of California’s Owens Valley and Mono Lake harvest, prepare, store, and eat the larvae of the Pandora moth, which they call piuga. The larvae are collected during their late August migration across the forest floor at… Read more »
On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America was treated to an eclipse of the sun, and one of our drivers was lucky enough to be delivering cars within the Path of Totality in Idaho Fall, ID!. These two shots were taken at the same spot; one was before the eclipse began, the other as totality approached! While our drivers are dedicated to getting your car delivered quickly, this was the first total eclipse in North America in 38 years, so it’s no wonder everything halted during the event! Anyone within the path of totality was able to see one of nature’s most awe inspiring sights – a total solar eclipse. This path, where the moon completely covered the sun and the sun’s tenuous atmosphere – the corona – was briefly able to be seen, stretched from Salem, OR, to Charleston, SC. Outside this path people saw a partial solar eclipse where the moon covers part of the sun’s disk. Eclipses, whether solar or lunar, occur because of the periodic alignments of the sun, Earth, and moon. These three bodies, orbit in space in very predictable paths. Ever since the days of Kepler and Newton, we have been able to predict the motion of planetary bodies with great precision. Solar Eclipses happen when the moon moves between Earth and the sun. You might think that this should happen every month since the moon’s orbit, is between about 27 and 29 days long. But our moon’s orbit is tilted with… Read more »
J&S transport cars for the general public as well as dealerships and auto auctions. While picking up cars at DAA Northwest in Spokane, WA, one of our drivers spotted this: The USAF Thunderbirds at a nearby airshow. Our drivers not only get to experience the beauty of the natural world as they cruise down the highways transporting cars for our customers, they sometimes run across some pretty interesting events, too. While traveling down US 90, our driver Sam Nixon passed by Fairchild AFB, which was hosting an airshow featuring the Thunderbirds. Fairchild AFB was established in 1942 as the Spokane Air Depot. It is named in honor of General Muir S. Fairchild, A World War I aviator. The USAF Air Demonstration Squadron, aka “Thunderbirds,” is the air demonstration squadron of the United States Air Force. The Thunderbirds were created in 1953, and are the third oldest flying aerobatic team, after the US Navy Blue Angels (formed in 1946) and French Air Force Patrouille De France (formed in 1931). They unit is based at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada. The Thunderbirds Squadron tours the United States and much of the world, performing aerobatic formation and solo flying in specially marked aircraft. The squadron’s name is taken from the legendary creature that appears in the mythologies of several indigenous North American cultures.
J&S drivers encounter many beautiful and interesting sights as they travel America delivering cars for our customers. From the wacky to the weird, to Americana, to flora and fauna, our drivers see it all. Some of our transports take us out to the west coast where scenes like this are possible. Taken on the Oregon coast, this is one of the more beautiful Pacific sunsets you’ll ever see. If you haven’t been out to the west coast to experience the Pacific Ocean and take in the breathtakingly beautiful scenery it offers, you should remedy that right away. Watching the sun set into the ocean is one of the wonders of the natural world. Photo by Danny Lindstrom.
J&S Transportation’s auto transport drivers are often away from home for days at a time as they travel the highways of the US delivering cars for our customers. Being away from home can be difficult for anyone, but you can ease your mind a little with a home security system like this one! The garden gnome ninja! While not exactly and ADT system, this little guy will give you the peace of mind that comes from knowing your family and belongings are secure. Remember; it’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog. Ne’er do wells and hooligans beware, lest ye suffer death from the ankle down! Don’t let the cuteness fool you: this guy is all business! Photo by David Maxwell.
Summer in the American West means fire season. As the snows of winter melt, and the showers of spring subside, vegetation growth takes off. When the dry season hits, this undergrowth is prime fuel for wildfires. If you live in the West, it’s a fact of life. Sooner or later, there will be a wildfire in your vicinity. Encountering a wildfire is one of the lesser known and uncommon but valid hazards our auto transport drivers encounter from time to time as they deliver cars across the US. But never fear; our guys have the good sense to avoid the danger and not put your vehicle at risk! This shot of a wildfire was taken by J&S driver Sam Nixon as he traveled down I-90 between Columbus, MT (which was originally called Sheep Dip), and Park City, MT. Park City is in Stillwater County, Montana, and is located 20 miles outside of Billings, the most populous city in Montana. With a population of870 at the 2000 census, Park City has a small town atmosphere. The largest building in the city is Park City School building, and most of the historical buildings are made of sand stone, due to the large sand stone cliffs to the north of the town. The town has a library, fire department, two gas stations/convenience stores, three churches of different denominations as well as 2 bars. The town serves as a bedroom community for the neighboring cities of Laurel, MT and Billings, MT. Most inhabitants are… Read more »
Driving through Portland, OR, one of our drivers came across this: a group of floating homes in the Portland Marina! Not houseboats, floating homes! Pretty neat! These houses are along Marine Drive in the Portland Marina of the Columbia River. If you Google Maps the area, and use the Satellite feature, you can see a whole bunch of these floating home developments. We think it’s cool, but have to wonder how they fair when the river floods. We’re sure they planned for that contingency, but still would like to know the logistics of how they stabilize these homes. That being said, it must be soothing to be rocked to sleep by the motion of the river as the water flows past. Sounds quite relaxing and peaceful. Photo by Charlotte Rodriguez.
As J&S’s auto transport drivers travel the highways of the US delivering cars for our customers, the encounter many beautiful and interesting sights and scenes. And every once in a while, they get spot some of the native fauna. While traveling down I-90, one of our drivers was lucky enough to spot this endangered species, the iconic Grizzly Bear, on the banks of the Gallatin River, near Three Forks, MT. Lewis and Clark called the bear the grisley or “grizzly”, which could have meant “grizzled” (for the golden and grey tips of the hair) or “fear-inspiring.” Nonetheless, after careful study, naturalist George Ord formally classified it in 1815 – not for its hair, but for its character – as Ursus horribilis (“terrifying bear”). The grizzly bear is listed as threatened in the contiguous United States and endangered in parts of Canada. The Gallatin River is a tributary of the Missouri River, and it is one of three rivers, along with the Jefferson and Madison, that converge near Three Forks, MT, to form the Missouri. The river was named in July 1805 by Meriwether Lewis for Albert Gallatin, the U.S. Treasury Secretary from 1801–14. The western fork was named for President Thomas Jefferson and the central fork for Secretary of State James Madison. The Gallatin River is one of the best whitewater runs in the Yellowstone-Teton Area. In June, when the snowmelt is released from the mountains, the river has a class IV section called the “Mad Mile”. This section is… Read more »
If you happen to be traveling down US 95 in Idaho near the Nez Perce Reservation, make sure to stop by the town of Grangeville, just outside the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest. Grangeville is the home to the Graneville Elk Horseshoe sculpture. Grangeville is located where the edge of the Camas Prairie and Nez Perce National Forest converge. The Nez Perce name for Grangeville was Sike-sike, meaning “the foot of the mountain,” which is appropriate as from the floor of the prairie the Bitterroot Mountains rise 2800 vertical feet to provide an the beautiful backdrop for the City of Grangeville. Just outside town is the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest. The Nez Perce National Forest was established on July 1, 1908, but in 2012 The Nez Perce National Forest and Clearwater National Forest were administratively combined as Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests. The Camas Prairie, a traditional Nez Perce gathering place, is named for the blue flowering camas, an important food source for Native Americans in the Northwest. The rolling hills and plains of the Camas Prairie mark the heart of the Nez Perce Indian Reservation. The Grangeville Elk is made up of 600 used horseshoes and weighs over 600 pounds. It is the brainchild of artist Bud Thomas, who specializes in wildlife sculptures made of used horseshoes. You never know what slice of Americana you’ll find as you travel the highways of America, and our auto transport drivers encounter quite a bit of it! Photo submitted by J&S Transportation driver Hector… Read more »