Posted by: ramblinmanjimj | July 4, 2009

Let’s go Flumin’

Mary lives in the gold country of California. With no river really nearby, the local folks cool off by going fluming. The flumes were built during the gold rush to provide water to sluice the creek beds in the search for gold. The water flows downhill from higher elevations and there are many miles of flumes in this area. With the temperature at 96 someone said “Let’s go fluming!”

The first step is to drive several miles up a narrow, single-lane road. At last we arrive at the bridge crossing the flume.

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Here’s Mary, The Fluming Queen.

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The floaters head up-flume about one mile with their tubes.

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Three of us stayed behind to await the arrival of the flumers.

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Kristanne cools off in the flume with a glass of wine.

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Here they come! Virginia and Theo in the lead, Mary and Austin in second place and Cedric and Owen have yet to round the curve.

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Now to get out of the flume!

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Refreshments awaited the floaters.

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Here’s a link that present the history of the flume here in Calaveras County:
http://uticapower.com/utica_power_authority_history.html

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2009
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http://www.panamaorbust.com

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