Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Sunday, December 26, 2010
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Almost five weeks ago, a fire started up Bull Run Creek and devastated our lovely "back yard". We're going to have to learn to appreciate the beauty of what remains, and it's encouraging to see the greenery already pushing up at the roots of the burnt trees. In some ways parts feel like a northern forest in the middle of winter, with ash taking the place of snow. It's going to be interesting to find what remnants of the past have been revealed by the removal of all that (highly flammable) undergrowth.
|Bull Run Five Weeks Later|
Saturday, June 05, 2010
It was an fascinating day in Kernville. We awoke to discover the river had gone up some 2500 feet from the previous day. Impressive, to say the least. We spent some time admiring the volume of water, then went to the Farmers Market. On the way back we stopped at Riverside Park to watch all the activity.
|Scene Along the Kern, non emergency edition...|
A while after we got home, a sheriff's car with flashing lights came zipping down the driveway. We met him outside the house, and he told us he needed to get to the river. Out we went with him, to witness the rescue of a raft full of first-timers who'd gotten a little too intimate with some trees that normally are on dry land.
|Swift Water Rescue. (Edited)|
Thursday, June 03, 2010
This trail was once the way to work for those building the adits and tunnels of the Edison power plant, KR3. It's been rediscovered and tended, and now offers stunning views of the river and valley below.
The hand terraced trail stretches from the intake near Fairview to the power plant, just below Riverkern, though some of it is still difficult to find. The original project was completed in 1921.
I've hiked a five mile section of the trail twice in the last week or so, and here are a couple of slide shows.
|A Stroll with the Blister Sisters|