Saturday, June 05, 2010

A Busy Day on the Kern River

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

The Old Edison Trail

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.

Grant Hike

A Stroll with the Blister Sisters