Summer cool adventure: discover Crystal Cave

Crystal Cave has been managed by the Sequoia Natural History Association since 1982. In 2003, vandals destroyed hundreds of formations in three caves in Sequoia National Park, including a dozen in the entrance way to Crystal Cave, so now you can only visit the Cave with a guided tour. Tickets are not sold at the cave entrance, but can be purchased in person at the Foothills or Lodgpole visitor centers in Sequoia National Park.

See this link for details: Crystal Cave tours.


Star-gazing this Saturday at Dry Creek Preserve

The Sequoia Riverland Trust is sponsoring a star gazing series at the Dry Creek Preserve on Saturday, July 18, from 8:30-10:30 pm.  Several large telescopes will be on hand, and amateur astronomer Dave Adalian and others from the Tulare Astronomical Association will answer questions on the stars and planets, the constellations, and the universe. For details go to the Trust’s website event link where you will find more details about this particular event. Another stargazing evening is also planned for this Fall on October 24.

The Dry Creek Preserve is located near Lemon Cove. From Visalia, travel east on Highway 198 to Highway 216.  Follow Highway 216 west toward Woodlake one-half mile and turn right (north) on Dry Creek Road. The preserve is located two miles down on your right.

pasture near Dry Creek
pasture near Dry Creek

Goings-On Saturday, July 18

Free Park entrance weekend on July 18 and 19 for Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.  The $20 7-day pass fee will also be waived on August 15-16.

Hot Dog Festival sponsored by the Three Rivers Historical Society from 10 am-4 pm at the Three Rivers Historical Museum on HWY 198 in Three Rivers. Offering hot dogs, corn-on-the-cob, and root beer floats for $5 per person. Meet local firefighters. Live music by Mankin Creek. Open to the public. Call 561-2707 for information.  All proceeds benefit the Three Rivers Volunteer Firefighters and Three Rivers Historical Museum.

23nd Annual “Picnic in the Park” sponsored by the Mineral King Preservation Society starting at 12 noon, in the cabin area adjacent to road’s end, Mineral King area of Sequoia National Park. The picnic will include a program by Jana Botkin, Mineral King artist, and a living history presentation starring Mary Trauger, who will discuss the Mineral King mining days. Bring a picnic lunch and folding chair or blanket; lemonade and cookies provided. Free and open to the public (park entrance fee required but this is a free weekend for the Park.)

Foreman cabin 1920s The Foreman cabin in Mineral King circa 1920, to  read more about the history of the cabins go to the “cabin profiles” page at Society’s website.

Slick Rock Recreation Area Celebration this Saturday

The Army Corps of Engineers, in conjunction with the Sequoia Foothills Chamber of Commerce, is having an opening celebration for the new Slick Rock Recreation Area at Lake Kaweah on July 4 from 12-4 pm.  Billed as an Old Fashioned Family Fun Day, there will be a BBQ (offered by the Village Market),  a homemade ice cream making contest (bring your favorite ice cream) and a fishing derby for children.

July 4th will be a fee free day at the Slick Rock area only.

Call the Kaweah Heritage Visitors Center at 559-597-2005
for more information, or to sign up for the competitions.


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It takes a village…

The blog plan is to share stories about what it means to live, work and play in Three Rivers.  This could include stories from both residents and visitors.  Nature would have a lot to say if it actually used words for story-telling. What’s your life like here?

driving home to Three Rivers on the Woodlake road
driving home to Three Rivers on the Woodlake road

Three Rivers’ Author Book Signing

book cover_cropped_001_resampledChristy Wood of Wood N’Horse Training Stables will be signing her new book on July 5, 2009, from 1-4 pm at Anne Lang’s Emporium. Your Best Horse Show: a Guide for Managers and Exhibition is debuting this month.

Christy writes in the book, “…I have competed in open shows, schooling shows, regional and state breed shows, and world and national breed shows. I have competed from California to Florida and internationally.  Many of these shows are not remembered in detail except by looking at my trophy shelf with a a smile.”

She offers riding instruction to youth and amateur riders from beginners to advanced levels at her stables on North Fork Drive in Three Rivers.

Call 559-561-4268 for appointments.

Lavender Harvest Sale

images-3Barbara Lahmann at the Livingston Lavendar Gardens is hosting the second Saturday of her annual harvest sale on June 20, 2009. The public is invited to tour the gardens, purchase lavendar bundles and sample lavender refreshments from 8am to 12 noon.   Lahmann says, “I am developing lavendar gardens surrounding our home for tours and lavender-harvest sales. I have planted lavendar gardens with over 20 varieties for display.” The gardens are located at 43927 Kaweah River Drive in Three Rivers, CA.  Call 559-561-4190 for more information.

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