The Trip Down to Visalia – Mountains and Native American Sites

On my way home from Sequoia National Park I got a bunch of nice pics of the mountains and rocks and stopped at a couple native american sites.

First, this is right next to where I camped in sequoia, it was very low due to drought, but was so refreshing

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It wasn’t quite hot enough in early fall to wan to jump in

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Those precipices were much starker in person

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But I ended up getting a much better shot of this outcropping

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Granite

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High sierra peaks peaking out from the foothill mountains

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This almost looks like a pile of boulders

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Then I stopped at Hospital Rock, a seasonal encampment the native peoples used. I could easily imagine them here

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Can’t you?

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I’d chill here under the shade for sure.

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Too bad they paved over some of the area for the parking lot, but it is badly needed on this crazy winding road

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The natives helped an injured pioneer here who ended up being a founder of the preservation movement in the area (or something, it’s been a while)

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There were pictograms on the rocks

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I don’t know what they say though, not sure if anyone does anymore

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These oak acorns are native and were used as food after leaching out the tannins in water

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Nearby were mortars they used to grind the acorns and other foodstuffs prior to further processing down at the nearby creek

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This reservoir used to fill up to the trees, but hasn’t in many years

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Down the road there was a glimpse of the water, but clearly it has been some time

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I did catch a shot of the main lake

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Once in the valley, I went to a native oak preserve that holds some of the last old-growth valley oaks in the state (and world). They use it as an environmental education site to teach kids about native culture

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But the oaks were the stars, many hundreds of years old

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This drainage canal was lined by these gigantic trees, the one to the right is easily 6 feet wide

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The wild rose covered these trees, others had california grapes draping over their branches

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This oak was easily 7 feet across and 500+ years old, very majestic

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Next up: A beautiful showcase of south valley agriculture.

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One Response to The Trip Down to Visalia – Mountains and Native American Sites

  1. Mary says:

    You got some great pictures!

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