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
It wasn’t quite hot enough in early fall to wan to jump in
Those precipices were much starker in person
But I ended up getting a much better shot of this outcropping
High sierra peaks peaking out from the foothill mountains
This almost looks like a pile of boulders
Then I stopped at Hospital Rock, a seasonal encampment the native peoples used. I could easily imagine them here
I’d chill here under the shade for sure.
Too bad they paved over some of the area for the parking lot, but it is badly needed on this crazy winding road
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)
There were pictograms on the rocks
I don’t know what they say though, not sure if anyone does anymore
These oak acorns are native and were used as food after leaching out the tannins in water
Nearby were mortars they used to grind the acorns and other foodstuffs prior to further processing down at the nearby creek
This reservoir used to fill up to the trees, but hasn’t in many years
Down the road there was a glimpse of the water, but clearly it has been some time
I did catch a shot of the main lake
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
But the oaks were the stars, many hundreds of years old
This drainage canal was lined by these gigantic trees, the one to the right is easily 6 feet wide
The wild rose covered these trees, others had california grapes draping over their branches
This oak was easily 7 feet across and 500+ years old, very majestic
Next up: A beautiful showcase of south valley agriculture.