FALL COLOR SENSORY OVERLOAD
Photos Courtesy Jana Botkin
When visiting Lake Kaweah, Three Rivers, and Sequoia National Park in the Fall, prepare for a sensory overload! Yes, here in Central California, we really do experience a “changing of the leaves.”!
Multi-colored liquid amber and bright red Chinese pistache line the banks of our meandering snow-melt rivers and dot our low-lying Foothills. Golden aspen shine in high-elevation Mineral King and the dogwood turn rosy/gold/pink/salmon/orange in mid-elevation Giant Forest. However, most folks are unaware that Central California also enjoys the largest Mediterranean climate on planet Earth! As a result, we not only experience a changing of the leaves, but also our first precious rains and snow — which turn our foothills a Spring-like green and dot them with wildflowers! It’s a bit like experiencing multiple seasons in a single season!
Our artists are clearly inspired by this and also by their many different cultural backgrounds. When you visit us during one of our free monthly 1st Saturday art festivals, the depth and variety is quite evident. At any 1st Saturday, you will see the influences of Africa in ceramic masks, aboriginal Australia in clay monoprints, Mexico in “dot art” and old world Europe in classic jewelry, along with American country-style jams and preserves, hand-woven shawls and place mats, a revival of American 60s-style plant hangers and key chains, and much much more.
Fall also means that Reimer’s Candies and Ice Cream begin making their cinnamon ice cream and their traditional German holiday bread or “stollen.” Once the bread has been wrapped and stored for 30 days, it is placed on their shelves — plain, tied with a red ribbon, or marzipan, tied in plaid. The scent wafting through the doorway of Reimer’s takes you away to holidays with the family in times past. Don’t forget to visit Reimer’s Christmas shop located right next door on the river. Inside you can discover the many different ways people celebrate the holiday season all around the world while listening to the sound of the river, as it tumbles over rocks and runs through the middle of our town.
We don’t get much snow in the heart of Three Rivers, but Giant Forest and Lodgepole, our famous Sequoia National Park “backyards”, certainly do! Families enjoy Ranger-Led Snowshoe Walks, Cross-Country skiing right up to the big red Sequoia trees, and building snowmen!
Last, but certainly not least, in January, Leah Launey and Peter Sodhy of Three Rivers Bed and Breakfast begin their annual Hero Appreciation Months program! Running from the first of January through the end of March and culminating in the famous Bathtub Race for Charity at Lake Kaweah, this program also includes 20 percent discounts for those who have served in the Armed Forces or as a First Responder. Here, at the Army Corps of Engineers’ Lake Kaweah, in the tiny town of Three Rivers, and in world-famous Sequoia National Park, we love the men and women of our Armed Forces and offer our heart-felt thanks for the amazing job that they do.
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