Day 173 – 03/02/2013 – Spring Break in Three Rivers, CA

So much of our trip lately has been in winter weather. We planned it that way. So we could ski a lot on the Tramper Voyage. If we wanted lots of warm weather first, we would have left in the Spring, not the Fall.

David could have stayed in Colorado, skiing every day until Monarch Mountain closed in mid-April.

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David, happy in the snow!

But me? I need me some warm weather! So, being the wonderful husband that he is, and also thinking that a little warmth sounded good, David was all for seeking Spring.

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It was cold in the Mojave Desert in March

We found it! You would think that the Mojave Desert would be warm and sunny. Not! It was pleasant enough to hike but we were still wearing gloves  and hats.

After the Mojave we went to see the big trees in Sequoia (in the snow), and camped in a tiny town just down the valley from the Park entrance. It’s called Three Rivers.

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Three Rivers was down in this valley – in a warmer climate from the Sequoias so close by. The elevation change makes all the difference!

We spent 3 nights in the Hidden River Campground. Here we found a totally different world from that of the big trees, high in the Sierra Nevada. It’s seventy degrees and sunny! Woohoo!

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Look at all that Spring green.

Few bugs were around so the Tramper door stayed open. Folding lounge chairs were brought out. The hammock was unpacked and swinging in the shade. We ate meals outside. We could walk outside into the gentle, warm, sunny day and breathe a big sigh of relief! A bonus – the stars were incredible and we didn’t have to bundle up to gaze at them.

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It was warm enough to make David’s radiator replacement job almost pleasant

Flowers were blooming. Birds were singing sweetly in trees that had tiny leaves unfurling. The rivers, all 3 of them, made happy splashing noises with peepers and frogs in full chorus.

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Storksbill

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Does anyone know this flower’s name?

The town was friendly and looked to have a healthy economy. The main street was short with lovely side streets winding into secluded little dells. Just down the highway was the San Joaquin Valley, bursting with orange and almond trees and vineyards.

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We thought it was possible that, on the Voyage of the Tramper, we might find an area to invest some more time in. A place to stay, to be off-grid, grow our own food and welcome family and friends. With the beauty of the area and the temperate weather, Three Rivers would seem to fill the bill exactly. But, California is so far away from Maryland. The entire expanse of the country is between Three Rivers and Baltimore. Too far to see family and friends…

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So, we continued on the Tramper Voyage, saying goodbye to a sweet little town in a beautiful area. We so enjoyed the respite from Winter. Maybe we’ll visit again someday.

– Jane

7 responses to “Day 173 – 03/02/2013 – Spring Break in Three Rivers, CA

  1. Thank you for giving me a glimpse of spring. I needed that little respite from winter!

  2. WordsFallFromMyEyes

    Great photos again, really great. It would be so fun to be sleeping in a camper…

    I don’t know why, but when I saw those oranges I thought what gifts from Heaven they are. They just look so pure, delicious, so very orange. Lovely 🙂

    • Thanks, WordsFallFromMyEyes! We bought 3 bags of oranges at these roadside stands and they taste like Spring itself! I crave them all day and can’t eat enough of them. Maybe I was a little Vitamin C deficient??
      – Jane

  3. Interestingly, Jane, I opened my Audubon Fieldguide to North American Wildflowers and the page displayed what appears to be similar to your white wildflower photo but set in a water pond of sorts–Eastern US’s “Little Floating Hearts”: http://www.newhampshirewildflowers.com/floating-heart-small.php

    But the western portion of US wildflowers collections show it to be most similar to Western Spring Beauty, Lanceleaf Spring Beauty (Claytonia lanceolata):
    https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&site=imghp&tbm=isch&source=hp&biw=1024&bih=653&q=Western+North+american+wildflowers&oq=Western+North+american+wildflowers&gs_l=img.3…5071.22014.0.22396.43.21.4.18.18.0.72.1147.21.21.0…0.0…1ac.1.5.img.NWL616ImlBI#imgrc=M9iv1YnNeCds5M%3A%3BY7vaDUbMV-epnM%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fpeople.duke.edu%252F~jspippen%252Fplants%252Fclaytonia-lanceolata120508-7989mpg.ranchz.jpg%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fpeople.duke.edu%252F~jspippen%252Fplants%252Fclaytonia.htm%3B500%3B483

    You tell us which one!

    • Diane – It is similar to a Spring Beauty but (and here I wish I knew how to use scientific descriptions of plant attributes) the petals are separated from the center of the flower. Also, I should have included more of the leaf. The stem arises from the middle of a single ’round’ leaf. Very distinctive! I sent home my wildflower books because of weight issues in pulling the trailer over the mountains, so thank you very much for pulling out yours. It’s funny how, though we have the world at our fingertips with the internet, I still find identifying wildflowers with my books so much more successful! It will be fun to Skype with you about this! David keeps us pretty busy and sometimes we have no or limited Wifi, so I’m not sure when that will happen!
      – Jane

  4. I’m leaving Skype on for a while now, Jane…Give a call if you’d like. I have my Wildflower guide ready for us!

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