A LOT has happened in the last month or so. August began with a vacation (finally!), and we drove up to Shaver Lake to visit the Eastwoods at a cabin their friends loaned to them for a few days. The trip happened to coincide with a short one week break between my school semesters, so I was able to enjoy my time without worrying about what I was NOT getting done.
We spent one night there with them, exploring the land around the cabin, and even taking a short walk along the very busy lake-shore. From there we went back to Fresno for a couple nights, though we decided to head up to Yosemite for a day trip the next day. Josh, Bonnie, Kristen and I hopped in my car and drove off. We took a walk in the redwoods near the entrance of the park before continuing into the main park area. One of our main goals was to get a hot chocolate from the lodge, and take a walk by the river. We accomplished both of these goals, and had some good conversation along the way.
Kristen and I were very intent on heading back to the Kern River area for a couple nights, as we really really like the brewery there, and the river is nice. One of the better rivers that can be accessed from southern California. On the way in we found a really cool spot called Dome rock where they allow hiking and climbing. The area was not too busy, and we managed to get a campsite that wasn’t reserved until the day after we left. That is an advantage of camping in the middle of the week I suppose. We went to the brewery that first night of course, and picked up some groceries from the little store across the street. The second day, we went up the river early and found a spot to ourselves (for a few hours anyways). We swam and played in a couple tubes Kristen had brought. At one point a ranger came and asked if we realized we were not allowed to camp in that particular spot, and we informed her that we were quite aware and that we had just come early. Whether or not she believed us is unknown, though I guess I really don’t care since she didn’t ask us to leave or give us some form of ticket.
We returned in the afternoon for another night at the brewery, where we met with a previous supervisor of mine from the Yellow-billed Cuckoo job I worked during the summer of 2012. It was good to catch up, and he brought a hat that they made after that first field season. It fits really well, one of the most comfortable hats I have I think. We went home a day earlier than planned, partly because I had homework I wanted to get back to. Turned out that was good, because I had actually forgotten and had an assignment due that night that I did not remember!