Fall is the time of year when things slow down a bit on the farm. Once the compost is applied and the last irrigation is finished, we have more time to relax. Our favorite getaway is the Sierra Nevada Mountains. We love to camp, hike, and fish surrounded by the beauty of God’s creation. This was the first time in 3 years we had a chance to go camping together. Last fall Nori went camping with a friend from high school while Mike stayed home nursing his shoulder. This September we’ve already been camping twice.
Near Florence Lake
The above photograph was taken by Nori on the winding drive to Florence Lake, CA. The water in the lake was the lowest we have ever seen it in the years we have been coming here which is since we were children. We decided to camp off the beaten path and away from the usual amenities.
We brought water from home for drinking and cooking and lugged water from a nearby stream for washing and cleaning up. There are no campfires allowed this season due to the high fire danger. The weather was perfect the first three days, but the smoke from the Rim Fire drifted in on the last couple days.
We both fly fish and the stream was teeming with hungry trout. Nori had the catch of the trip with a 12″ Brook Trout. Usually we catch and release, but we planned fish for dinner on the last night, so we kept a few for eating.
Our second camping excursion was to Mineral King in the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. We had not been to this spot since we were first married. Once we arrived we wondered why we hadn’t made the 2 1/2 hour drive more often. We saw deer, bear, and Mike saw a Bobcat up-close near our campsite. The animals are not very afraid of humans because they are protected from hunting. Mike said it was almost like a natural zoo.
Yes, farmers need to get away for RnR and to recharge their batteries, too. What are your favorite fall activities?