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Fresno Flats Historic Village and Park

Located just under an hour north in Oakhurst, California the Sierra Historic Sites Association works at saving the past…for the future. Not too many people know this piece of local trivia, but Oakhurst used to be officially known as Fresno Flats.

Fresno Flats Historic Village and Park recaptures the flavor of 19th Century life in the Sierra Nevada foothills and mountains of Central California. Eastern Madera County is the southern end of the historic Mother Lode gold fields, but the people who settled here came not so much for gold but more to build their lives and raise their families, making their living as farmers, merchants and using the rich natural resources of the mountains.

The museum complex is built around two restored and furnished homes dating to the 1870s. Both have been designated by the State of California as Points of Historical Interest for their unique construction styles once common throughout Northern California, but virtually unknown today. They were saved from demolition, moved to Fresno Flats Historical Park and restored by the volunteers of Sierra Historic Sites Association, as were a pair of early-day one-room schools, two 19th Century jails and several other farm buildings.

—Fresno Flats about page

I have visited this historic park a couple times and I can personally recommend it. Oakhurst is less than an hour from Fresno and this little village is worth the trip. If you are looking for something to put on your agenda for a fun day trip or a weekend away you should definitely check it out.

Yosemite turns 132 years old

One of the most fabulous things about living in Fresno is that we are literally an hour from the southern gate to Yosemite National Park. It’s an easy drive and there is even a local shuttle service that will take you there and back 9 months out of the year. Bing.com featured Bridalveil Falls today as the cover page image in honor of the park’s 132nd anniversary.

There are thousands of waterfalls in Yosemite National Park, but perhaps none are as well known as Bridalveil Fall. First things first: Don’t call it ‘falls’ because then someone may think you were in Utah where another waterfall bears the surprisingly similar name, Bridal Veil Falls. Bridalveil, as seen in the photo, is often the first waterfall visitors to Yosemite encounter. It plunges 617 feet and flows year-round, fed with water from Ostrander Lake nearly 10 miles away. When the flow is light, brisk winds blow the water sideways. That’s why the Ahwahneechee Native Americans, who have lived in the Yosemite Valley for centuries, traditionally called the waterfall Pohono, or ‘Spirit of the Puffing Wind.’

When Yosemite was made a national park on this date in 1890, it not only preserved this jewel of the Sierra Nevada from being turned over to sheep grazing. It was also pivotal to the continued idea of protecting natural areas for the future. Scottish American environmentalist John Muir is credited with convincing President Benjamin Harrison to preserve the Yosemite Valley, and that success kicked off a string of conservation efforts that would eventually lead to the creation of the National Park System. Today, Yosemite’s pristine wilderness is internationally known for mountains, granite cliffs, giant sequoia groves, and, of course, waterfalls.

Bing homepage article on Oct 1, 2022

Here are some photos I took on my last serious hiking trip…

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