Jun 21 2011
2010-2011 winter was a big one, 210% of normal for the Kaweah River drainage. Mineral King, AKA The Land of No Electricity is at the headwaters of the East Fork of the Kaweah. The elevation on the floor of the Mineral King Valley is 7800′, the road is 25 miles long to reach the place and it should take about 1-1/2 hours if you drive conservatively (recommended!)
And that concludes our geography/natural science/history lesson. Now, for the visual aids. (If you are wondering what this has to do with being a California artist, the answer is that much of my inspiration comes from Mineral King.)
Farewell Gap, the very full stream, the cabin – this is the classic and probably most photographed scene in Mineral King.
A tree across the stream took a hit – it was a Red Fir, and they seem prone to snapping off unexpectedly.
Thus we commence the summer season of 2011 in the Land of No Electricty!