We had heard a lot about Lake Isabella and the wild and scenic Kern River - a world class river sports destination. Within easy reach of Los Angeles, we expected it would be a busy place on the Memorial Day long weekend so we stalled a bit and timed our arrival to avoid it. As it turned out, the long weekend had been cold and rainy here and we hadn't missed much. We arrived in time for the sunshine and spent a terrific week exploring the area. It is beautiful and rugged and not all "touristy" or out of reach and expensive as we had feared and expected.
From Isabella Lake, we drove north along the upper Kern River, high into the Sequoia National Forest and, finally, returned to continue south along the lower Kern (every bit as beautiful and exciting) as it winds through a steep gorge to irrigate part of California's "food basket," the agricultural lands, surrounding the city of Bakersfield. Driving through such areas, always brings my dad to mind. Always a farmer, he would have been checking on every field - identifying what each crop is and judging how it's doing.
A few personal highlights in the week for me: I was interviewed by Laura Coffee for an article to appear either June 15th or 22nd on TODAY.com. The article is about couples who live in "small spaces" and how they manage. Laura contacted me after reading my page on the emotional challenges of long-term travel The second highlight of my week was meeting a young couple from Minneapolis who got all excited when they realized that I was the Marianne Edwards they had heard about - the one who writes the frugal travel boondocking guides. They recently had met someone at Carlsbad Caverns, NM who had "waxed lyrical" about my guides and referred them to my web site. As my mother-in-law used to say, "I'm tickled pink."
Days On The Road At Time Of Writing: 97
Camping Costs To Date: $100.00