Shafter is having a celebration of the arts, yes this small community is really supportive of all the arts. Being so small, it means you tend to know almost everybody attending or participating....grin.
One of our friends, and used to be neighbors,
|program of events|
The DH and I did attend the Art Gallery and the Wine tasting (grin) and Meet the Artists event Sunday afternoon. These events always turn into "seeing old friends" for most of us, so much fun catching up, since most of us have children that all went to school together. Now it's how many grandkids??????.........LOL They did have a memorial for two of the local artist that have passed away recently. I knew both rather well, and it was sad to see their art and not them, but thought it was a really nice memorial. I didn't take pictures at this event cause I couldn't hold my wine glass, my Hors d'oeuvres and camera........I do have my priorities!!
The best news is that we had rain Sunday, not enough to dent the drought, but nice all the same.
Over Valentine's weekend we did drive up to the mountains, where our cabin used to be. The new owners tore it down and built a brand new house there, rather sad for us. We LOVED that old cabin with wood burning stoves to heat and to cook with.............but time marches on. As we drove by the cabin I had the truck window down and I am sure I could hear the echo's of my boys, on the their bikes, racing down the hills. Such good memories.
Coming down the south side of the mountain brings us to Lake Isabella
Lake Isabella (also called Isabella Lake ) is a reservoir in Kern County, California created by the earthen Isabella Dam. It was formed in 1953 when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dammed the Kern River at the junction of its two forks at Whiskey Flat. At 11,000 acres (4,500 ha), it is one of the larger reservoirs in California. The area is in the southern end of the Sierra Nevada range and the lake itself is located in low mountains at an elevation of approximately 2,500 ft (760 m) where summer temperatures reach over 100 degrees (°F) but low enough to avoid winter snows on the surrounding ridges. Lake Isabella is located about 40 mi. northeast of Bakersfield, and is the main water supply for that city. Lake Isabella can be reached by car from Bakersfield via state Highway 178 and from Delano via Highway 155. The former towns of Isabella and Kernville were flooded by the newly created reservoir.
Yes, it does get HOT here, but I have also seen snow on the lake shores, and the snow in the higher elevations feed this rive and lake. Our cabin was about 20 minutes, up the mountain, and we always had snow in the wet years...........................by I digress.........
|It is normally a LARGE lake. This is further up the river from the dam|
|You can see the river that feeds the lake., even it is running low.|
|This is much closer to the dam, but you can still see the tops of the trees poking out of the water. The water line has been as high as the line above the arrow.|
|I took this just for the scale of things|
pools ....LOL.........I should be so lucky!!