Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Fresno Bound

About two weeks after I got back from Europe, Jenny and I went to Fresno, her hometown, two weekends in a row. The train ride is about four hours, and the first two hours, as the train runs along the eastern edge of the bay through Berkeley, Richmond, and up the Carquinez Strait to Stockton, is stunning (somehow I failed to take any photos).

Our first weekend, we woke up at 4:45 AM on Saturday for an entire day of peaches: picking, preparing, and even pickling. We were invited as volunteers to the Masumoto Family Farm about 20 minutes south of Fresno for the 2nd weekend of the Adopt a Tree program.

This program allows individuals and organizations to adopt a tree, which includes following its progress throughout the year (via newsletters) and eventually coming in early August to pick all of the fruit on the tree. And these aren't just any peaches- they're Elberta Peaches, an heirloom varietal that ripens quickly. In light of this, we spent Saturday afternoon and Sunday preserving the peaches and eventually churned out these (well, lots more than this actually):

A mere five days (and many many peaches later) Jenny and I found ourselves back on the train to Fresno, this time to hike to Jenny's namesake: Jennie Lake, in the foothills of the Sierras in Kings Canyon National Park. Twenty two(ish) years ago, Jenny's pregnant mom and dad took a "shortcut" to Jennie Lake and after finding out their shortcut wasn't so short, and finally arriving at Jennie Lake out of water, they decided their daughter would be named Jenny. I wonder if anyone has mentioned that the spelling is wrong... I digress.

Early Saturday morning we packed up and drove the two hours to the trailhead where Jenny, Jenny's mom Jean, and I set out. Here's a shot of mother and daughter on the trail:

And a shot of me and Jenny, with me posing suspiciously awkwardly with the sign for some reason...

After setting up camp we scampered up to the mini-peak behind the Lake, a fun 30-minute scramble that rewarded us with 360-views out into the Central Valley and deep into the Sierra.

And here's a shot of Jenny with her lake:

We got back to camp around sunset and after happy hour at the lake, we hit the tent on an unusually warm summer night. After saying farewell to Jennie Lake the next morning, Jenny and I were back in Fresno by noon and back in San Francisco by 10 PM. 

While it certainly wasn't the most rugged trip we've ever taken, it was great to see a piece of Jenny and her family's history. What a special lake.

1 comment:

  1. WOW what a beautiful lake, :) Did not know that was how Jenny got her name!

    And man, now I want SO MANY peaches.