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A photo tour; Kern River, Lake Isabella, Silverton, Sequoias, China Lake, Calico Ghos

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    The family and I took a vacation this week. We went to Camp James on the Kern River above Lake Isabella. A small and secluded camp that had the constant sound of the rushing river all the time and you could see the whitecaps of the rapids from the camper.

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    A photo tour; Kern River, Lake Isabella, Silverton, Sequoias, China Lake, Calico

    There were a lot of great sights to see.

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    A photo tour; Kern River, Lake Isabella, Silverton, Sequoias, China Lake, Calico

    There was a plethora of wild life around, including golden bellied tree squirrels.

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    A photo tour; Kern River, Lake Isabella, Silverton, Sequoias, China Lake, Calico

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    A photo tour; Kern River, Lake Isabella, Silverton, Sequoias, China Lake, Calico

    Lake Isabella is picturesque. There are several sites to be seen around it, and a cultural site for the Piute Indians who are native to the area.

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    Wild Seagull Lilies grew around the boulders on the hills.
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    A photo tour; Kern River, Lake Isabella, Silverton, Sequoias, China Lake, Calico

    If you look hard you can see a rainbow trout towards the top of the submerged boulder.
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    A photo tour; Kern River, Lake Isabella, Silverton, Sequoias, China Lake, Calico

    The area has a nice museum to the local area, the prehistory, Native American history and movie history of the local area. Many Hollywood movies were filmed there, including Stage Coach with John Wayne.

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    This is a rare piece of obsidian from the local area. What is interesting is that it has bird eggs and acorns embedded in it.

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    A photo tour; Kern River, Lake Isabella, Silverton, Sequoias, China Lake, Calico

    We then headed over to Silverton, a local ghost town, but on the way found a memorial to the USS Arizona and stopped to see what there was to see.

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    This is part of the USS Arizona. It was strange finding part of that glorious ship out in the upper desert, I believe that there were some local people who were on the Arizona that fateful morning.

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    A photo tour; Kern River, Lake Isabella, Silverton, Sequoias, China Lake, Calico

    We passed the Ghost Town and found ourselves overlooking the lake valley with some beautiful scenery.

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    We went into the jail building, which is where people see ghosts in the dust specs that are captured with flash photography… After cracking my head on the low doorway I found we had a friend occupying the jail with us. Though it was not a ghost…
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    Yeah, I locked the kids in…
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    A photo tour; Kern River, Lake Isabella, Silverton, Sequoias, China Lake, Calico

    The next day we went up to the Sequoias, a long drive but it represented a drop of over 15 degrees and a trip to one of the most beautiful places on earth.
    The Kern River is made in the valleys leading to Sequoia, creating some nice rapids and falls.
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    Some open meadows up in the mountains:

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    We made it up into the land of giants and was a bit awed by what we encountered there.

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    All the Sequoias showed signs of fire, fires are needed for the sequoias to reproduce.

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    There were little red flowers growing in the ground around the mighty trees. I don’t know what they are but they are very interesting.
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    The first true giant was large enough for us all to enter.
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    This is the picture from inside the tree looking up.
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