Hike to a Waterfall! Raft the Kaweah River! Race in a Bathtub!

Three Rivers, Lake Kaweah, and Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks

02/07/2017   
 

It’s time to get active, and shake off those wintertime blues. Take a hike to gorgeous Tokopah Falls. Experience Levels 1-4 and sometimes Level 5, white water rafting on the Kaweah River. Build a boat out of an old cast-iron bathtub, and race it across Lake Kaweah. Soak up the rays of the sun, and find comfort in a beautiful and natural setting. Enjoy these activities and more when you visit Three Rivers, Lake Kaweah and Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks in the winter and early spring.

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Photo by Sylvia Durando

Located in Central California, halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, our tiny foothill community is sandwiched between Lake Kaweah and Sequoia National Park. Kings Canyon National Park lies just north of, and adjacent to, Sequoia so the two Parks operate as one. This places us at the foot of the great Sierra Nevada Mountain chain and only a three hour drive from California’s Central Coast. Military-friendly and welcoming to all, we are the perfect spot for a quick getaway — or even an extended stay for your post-deployment R&R!

Below is just a taste of the many events and activities you can enjoy when you visit us! And we hope to see you soon!

1st Saturday Art Festival
Feb. 4, Mar. 4, Apr. 1, May 6, June 3
Three Rivers
Our free festival of food, fun and fabulous art with a different theme each month, inspiring artists and musicians who frequent our neck-of-the-woods or call Three Rivers “home.” Check them out at their blog site which is updated monthly at www.1stsaturdaytr.com
 

Learn to Square Dance Parties For Adults and Children
Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28
Visalia (35 minutes from Three Rivers)
In neighboring Visalia, ImagineU Interactive Children’s Museum is the largest children’s museum between Los Angeles and San Jose. They have graciously offered to host the four free “Learn to Square Dance Parties” we traditionally hold during Hero Appreciation Months each year.  The dances are for adults and children alike, with a pie social on Feb. 28 to celebrate what we have learned. You can see the flier for this activity at http://www.threerivers.com/images/SquareDance2017.pdf
 

Whitewater Rafting on the Kaweah River
Late March/April through
Early/Mid June
Three Rivers
Raft with Frank Root, our experienced local guide, who knows the Kaweah River’s Middle Fork and its roller-coaster drops better than anyone. Stop for a delicious lunch at Anne Lang’s Emporium river deck, then get right back in the water to finish your ride at beautiful Lake Kaweah. For more information or to book a ride with Frank, you can contact him through his website located at http://kaweah-whitewater.com.
 

Hike to Tokopah Falls
March/April to May
Sequoia National Park
Start at the Lodgepole Campground, then follow the Marble Fork of the Kaweah River for slightly less than two miles enjoying lovely scenery and very little elevation gain along the way until you reach the top of beautiful Tokopah Falls.
 

Bathtub Race for Charity
Mar. 25
Lake Kaweah
Create a floatable, steerable boat out of an old cast-iron bathtub with only the materials we provide you, and race across Lake Kaweah for the charity of your choice. Participants race as part of a team and a team entry fee is required, as all fees are pooled to create a “pot” for the winning team’s favorite charity. This event is part of our Hero Appreciation Month’s program, so spectators may attend the event for free. Frank Root, our experienced local guide, provides free rides and water safety lessons to the children. To register, or for other details, go to: http://www.threerivers.com/images/2017_Event_Bathtub.pdf
 

Armed Forces Celebration
Mar. 31
Three Rivers
Part of our Hero Appreciation Month’s program, which runs from Jan. 1-March 31 each year. This grand finale event is free and open to the public, celebrating those who have served in our nation’s Armed Forces with presentations by local individuals who share their service stories with us. We honor them with a unique piece of art created by a local artist or artisan, and everybody enjoys a meal of hearty soup, homemade bread, desserts and drinks. http://www.threerivers.com/images/March_Celebration_Flyer_2017.pdf
 

44rd Annual Jazzaffair
Apr. 6 (kickoff), Apr. 7-9
Three Rivers
Groove to traditional jazz in its various forms when you attend Jazzaffair, the oldest continuously running traditional jazz festival in the West. Thursday night is the kick-off, which combines our Community Recognition Night with music by Three Rivers’ own High Sierra Jazz Band. High Sierra is known around the world for their upbeat West Coast “swing” style of traditional jazz. http://www.sierratraditionaljazzclub.com/jazzaffair/
 

67th Annual Lions Team Roping
Apr. 27-30
Three Rivers
Chow-down on deep-pit BBQ and celebrate traditional cowboy skills with us during our 66th Annual Team Roping. This event is put on every year by the Three Rivers Lions Club as a fund-raiser for their charitable efforts. It’s also an official stop on the ACTRA circuit. The final day of this event is always “Family Day,” which includes Cowboy Church along with pig scrambling and barrel racing for the youngsters. Entry fee for spectators: $1.
 

Hero Appreciation Months Continue
And don’t forget! Those who are serving, have served in the Armed Forces or is a First Responder may continue to enjoy their Hero Appreciation Months “thank you” discount through March 31st. To obtain a card or find the participating businesses who offer this thank you gift annually, go to http://www.threerivers.com/images/hero2017/Full_Participant_List2.pdf

 

 

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The Griffon Winter 2017

Vol. 40.3 | Winter 2017

The Griffon
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