Back to visit the Blossom Trail for 2011. We had considered driving the trail back at the end of February because the blooms had begun fairly early this year after a very heavy rainy December and beginning to warm up earlier than usual. But as we did we found out that only about 30 percent had begun to blossom at that point, so we turned around and came home. It wasn’t but a very few days later that we had a very bad storm pass through the valley, Heavy rains and fierce winds came down for more than twenty-four hours. That was possibly devastating for the blossom trail. That heavy rain and wind would strip all of the blossom petals and the small inner nubs, which are the beginnings of the fruit. We waited until the middle of March to try again.
At this point much of the remaining seventy percent were now in bloom and offered a very pretty view.
We may have lost the first thirty percent but hopefully not all of it, and the farmers will not lose that much of their crops. The weather can and does make such a difference in farming and production of fruit.
After starting out again just north of Kingsburg we found the overlook area up near Del Rey where we are up about fifty feet above the lower valley area where the trees are planted over a very large area of maybe a mile wide and two or three miles long. The hills in the background are not quite as clear this year but the weather is nice and the temperature is around 70 degrees F. (21 C.) We ended up our tour of the blossoms this year in the small town of Sanger.