So , here’s a story. Today just happens to be my husband’s and my 10th wedding anniversary. We decided to spend the day with our kids and go on a light hike in Kings Canyon National Park. We camp pretty regularly, and that is our park of choice so we are very at home there. Since its a holiday weekend and also the anniversary of the park, we knew it would be uber crowded, so we planned to hike an area off the main tourist strip. If you aren’t familiar with the awesomeness of KCNP, first of all…you are majorly missing out on one of the most beautiful areas of the country. Secondly, you may not realize that the park’s history is filled with massive tree slaughter prior to its classification as a national park. As a result, there are entire meadows of enormous tree stumps from the ghosts of Sequoias past. Our hike was going to be about 2 miles out and back from a trail head at Stump Meadow to the Boole Tree.
Probably 3/4 of a mile in, my eldest son suddenly started screaming. He was stung by what we thought was a bee. This was his first sting, so my mind started racing with thoughts of allergic reactions and anaphylaxis and OH MY GOODNESS WE ARE MILES FROM HELP! Ok, Erica, calm down. Odds are good that he would be fine. We looked around and realized there was a hive full of buzzing, busy bees at the edge of the trail. With the thought in mind that we may need to have photographic evidence of what exactly he was stung by, I leaned in to snap a photo of them. That’s when they attacked. I got stung once…twice…they followed me as we hightailed it out of there…THREE TIMES! More than half a mile away, there was still one following us. My hand, calf, and thigh were on fire with stinging pain. Luckily husband and youngest son did not get stung. When we finally made it home (no anaphylaxis for either of us!), we compared the photograph I took with pictures of insects in a field guide.
Not bees. Yellowjackets. Which just happen to be in the top ten of insects with the most painful stings. I’m telling you, it’s no joke how bad it hurts. I do not recommend crossing paths with these suckers, ever. The boy is pretty traumatized and I am still in pain, but we will survive this. Happy anniversary to us.
Luckily, I saw two houses yesterday with one of my clients and her family. This house is in an incredible location near Clovis West High School. Tucked in a cul-de-sac, it has an enormous lot with a pool and basketball court, and has one of the most unique floor plans I’ve seen yet. My client has an affinity for red front doors. This house did not disappoint with its charming, red, double door front entry that opens into a house filled with character.
“A MUST SEE! STUNNING 5 bedroom, 4 bath custom home in Northeast Fresno! This beautiful and spacious two story home offers it all. This unique and one of a kind property features 2 kitchens, a formal living room, family room, 2 fireplaces, 2 car garage and so much more. The first kitchen features granite counter tops with stainless steel appliances. The floors consist of custom tile and hardwood floors. LED recessed lighting throughout. The spacious master bedroom has a large walk-in closet, with a separate tub and shower. Enjoy your evenings in a relaxing back yard that is resort-like with mature landscape, fruit trees and a pool. Located within the highly acclaimed Clovis Unified School District. This home is a must see to appreciate! Awaiting for its new owners to call it home. See it today!”
The second level is rather standard with two smaller bedrooms and a master suite, but the ground floor has a truly unique footprint. It seems, upon entering the home, to be similar to other houses circa 1970-1980, but as you walk down the hallway from the main living area, things get interesting. It just keeps going! There is essentially a guest house attached to the main house, complete with a full kitchen, two bedrooms, a living room with fireplace, and an office. My clients fell in love with the idea of turning this space into a game and entertainment room.
This is no cookie cutter house. It is perfect for a large family or a multigenerational household. You really have to see it in person to fully experience the layout. While additional updating would definitely be needed, this house has some features you most likely won’t find in newer homes.