OAKHURST — With a camera by his side, local author and adventurer Tony Krizan has been hiking and recording the “hidden locations snuggled within remote canyons and valleys” of the Sierra mountains for 34 years.
Some of these locations are great Sierra gold and silver mines that he will present in photos at an Oakhurst Library workshop from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 20.
Krizan will introduce workshop attendees to the history of the early gold and silver mines, and show photos of the inside of these historic mine shafts, along with old mining machinery. Some early mines previewed are the May Lundy Mines, the Bennettville Mines and the Sheepherders Silver Mines or the Great Sierra Mines.
“This adventure will also follow remote trails and cross-country locations leading to mountain peaks over 13,000 feet, and you’ll see what the Owens Valley looks like from that elevation,” says Krizan, who took up the hobby of hiking after retiring from real estate.”
Some notable peaks in the presentation are Ragged Peak, White Mountain and Mount Dana, located along the eastern border of Yosemite National Park. Oakhurst resident Krizan also freelances for the Sierra Star newspaper and promotes historic talks about the mountain area he moved to 27 years ago.
“We hope Tony’s adventures will encourage people to explore the boundaries of our wilderness and ignite a curiosity of the outdoors that will last a lifetime,” says Dale Rushing, Oakhurst Library Branch Manager.
The free event is sponsored by the Friends of the Oakhurst Branch Library (FOBL). The presentation will be held in the Oakhurst Library’s Community Room located at 49044 Civic Circle Drive. For more information, call the library at (559) 683-4838 or visit www.oakhurstfobl.com.