Feeling Zone Feelway 37-118

Recently I revived my idea of making “feelways” and “feeling zones.”
Feelways are something I came up with in 1987 as a geography student. A feelway is a route made out of blue highways (non main highways and roads) that run through “Feeling Zones” – broad areas with a singular kind of “feel” that gives them an as-experienced character and sense of place. Like “Bay Area.”
The Feeling Zone I decided to revisit as a road trip project was the “North Fork of the Kings Canyon River and Dinkey Creek Feeling Zone.” Though I haven’t finished defining its boundaries, the fun in making a feeling zone giving it a specific boundary defining its area. The economic activities in this particular Feeling Zone are outdoor sports including reservoir-based lake activities, hydroelectric electricity operations by PG&E, logging, scientific studies and forest science work, and also range cattle grazing.
It is heavily developed and used, with hydroelectric ducts and power lines, logging, road building, cattle running, prescribed burns, housing, trucking and recreational use. Most of the land is public, some of it administered by PG&E.

This feeling Zone contains Black Rock, Courtright and Wishon reservoirs.
I guess one can add to “economic activities” of this Feeling Zone illegal marijuana farming. The people who grow these crops are abusing public lands are not nice to strangers. These people will shoot at you, torture or terrorize you, jack your car, or worse, and are most likely gangsters affiliated with La Familia or Peckerwoods. Never go near a marijuana field if you see one. Turn around, head the other way. This same activity also occurs in all the surrounding feeling zones to this one. Law enforcement presence is getting thinner due to the recession and budget crises, so this is an increasing danger to travelers of blue highways.

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