Hayley Tashjian, 26, of Visalia, had been thinking about how to honor her late father, Tim Tashjian of Exeter, when the perfect opportunity came along.
Because her father liked sports — as a student athlete he played baseball at College of the Sequoias under coach Bert Holt — and nature, young Tashjian made a donation to Sequoia Riverlands to make the new trail a fitness trail.
“Working out every day was a staple in his life,” she said. “The two just kind of came together.”
The result is the Timothy Blaine Tashjian Deep Creek Fitness Trail, currently under construction.
The elder Tashjian died suddenly about two and a half years ago at age 56 when his daughter was a senior in college.
He was a citrus farmer. After graduating from the University of California at Santa Cruz, she took over the farm.
The fitness trail will have 10 or more stations along Deep Creek at which walkers and runners can do pull-ups, muscle flexing and other workouts. Tashjian’s donation will buy the equipment and signs.
Aaron Collins, director of communications and community relations at Sequoia Riverlands, said the oak tree preserve can have a fitness trail and still be a preserve.
“You can’t sell the conservation message unless you can get people to come,” he said. “This gets people into the preserve to engage with us.”
The land trust hopes to finish the fitness trail next year. A dedication will take place Oct. 2 at the annual Evening Under the Oaks fundraiser.
PILLOW TALK: Tanya Hawkins grew up in Reedley and moved away, but she’ll be back in the old hometown Monday to show off a pillow for sleeping that she invented and patented. Her idea grew out of personal necessity.
“I wasn’t sleeping well, and I couldn’t find a pillow I liked,” she said.
Hawkins lay awake wondering, “Why can’t someone invent a pillow that gives you neck support but is comfortable where your head rests?”
When she shopped and couldn’t find anything, “I thought of all the ways I can invent a pillow and I ended up doing it.”
She was working in high tech in San Francisco and admits she knew nothing about the bedding industry.
“Ignorance played an advantage,” she said. “I never would have done it if I knew then how many pillows are in the market.”
She will show her pillow at 2 p.m. Monday at Vera’s Furniture, 1151 G St., Reedley. Hawkins said Vera’s is the first store in the Valley to have the new pillow.