For the past three days we have been traveling through the incredibly diverse landscape of
Next, we moved into the flat, open Central Valley of California with mile after mile of wheat field, hay field, vineyard, and orchards growing pecans, pistachios and almonds, with some olive orchards as well. We have long thought each farm field should have a sign along the highway, telling city-dwelling motorists what is growing there. It sure would help us to know what we are looking at.
We spent the night at a very nice RV and golf resort in Chowchilla, on California Highway 99. The town has lots of new construction. The RV park is two years old and lovely. Each night's stay includes a round of golf for two at the course next door. As we walked around the next morning we saw some of the impact of the current housing and credit crisis. A sign advertised an upcoming auction of 34 houses in the developments around the golf course.
As we drove north from Chowchilla to
The trip from
I've always know lupine as a cultivated garden flower. We saw whole hillsides covered with it today. Also numerous red bud bushes and trees, flowering crabapple and apple trees and many unknown yellow, purple and white flowers. The beautiful drive included several 6% and 7% downhill grades, as well as one 8% grade. But there wasn't a lot of traffic on the mainly two-lane road without much shoulder.
For two or three nights, we are staying at Camper Corral in Klamath, at the mouth of the
I wish I could share photos with you, but we carry our bikes on a rack on the front of our truck. Most of the scenery we see includes bike handles and seats, so it isn't very photogenic.
We started this trip March 21 and were snowed on that weekend. In