West Coast: Weeks 4 & 5

Week 4, which began in California's wine country, now seems like a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away....

After chatting with a winemaker in Sonoma I headed towards the Sacramento Valley. I knew to expect some agriculture, but it was ALL agriculture--with a little fishing, too. I passed by Sutter Buttes, known as "the world's smallest mountain range." I also had a lots of time to meditate along the way.

Most of what I saw were walnut, almond, and olive trees. Passing by the groves and looking down the straight rows of trees was a little hypnotizing. The rows would make straight lines in multiple directions. It's hard to explain, but check out the photos below.

At a glance they look like the same photo, but look again. They are the same two trees up front, but the first photo shows a row running diagonal to the road (see the gray line in front of the trees) while the second photo shows a row running perpendicular to the road (the gray line is straight).

Lots of infrastructure was dedicated to dealing with the flood-prone Sacramento River.

I chatted with a fellow who raises bees and nuts for a living. He let my pal have an audience with royalty (each of those boxes hosts a queen).