This is the first of several posts about my recent trip to California. I am surprised by how conservative the in-land agricultural areas of CA can be (after spending time in the dynamic Bay Area).
Miles and miles of flat dry cultivated (? Good grief how much water must they import…) California inland a.k.a. CA’s breadbasket. An educated socially conscious individual can only take but so many of the “we will scare you to Jesus” billboards! Needless to say, when the road took an abrupt left toward the distant mountains, I was stoked!
At first, dry rocky hills, so many boulders that I figured we could do an American version of stonehenge here in CA. Eventually the road climbed out of the irrigated orchards and the scraggily dry bushes changed to pines, just like that! Must have something to do with a snow line. For anyone with a fear of heights, don’t look down! The road hugs the edge of the mountain for about 15 miles. Plus signage tells you when you cross 1, 2 through 6,000 ft. That way you know how far down it is to the valley far below!
As I drove through Fresno in early July, it was 100 degrees. Thankfully the temperature changed as I twisted and turned up highway.
Thankfully the mtn air is cooler and the breezes are that much more comfortable as a result. Bring a fleece or sweater as some evenings are really cool! It got down to 48 the second night I was there – on July 11th! You will notice the pines shift to larger redwoods before you get to the entrance and then you will start to see the mighty Sequoias.