The Big Valley

The Central Valley of California, larger than nine US states, produces more than half of the fruits, vegetables, and nuts grown in the United States. It’s divided geographically into the Sacramento Valley to the north (drained by the Sacramento River) and the San Joaquin Valley to the south (drained by the San Joaquin River). Today I decided to drive to Winters and explore the far western edge of the valley right up to the foothills of the range dividing Yolo County and the Sacramento valley from Napa County and wine country.

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7 response to "The Big Valley"

  1. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: July 25, 2020

    Great trip! Enjoyed the photos of California agriculture.

    Particularly the tomato harvest, since, “back in the day” tomato harvesters were manufactured right here by FMC corporation. Long gone now, but the FMC patents are held by the only remaining U.S. tomato harvester manufacturer — California Tomato Machinery.

  2. By: gregblood Posted: July 26, 2020

    Golly, I just pored over your entire Big Valley post with the hope that I might see Audra Barkley in there somewhere. Heck, I didn’t even see Heath or Nick or any other Barkley. Are you sure you were in the Big Valley?

    • By: Bill Stone Posted: July 26, 2020

      I know!

      And no Charles Barkley, no Barkley the Dog, and no Lieutenant Reginald Barclay.

      Must have been the wrong Big Valley.

      PS: You score very high on TV trivia if you remember the names of characters from that show.

      PPS: I stood there and took a big splash of irrigation water in your honor.

      • By: gregblood Posted: July 26, 2020

        I have to admit that I had to look up Lt. Reginald Barclay. I didn’t follow the Star Treks after the original series. So you got me on that one.

  3. By: Scooter Posted: July 26, 2020

    Very interesting and informative. I’ve never spent time in the Central Valley, but it does look worth a visit. Great photo of the bike in front of the wall of hay! Can’t say I was quite as taken by the coyote though.

  4. By: The Navigator Posted: July 28, 2020

    Yes, that looks hot, dry and very flammable. But a nice ride with some good contrasts. When I went to visit a friend doing her vet internship at UC Davis, she lived out of town in a farmhouse and I remember all the sauce tomatoes on the side of the road on the ride into town!

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