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Friday, June 24, 2005

California

My trip started out in Napa California. Napa used to be a nice place, but these days it is a nice place to leave.

Napa has suffered the same fate as many other once comfortable Northern California towns. Developers are wedging tract homes into every available inch of land and selling them for highly inflated prices. The local infrastructure is not able to handle the population growth and quality of life has taken a real downturn.

So after much thought the decision was made to move the headquarters of our organization from California to Upstate New York.

We will still keep a presence in California (if for no other reason than to irritate the competition) but it is time to get away from a State who will get rid of an incompetent governor by replacing him with a "movie star" with absolutely no skill at running anything but his mouth.

Traveling east from Napa you have to cross the central valley through the Sacramento area.

I have always wondered why Sacramento was selected for the State Capital over someplace like San Francisco, I would guess it may have something to do with being so close to where all the gold was.

The Central Valley is hot and dry as a rule where it is not irrigated, but soon you are in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains (Sierra Nevada basically means "snow covered mountains" in Spanish).

Once you get out of the valley and start climbing the whole ecology changes. You start getting mixed pine and manzanita.




Manzanita (which means "little apple" in Spanish) produces a bright orange berry that is quite tasty and was used in times passed to make a very refreshing drink.



a couple of hours into the mountains gets you to Donner Pass (yes, as in the ill fated Donner party who got snowed in on the pass and ended up eating each other,or so the story goes).

This year the snow is still heavy on the mountains. In June, it is still so deep that some camp grounds in Yosemite have not opened yet, though in most years they would have been open a month ago.

After another hour or so of winding down the other side of the mountains you end up in Reno Nevada.

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