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We originally planned to drive the
Pacific Coast Highway from San Francisco to Los Angeles.
However, after examining the map, it appeared that this would be
a very long and slow drive. Therefore, we took Route #5 down the
San Jaoquin Valley (the Bread Basket of America). This is a trip
that every American needs to take once in a lifetime. The amount
of farming is amazing. For three hundred miles down the highway,
and as far as the eye could see off the road, there were
irrigated farms. In the few vacant spaces without agriculture,
it was obvious that this was pure desert with very little rain.
Once the Colorado River and Lake Meade dry up, there will be big
problems. (I assume that is where the water comes from). In case
you have not been to Hoover Dam recently, (we were there two
years ago) the water level at the dam is very low and it looks
as though ''someone pulled the plug on the bath tub''.
As an example of the massive
farming, pictured below is a section where trees has been
removed and replanted. These rows of trees go on for miles.
Everything is carefully irrigated. They do not just spray water
all over. Rather, they have in-ground pipes that feed measured
amounts of water to the plants and not to the spaces between the
It just happened to be ''tomato
season''. As we drove down the highway, we saw many loaded
trucks. While stopped at a gas station, I asked one of the
drivers how he could pile tomatoes five feet deep and not smash
the ones on the bottom. His answer was that they do get smashed,
but since they were all destined for the catsups factory, it did
On To Los Angeles
It was late in the
day and the the surf was not up.
For you ''want-a-be tough guys'' here
it is, Muscle Beach. It actually does exist. Again,
as we arrived late in the day it was vacant. However, I have passed
by here on previous trips. It is usually
very active with people ''pumping iron''.
The Muscle Beach facility
The walkway along
Next Stop - Beverly Hills
We only spent one
night in the Los Angeles area before heading off to Phoenix, AZ.
two photos are from the internet as it was
too late in the day for me to get any pictures.
So, with one night in town, we went to
the Polo Lounge at the Beverly Hills Hotel. It is a ''sideshow''. We
felt very out of place as we did not arrive in a Mercedes or Rolls
Prior to retirement, I took many business trips to Beverly Hills and
I often took clients to the Polo Lounge. The dress code in the Polo
Lounge never ceases to amaze me.
The women are always dressed extremely well. The men on the other
hand are NOT. Their favorite attire is a black t-shirt and either
black pants or blue jeans. Some of the men were so poorly dressed
that they came in looking as though they were dish washers are part
of the maintenance staff. However, they were not, and they were all
on a first name bases with the Maitre d'. I guess that this the way
they do things in Hollywood. It was very crowded. So that I would
not look out of place, I orders a glass of champagne instead of my
usual favorite - a cold Budweiser.
The next day we drove to Phoenix.
Traffic around LA was very heavy as most people from Los Angeles
spend much of their life traveling the Freeways. I don't just mean
on ''the 405''. It is bumper to bumper traffic for 50 miles in every
direction out of downtown LA.