From Sacramento to Merced

August 4, 2004

Back home in Arkansas, vegetables grown for commercial market were called "truck crops". In California, this is literal, as shown by this tandem truck load of tomatoes on I-5 south of Stockton.

Jeff got the girls to reciting all the things you could make out of tomatoes ... catsup, barbeque sauce, pizza sauce, ..."

Further south we came to the beautiful golden grassy hills. The California Aqueduct ran alongside for irrigation of the crops.

Marty dropped us off at the airport before 6:30am and it took us until nearly 8 to get through baggage check and security. We had allowed for this and had adequate time to board our flight for takeoff at about 8:30.

We taxied out in the typical long queue of planes for takeoff, but things moved rapidly. With planes taking off nearly simultaneously from two parallel runways, there must have been more than a plane a minute taking off.

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