Saturday, April 7, 2012

Cruising Down I-5

This past week I spent several hours cruising down I 5 to  a conference in Fresno.  Most everyone will tell you what a long boring drive it can be.  It reminds me of being a kid.  Our family liked to drive, vacations, day trips or even just to get out.  How many kids have heard "put down that book and look out the window."  I was taught that there is always something interesting out the window.  As we headed down I5 I started naming off the crops on the side of the road.  Yes, I learned from 70 miles per hour to pick out the trees, the crops, and even what is in the produce truck ahead of you.

It makes me think that the interest in food was given to me when I was 5 or 6 years old driving to Sacramento to see my grand parents.  Looking for tomatoes, corn, peppers and more.  I still find myself looking at every tree and field to see if I can pick out the young red tips of apricot trees, or the longer slender leaves of a peach, the shorter leaves of a plum, are they oranges or lemons, onions or garlic...

Don’t forget to roll down the windows and smell the fields.  It's like stopping to smell the roses, only faster!


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