We had another safe driving day, we drove about 180 miles. We saw lots of almond trees, vineyards and pomegranate trees. We stopped to buy some avocados advertised on the side of the road, they had 25 for $5 or you could be a bag of super large ones with about six avocados for $5. We chose the large one, they are huge. Jerry asked the man selling the avocados what all the trees were in the area. We found out this part of California grows a lot of almond trees and they use the pomegranate trees to block the wind from all the crops. I learned a lot about almond trees today, they are beautiful trees, especially when they bloom. Here is a short paste about the trees:
Almonds are stone fruits eaten as nuts. Almonds produced commercially in the United States are grown in California. The earliest to bloom of stone fruits (February). Generally do poorly in North Coast counties. They bloom when the weather is cold, rainy. Very susceptible to spring frosts. Almonds do not tolerate wet soils.The Central Valley and drier regions of southern coast are very favorable for almonds. Trees are very susceptible to bacterial canker disease, which kills trees. Cross-pollination is required; all varieties are self-unfruitful, and some are cross-unfruitful due to incompatibilities. Almonds are harvested by shaking trees when hulls begin to split. Almonds need 180–240 days to mature the nuts.
We also had a truck pass us with ducks painted all over the sides and back. Jerry said it was most likely the Oregon Ducks football team. It was cool, I wish I had more pictures of the side too, I missed getting the side pictures. :-)
We stopped at the closest RV park we could find right off the highway, we lucked up and got a pretty nice one with full hookups and great Wi-Fi for only $28.50 a night. We have been shocked by some of the prices of California campgrounds, they are so much higher than our last visit. Our $35 a night campground on the Russian River has gone up to $85 to $90 a night. Yikes! We may be making a lot of changes and finding cheaper places on our way to the Oregon Coast. We may be doing some boondocking to help the budget too. Check back later for more from California.