Day 1 Los Angeles
We head out of LA and our first stop is Blackwells Corners in Lost Hills CA.
Cutout James Dean doesn't look happy. On Sept. 30, 1955, this was the last place he was seen alive. But on a cheerier note, 1955 gas was about 25 cents a gallon! Unlike the $3.49 US a gallon we paid.
Blackwells Corner is actually at the intersection of Hwy 33 and Hwy 46. The old store was torn down 6/18/08 to make room for the new store, diner, and gas station.
There's a diner inside.
Migrant works in the fields.
It started to rain.
Click here for some interesting signs.
The Salinas Valley is one of the major valleys and most productive agricultural regions in California. Located within Monterey County, it is west of the San Joaquin Valley and south of San Francisco Bay and the Santa Clara Valley—Silicon Valley. The Salinas Valley is also famously mentioned in John Steinbeck's novels. More about him later.
Promoters call the Salinas Valley "the Salad Bowl of the World" for the production of lettuce, broccoli, peppers and numerous other crops such as strwberries, tomatoes and spinach. The climate and long growing season are also ideal for the flower industry and grape vineyards planted by world-famous vintners.
Due to the intensity of local agriculture, the area has earned itself the nickname "America's Salad Bowl."
Many nuts are also grown here.