The average person in America drives 12,000 miles per year. The average person working in California agriculture drives 30,000 to 60,000 miles a year. It is a big state! There is a lot of ground to cover!
We Aggies read the land in ways dissimilar from our urban neighbors. Granted, both Ag and urban alike feel awe at the glory of a valley sunrise or when shadows scud across far hills or moonbeams peep over the horizon. But, we Aggies feel our pulse race at a hint of rain or those first shoots of spring-green. We are elated at the first indication of a great harvest. We are saddened by nature’s losses from pests, storms, and frost. We fret as we drive into that early morning fogbank. And we wax nostalgic for the vestiges of dreams-past: discarded equipment, hillocks from a failed orchard, and barns showing the patina of age.
Our windshields views feel uniquely personal, as we keep our own company. Our lives flit by in pace with nature passing in the flicker of an eye.