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 read the land. We feel awe at the glory of a valley sunrise or when shadows scud across far hills or the moon beams on the horizon. We feel our pulse race at a hint of rain and we are elated at the first indication of a great harvest. We are saddened at losses from pests, storms and frost. We fret as we drive into a fogbank. We wax nostalgic for the vestiges of the past that dot the landscape.
Our time behind the wheel and the views through our windshields feel uniquely personal and private, as we keep our own company. Our lives tick by while we watch nature pass in the flicker of an eye.