Morning drive along the Salinas River By AratiApril 4, 2019 ( 5 ) Share this:FacebookTwitterWhatsAppPrintEmailLike this:Like Loading... Categories: Bridges, Landscapes, Photography, The Journey, TravelTags: California, Fog, Landscapes, Military, Morning, Oil, Photography, Salinas River, Vineyards Related Articles Wordless Wednesday By Arati5 days ago ( 6 ) Monochrome Mondays: Eucalyptus rising By Arati6 days ago ( 4 ) Flowering Madrone By Arati1 week ago ( 4 ) 5 comments › Curt Mekemson April 6, 2019 • 4:17 pm Steinbeck country! –Curt LikeLiked by 1 person Reply ↓ Arati April 10, 2019 • 3:13 pm Yes, and although I have seen the landscape from Hwy 101 many times over the decades it was the first time I drove the back roads. In seeing all this up close I was struck by the contrast between the agricultural, military and oil landscapes. It really had an emotional impact on me. Something about the contrast between the beauty of nature, the land, the fields, the river, the fog, the sunrise and these ‘man made’ areas that seem to just wreck it all! LikeLike Reply ↓ Curt Mekemson April 13, 2019 • 11:54 am Agreed. I’ve spent a lot of time in the area over the years. One thing about Ft. Old, however, is it ended up preserving a lot of gorgeous country that has now turned into a National Monument. That land would have been lost to development, otherwise. On another note, Have you been to the Steinbeck Museum in Salinas? It is well-worth a visit. –Curt LikeLiked by 1 person Reply ↓ Arati April 17, 2019 • 5:08 pm Thanks for this piece of information Curt. I appreciate hearing how this military base (contrary to Chevron) ended up preserving land in this gorgeous country. This area around Paso Robles has become big time wine country. The vineyards are taking over! I haven’t visited the Steinbeck museum in Salinas and am putting this on my to do list for next I am in the area. As always, I enjoy our visit and comments. Thanks for stopping by. LikeLike Reply ↓ Curt Mekemson April 19, 2019 • 10:56 am Vineyards have become big in the Applegate Valley where I live as well. But recently they have had competition form marijuana and hemp farms. –Curt LikeLiked by 1 person Reply ↓ Leave a Reply to Curt Mekemson Cancel reply Enter your comment here... Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Email (required) (Address never made public) Name (required) Website You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Google account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Twitter account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Facebook account. ( Log Out / Change ) Cancel Connecting to %s Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.