2016 Westward HO travel blog

Salinas

Vineyards

Fields

Pickers


We got an early start this morning around 9:30 am heading north to our next stop of Salinas California at the local KOA. We drove US 101 which takes us thru the Salinas Valley which is located between the Santa Lucia Mountain Range and the Diablo Mountain Range. The Salinas Valley is one of the major valleys and most productive agricultural regions in California. Agriculture dominates the economy of the valley. Promoters call the Salinas Valley "the Salad Bowl of the World" for the production of lettuce, broccoli, peppers and numerous other crops. The climate and long growing season are also ideal for the flower industry and grape vineyards planted by world-famous vintners. A large majority of the salad greens consumed in the U.S. are grown within this region. Strawberries, lettuce, tomatoes, and spinach are the dominant crops in the valley. Other crops include broccoli, cauliflower, wine grapes, and celery. Due to the intensity of local agriculture, the area has earned itself the nickname "America's Salad Bowl." The area is very flat and farms and vineyards line the landscape.

We spotted a Flea Market as we were pasting King City so we stopped to check it out. Only problem, it was all Spanish speaking and most didn’t speak much English. We walked around for a bit but there was nothing we needed so on we went.

We arrived at the KOA and it was built in the side of a hill. When we pulled in, I thought how we would ever get level. Well we got our site and they done a nice job laying the place out, all the sites were poured concrete level slabs, nice touch, only thing level here. Got set up but one slide out is in the bushes, it will work since we are here only 2 nights. I did get to watch the NASCAR race today so it was a good day. We are going to take it easy for the rest of the day and drive to Monterey tomorrow.



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