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aguacaliente

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Topic Author's Original Post - May 20, 2012 - 02:32am PT
Slide show from a forthcoming book:

http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2012/05/20/sunday-review/20LIGHT.html

The valley supplies half of the fruits and vegetables for the United States. ...

We saw this fruit bowl of America being planted with its final crop of ticky-tacky cookie-cutter houses and gated communities with homes overlooking artificial lakes. ...

Humans were not the only ones struggling for a home. The valley is one of the greatest North American flyways for millions of migrating birds, and their nesting ground has been stripped down to contain almost unimaginably big fields of crops that donít accommodate animal life. The use of pesticides on this scale was mind-boggling. The Central Valley has provided the dream for many, but it is also deeply shadowed.

The issues in the valley are the global challenges of our generation: water, land use, population, growing economic disparity.

By Ken and Melanie Light. The "final crop" is one heckuva way of putting it.
zBrown

Ice climber
Chula Vista, CA
May 20, 2012 - 02:47am PT
Thanks for the link. I now have both a NYTimes account and a viewing of the slide show. Very stark.


Dapper Dan

Trad climber
Redwood City
Jan 14, 2016 - 05:35pm PT
Yo DMT where in the San Joaquin do you live? I gotta move outta of the Bay Area...
Jeremy Ross

Gym climber
Jan 14, 2016 - 07:30pm PT
Great shots, DMT. Hope to see more.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jan 14, 2016 - 08:11pm PT
Very nice selection, DMT.

May I join you--I haven't many, mind you.

Merced River bridges in the boonies (Shaffer RR bridge and Amsterdam Rd. bridge).
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mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jan 14, 2016 - 08:12pm PT
The Merced River descending towards the bridges.
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mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jan 14, 2016 - 08:14pm PT
Fine local taco eatery on Santa Fe at Winton Way, north of Castle Airport.
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mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jan 14, 2016 - 08:17pm PT
Fine up & coming university out in the boonies north of Merced.
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Thank you.
hooblie

climber
from out where the anecdotes roam
Jan 14, 2016 - 08:28pm PT
you're a master hoster, dingle toaster
Credit: hooblie
Credit: hooblie
Credit: hooblie
Credit: hooblie
Chaz

Trad climber
greater Boss Angeles area
Jan 14, 2016 - 08:54pm PT
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Holiday Inn on The 5, an hour south of Stockton.

110* with 30mph wind blowing agriculture odors and debris, like wheat stalks and chicken feathers, all over the place.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jan 15, 2016 - 02:29am PT
A quick trip down the San Joaquin Valley's main artery, Hwy 99, from Merced County to Kern County.

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It's not really on 99, but lies south of Merced near Hwy 152 which connects to 99 in Madera County.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jan 15, 2016 - 02:32am PT
El Nido exists because of cotton and dairy cattle, mostly.

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mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jan 15, 2016 - 02:33am PT
Getting out of Dodge.

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mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jan 15, 2016 - 02:35am PT
Madera/Fresno county line, the San Joaquin River and its refurbished bridge.

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mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jan 15, 2016 - 02:38am PT
Tulare Airfield.

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mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jan 15, 2016 - 02:42am PT
Also in Tulare.

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mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jan 15, 2016 - 02:44am PT
Also Tulare (home of the annual Ag Mfrs. Exhibit).

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mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jan 15, 2016 - 02:48am PT
Soon entering Bakersfield.

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mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jan 15, 2016 - 02:51am PT
South of Bakersfield.

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mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jan 15, 2016 - 02:56am PT
Too far...looking back towards the Grapevine.


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