Crystal, who was my girlfriend back in 1999, invited me to spend two weeks with her and the rest of her family in Chico, California, over the summer. I had never been to California before, but I had been wanting to see the state for a long time, so I was really excited.
We started out in Wilmore, Kentucky, where Crystal was staying for the summer. We flew out of Louisville on the long trip to Sacramento. Here's a tip for people flying the discounted flights with Southwest Airlines: those tickets are cheap for a reason. We stopped three times to pick up additional passengers and changed planes once before we finally got to Sacramento.
The first thing that I noticed about California was the large number of rice fields that dotted the landscape. I had no idea that the state was so agricultural, but I was soon to find out that there was stuff growing everywhere. The valley is full of orchards and fields. Everything else is dry as a bone, but the fields are lush and green. Irrigation turns the valley into an oasis.