Friday, September 2, 2011

Driving Scenes: Los Angeles to San Francisco

Driving on Interstate 5- Roads and Hillsides 

There are certainly a multitude of ways that one can get from Los Angeles to San Francisco, but driving allows one to perceive the amazing landscapes along the way. Driving to Los Angeles to San Francisco can also be done in several ways; one can pick the Interstate-5  for the shortest drive, the U.S. Route 101 for a "more interesting" drive, or the State Route 1/ Highway 1 for a long, oceanside drive.

Driving on Interstate 5- Hillside

Although my companions and I chose the 5 freeway to go to San Francisco, we still passed by some picturesque areas: plenty of farmland and mountain views. Maybe it was coincidence, but the blue sky and beautiful clouds enhanced the appearance of everything we saw during this drive.

Driving on Interstate 5- Clouds

The clouds that day were beautiful; arranged in beautiful patterns, it was easy for me to get distracted from my reading selection. In this picture it seems like as if a fleet of clouds are moving towards one direction.

Driving on Interstate 5- Road to the Mountain
Driving on Interstate 5- Curves

Simple scenes such as a curve around a hill were so beautiful thanks to the lush greenery in the area.

Working Farmers

We happened to also see lots of farmers at work in the wide expanses of farmland; living in a metropolitan/suburban area, it is somewhat difficult to see where our food actually comes from, and this drive up through the Central Valley region was a great way to see and learn how the farms operate.

Murray Family Farms Farmers Market Signage

For a rest stop, we stopped by at the Murray Family Farms' Farmer's Market. They had large signs on the freeway on what they offered which prompted us to stop.

Murray Family Farms Whiteboard
Murray Family Farms Trees
Topanga Quality Sage Honey at Murray Family Farms

Much as I enjoyed looking at the various citrus fruits on sale (at relatively decent prices), I did not like how they were selling products from other businesses at an inflated price. This Topanga Quality Honey (Sage) can be found at Whole Foods, Fresh and Easy, and the manufacturer itself at significantly lower prices than the 10+ dollars we paid per jar of honey. The honey however is delicious; clean, sweet, yet thick with a viscosity similar to maltose.

Driving on Interstate 5- Agricultural Pesticide/Irrigation Plane

Right after departing from Murray Family farms, we spotted an insecticide plane. Apologies for the blurry picture!

Driving on Interstate 5-Farmland and Communication Towers
Driving on Interstate 5- Farm

Continuing on the drive, we encountered yet more large expanses of farmland which grew other crops. The vibrant color produced by the melange of crops is certainly a sight to see.

Driving on Interstate 5- Cow Farm

What is not particularly exciting along the drive is passing by the cow farms; the cows are amusing, but the stench that can accidentally flow into the vehicle if the air conditioning is not on "recirculate" or if the windows are open is extremely strong.

Driving on Interstate 5- Farming and the Hillside

I really liked how the mountains are so "soft" in this picture; purple mountains can be seen after all! There were certainly some hints of purple, brown, and green when I looked from afar.


Driving on Interstate 5- Farm and Clouds

Here is yet another interesting cloud formation that looks like it is the path to somewhere.

Driving on Interstate 5- Wide Expanse of Farmland

We passed by again another tractor, where the plowed land looked like smooth ocean waves.

Driving on Highway 152- San Louis Resevoir Recreation Area
Driving on Highway 152- San Louis Resevoir Recreation Area

After a long drive on the 5 freeway, we switched to the State Route 152. The view suddenly changed; a large body of water welcomed us, and the curving route along with the lush greenery was something special to be driving on.

Driving on Highway 152- San Louis Resevoir Recreation Area Hillsides
Driving on Highway 152- Winding Roads and Green Hills
Driving on Highway 152: Hill

The deep green colors and curving roads remind me of British countryside, and the hill in the picture above is something that reminds me of China! We passed by such beautiful scenery we certainly did not mind the slower speed we had to drive at; it allowed us to have more time to savor the landscape. Large recreational areas were the main view for this section of the drive, but there was still some farmland; as we passed Gilroy, garlic aromas flowed into our vehicle for a short duration.

There are plenty of farm stands if you wish to purchase some produce, but virtually all of them were closed when we drove through. If you see one that is open, do stop by as you might not find any more farm stands on the route!

Intel: Silicon Valley
McAFee: Silicon Valley

Soon enough, we were in the Silicon Valley. These buildings are quite a contrast to all the nature and farmland we saw just approximately a half hour before we arrived in this area.

Naval Air Station, Moffett Field Hangar
Naval Air Station, Moffett Field Hangar/ Buildings

Like what I saw in Tustin, air stations with gigantic hangars still exist in other parts of California; this one is Moffett Field.

This six hour drive went by quite quickly! I guess it was probably because it was my first time going through. Koi Palace in Daly City, CA was our next stop.

Find the rest of the posts in this series at this trip's TRIP INDEX.

2 comments:

Sawyer said...

hahah you make this drive look so interesting, but i dread doing it every time i go home from davis. beautiful pictures though. i've always wanted to stop and take some some along the way, but i (and my angry cat) also want to get the drive over as quickly as possible

EatTravelEat said...

Sawyer,

LOL I think the first time is probably the best time; it's also nice during a cool day. Kettleman City is a good stop for chain food; In-N-Out, Starucks, Mcdonalds, and other places have stores there.