Driving from Los Angeles to Northern California, we usually take the 5. A boring drive, the 5 is all about getting up the coast as quickly as possible.
This trip we decided to take the 101. A bit slower, but a lot more scenic with the opportunity to interact with the communities along the way.
When I was growing up, my mom’s favorite thing to do when we hit the road was to stop at the roadside stands and buy fruit and vegetables from the local farmers. What she dearly loved was when we could actually stop at the farm and do the picking ourselves.
One of her favorite places to visit was Cherry Valley, east of Los Angeles, where she would find an orchard that would let us kids climb up the ladders, buckets in hand, and pick and eat as many cherries as we could handle.
Heading up north I remembered those experiences when I saw …