The Road Less Traveled...

When we set off for the Bay Area, we weren't planning on an extensive explore of the backroads of Colusa County, but somehow our navigation got off track and we made a 40 mile detour of some amazing countryside.

Our first stop was to frolic in the almond blooms. This is the first time I think I've ever seen these trees flowering. Thank you to Ed for the suggestion!
California almond production began in the 1840-1850s and by 1860, almond orchards existed from Los Angeles to Yuba City. Today, our state's almond industry produces over 80 percent of the world supply. These tasty nuts are California's largest food export.

Off in the distance were the Sutter Buttes, referred to as the world's smallest mountain range, and flooded fields reminding us that just two weeks ago, this whole area was evacuated due to the threat from the Oroville Dam. Interesting.
Buffalo, long horn steers and even an emu (not photographed) delighted us along our crazy path.
This sign greeted us on several of the roads we turned onto.
This path of dirt switchbacks added a great deal of excitement to our travels.
These were the only others we shared the road with.

While Robert Frost probably was a more purposeful traveler, after surviving our trek, we too agreed with him..."Two roads diverged in a wood and I - I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference."

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Aquí Ahí Allá said...

It looks like you are in another state!
Love that so many open spaces still exist in California.
They have your name on them.

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