WHERE OLIVES GROWLast year's designation, by a leading wine magazine, as the best wine region in the world has assured the Paso Robles appellation of continued attention. But it is also a burgeoning olive growing district. This view is from Kiler Ridge where some great olive oil is grown and processed.
DROUGHT BLUESThe dry heat, when it should be damp or rainy cool, has confused nature. The drought continues. These hills should be green.
Coastal California has three seasons, golden, brown and green, but the drought has taken us from brown to concrete gray.
THIS IS NORMAL WINTER
These are scenes from 2 years ago, the last season we had adequate rain.
Now, only a tinge of green
The rolling hills have taken on a gray cast, instead of the normal winter/spring "Green as Ireland" look. Believe it or not we are pleased by the tinge that you may be able to spot on the western slopes.
This is normally a lagoon, used by birds and water fowl.
For the time being central and southern Californians are hoping and praying for more rain, so we'll see more of this-a product of the only 3-4 inches we've had this season.
This narrow strip near the road and mailbox is the most green we've seen. Wish those who have had an abundance of rain or snow could pipe it west.
See you down the trail.