Taking the dogs out for a walk on this fine winter's day, we see that the ground is still hard and dry. There's been only about an inch of rain so far this season. This has been a dry year, so far. Normally my neighbor would be planting this land, but between the dry weather and the low grain prices, he's decided to save his money this year. He also is a building contractor, and jokingly speaks of having to have a day job to support his farming habit.
We're in the range of hills that divides California's Central Valley from the much smaller Salinas Valley to its west. Through these hills runs the famous San Andreas Fault, source of many of California's major earthquakes.