California has many orchards on I-5. They are orange, mandarin, grapefruit, lemon, and lime for the citrus. Cherry, peach, apricot, and plum for the stone fruits.
Nut trees like almond, pecan, and walnut grow here. Up more north are the olive orchards.
There is a lot of agriculture in California. Vineyards are just as plentiful.
Throughout the southwestern part of the US – mainly Arizona, Nevada, and California the highway medians have oleander (pronounced O-lee-ander) bushes growing.
Here on I-5 you can see the varieties of red, white, and pink. These flower in late spring and early summer. Come later in summer and early fall the blooms will fade and in winter the medians will be green with the bushes.
Oleander is extremely toxic. The leaves of the oleander bush have a toxin in them that will kill you quickly. I don’t know if it would be a painful death as arsenic would be but you would be just as dead.
With all the crap that California comes up with I’m surprised they would even have these bushes growing anywhere. You walk into a business of any kind – restaurant or store – and there are signs posted telling you that California has found items to be harmful and carcinogenic to your health in these establishments. It is my opinion that California is the land of “fruits and nuts”. Now not “fruits” as in “gay people” just LOONEY TOONS fruits and whacko nuts. Just my opinion.
These two pictures are of the same area. Yolo. The one on the left is when we began moving trucks from Walmart in Red Bluff to Pomona and the one on the right was taken on our last trip to Pomona.
Quite a difference in just a short time frame.
These two pictures are of the same place in Jean, Nevada. Just in Nevada from the California/Nevada border. On the left picture you see the Gold Coast Casino on the right of the road and on the left of the road off in the distance you see a sign. In the right photo is what is left of the once grand Nevada Landing Casino. Things change in Nevada.
On US 95 out of Las Vegas and heading to I-40 in Arizona we have to stay off the road that goes over Hoover Dam.
Joshua Trees are sort of a cactus but not a cactus. They are a succulent since nothing grows out in the desert that needs a lot of water.
Why this is called a Joshua Tree (to the right near the black angle from my windshield is the tree) I have no idea. Pretty stark environment, isn’t it?
Still on US 95 traveling toward Arizona we have to go through a mountain pass. We had been going uphill a bit before this and now we are going to go downhill. Some steep inclines and switchbacks so I wanted to at least get this shot before all the foolishness and mayhem ensued.
Once on the other side of the mountain pass we go down another set of hills and we are nearly out of Nevada. This is coming into Laughlin, Nevada. The larger buildings are casinos and the residents live amongst them and on up the side of the hill.
Still on US 95 but now in Arizona the landscape changes a bit and becomes rocky in places.
This outcropping looks like it is giving me the “finger”. By this time it could have just been my frame of mind. I wanted to be home so bad and to get off the road.
We are getting closer to I-40 but still on US 95 in Arizona.
Dirt, rocks, and brush. I so long for grass, trees, and home.
Arizona has the most diverse landscape coloring and rocks than any other place I’ve traveled in.
There are, literally, rocks on top of rocks in this range. They fit atop each other like a child’s blocks. What keeps them from tumbling down, I guess, is because of the way they are seated atop each other.
Hope you have enjoyed this bit of travel.