Joe and I took a road we had not travelled before on the trip to deliver his trucks to Greenfield, California last Monday.
California 46 at Lost Hills goes west to California 101 which leads to the vast farm lands of my post on Tuesday.
I was not aware of oil wells in California. Mostly because much of the rabid environmental activism springs from California and moves eastward.
So you may imagine my surprise at seeing oil well pumping machinery on one stretch of California 46 in Lost Hills that runs past the horizon on both sides of the highway. Ginormous is not an accurate word for this oil field.
The diagonal gray area shown in the map above is all oil rigs.
These big machines make me think of mosquitoes. The sucker rod attached at the head and disappearing underground is like the stinger thing of mosquitoes.
Some of the wells are thousands of feet deep underground while others are closer.
According to Joe, (the stored knowledge in his bald and shaven pate is astounding), the sucker rod attached to the rigs head has a bucket at the end of it. As the head moves downward the bucket is lowered into the oil pool. As the head moves upward the bucket raises a column of oil that empties into pipes at a determined level which carries the crude to wherever it is going. A refinery further up the field.
Also, Joe has known a person that had an oil well. Each time the head came up the man earned $.22. In one hours time that $.22 will become $26.40 an hour. In one 24 hour period the man made over $600.
There are fields of oil pumps similar to this one throughout Texas.
Just thought you might like to know there is more to California than fruits, nuts, and vegetables.
Have a fantastic weekend everyone.