Bucket list #244: Eat an orange I picked myself
Achieved: March 2012
Near Baskerville, CA
On the first day of the California road trip, we intended to camp in Sequoia National Park. Plans did not go quite as planned, however, and several feet of snow prevented us from following the original route. See the beautiful photographs from the drive and playing in the snow in Sequoia National Park here. After trying several routes to get over the mountains and reach other campsites, we decided to turn back to Bakersfield and spend the night at a friend’s before continuing the road trip.
While driving back down the mountain, the weather once again turned from winter wilderness to a beautiful spring day within ten minutes. Before too long, we came across rows upon rows of trees constituting orange groves. Along the road, we made a pit stop and wandered through some of the groves, admiring the fruit. We were fortunate to get the opportunity to sample the fruit, not only the orange but the grapefruit as well. I have to say that the fresh fruits tasted exponentially better than any I’ve bought from the store, even better than the fresh produce I was privileged to find in Ecuador. Usually I have to add a fair amount of sugar to grapefruit, but the newly picked fruit didn’t need any enhancement or additions.
As we finished off the day with the drive to Bakersfield, the sunset was stunning. The clouds in particular were fantastic. The remainder of the evening was spent in good company before the road trip continued onward to Death Valley National Park.