Along the coast
Saturday March 12th 2016, 11:13 pm
Filed under: Family

Drove to Salinas to share a cousin’s big day.

Artichoke fields blurring by, but there’s no mistaking those spiky leaves from the car.

The slough at Moss Landing, with a snowy egret back there.

You know you’re driving through Castroville when the front of the┬ástrip mall includes a giant artichoke (which would have been clearer if the driver had just held still, y’know, right there where the highway kind of peters out for awhile there going through town.) If you’ve eaten a ‘choke you’ve tasted a part of their town.

I knit half a cowl on the drive down. I put away the knitting and simply absorbed the landscape as we took the coastal route back up.


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I recently saw artichokes on sale in our grocery store. $5 CDN for TWO! (crazy. Hardly worth the effort to buy only 2…) and a bag of frozen artichoke hearts was something like $5 or $6 as well. I remember, years ago, visiting my best friend when she was in med school at Stanford, and we all sat around eating artichokes with dipping sauce like they were potato chips. She said they were practically free there, which was why they could all afford the artichoke meal… I was amazed. Still am. There are some things Californians get to eat fresh…well, it makes me downright jealous. ­čÖé

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