Today we are leaving San Francisco and we head out of the city over the Oakland Bay bridge. The main feature of today is the intense dry heat. We drive through cultivated fields of sunflowers, fruit trees in regimented rows, then sweet corn. Pistachios nut trees too, olive oil and craft beer tasting along the highway. The treeless grassy hills are like rolling yellow sand dunes under blue blue sky. We can see several areas of smoke rising in the distance probably from bush fires.
The heat is intense as we reach the city of Chico and our bed and breakfast, the Grateful Bed.