We have moved to the San Joaquin Valley of California. It is very dry here, whatever we find green is because of irrigation. Our plan was to visit Yosemite National Park. Being a national park, it is currently closed, thanks to the intelligent representatives and senators whom we voted into office. Our issue of not being able to see Yosemite, however, is minor compared to the situation of thousands of federal employees who are out of work and are not even going to receive a paycheck for their days off. Anyway, it is what it is, we will be here for a week and then will move on. There are still things for us to do in the area. The town of Chowchilla has a population of 17,00. It seems to spill out into the countryside where there are large ochards of pistachios and almonds.