Bakersfield is quite different from Northern California. Folks are more conservative here (unlike in Marin County!!) and farming is a very vital part of the local economy. The entire city sits within the San Joaquin valley – home to many companies who grow much of the vegetables and fruit sold throughout the USA.
Just returned from my recent trip and have a little time to report about the final segment of my combined business & personal trip to Central California. After a fantastic four days in San Luis Obispo (see my last post), I ventured south to Santa Maria (only for a few hours) and then to Bakersfield for the work-related assignment. I passed through a very little town along the way – Pumpkin Center!. I couldn’t resist the urge to photograph the city sign (above).