During my stays with my parents I’ll take a break and wander around the area of my childhood. It’s still very beautiful in the Salinas Valley. As a kid I didn’t realize what a gold mine it is for a photographer. Here are a couple of snaps that don’t really do the area justice. The water tower is off the road that leads from my parents house toward Fort Ord, the old Army base where my father did his first basic training when he enlisted as a young man.