Yeah! I would have to say that California runs are our favorites and not necessarily for the reason you might think. If we get a run to California, we are usually well west of the Rockies and California means a great long run (usually in the 1,500 - 2,000 mile range). And just as good is the fact that once we are there, they are going to send us in one of two directions. Either up the Northwest coast (damn, I hate to have to spend time in the lusciousness of Seattle and Portland) or they will send us zipping back to the eastern part of the country (usually well east of the Mississippi). So, it is actually for the milage that we love California runs.
Of course, it helps that we get to buy organic dates that have just dropped off of trees that we can actually see. I also don't mind having to buy organic strawberries from the stand that sits in front of the actually strawberry patch. His mom's strawberry jam (2 jars at a time!) is another burden that I can bear.
Speaking of roadside fruit and veggie stands, we stopped in the Boston area a couple of days ago and I was able to coax Tony to stop so I could pick up a couple of homegrown tomatoes and 4 wonderful ears of Butter and Sugar corn. I don't know if you have ever had this experience, but you can eat fresh picked corn RAW. Yep, just tear into those babies as soon as you get them. That is some kinda special, let me tell you. We have to limit ourselves to only eating 1 then and another the next day (not sure what 2 ears of raw corn would do to the digestive process?!?). We also picked up a pint of local blueberries and snarfed them within the hour.
Oh the wonderful days of summer. . .