The San Joaquin Valley is a region too immense to be viewed from a single vantage point. It loses itself to a flat expanse both north and south, and gives way only slowly to the mounting foothills of the Sierra to the east and the barren Coast Range to the west . . . so vast and empty as to force one's eyes down in search of something close and recognizable. To tell of its geography, crops and climate, its length and breadth in miles - all this somehow fails to convey the fact of it, the effect of the eye and imagination.