Finding Out Who Put the Almonds in My Joy in Chico, California
Spring is a revelation in Chico, California—an agricultural hotspot better known for its hard-partying college. (Rowdy keggers bring more publicity than the quiet work of almond growing.) Look closer. This laid-back town claims the heavyweight title of "Almond Capital of the World." Once the orchards come into bloom in late February, go for a drive, windows down. Take in acres bursting with fragrant pink-white blossoms, boxes of honey bees dotting neat rows. Close your eyes. (You might want to pull over first.) This is what you feel like when you're happy.