I often feel sorry for my daughter. But at least she'll have plenty of stories to tell her children.
About five years ago, I recall doing my best to convince her to come with me on an all-day, far-fetched attempt to locate the last wild tomatoes in Orange County.
That's right, wild tomatoes — in the hills of Orange County. This is a true story.
First, a little background. In the summer of 1769, the first European expedition in California had reached Orange County. The hot, dry conditions had left the party precariously short of water.
Fortunately, a Spaniard in the expedition by the name of Padre Gomez discovered a spring in what is now the East Irvine area, providing the party with a welcome source of fresh water.
For the next few days the group camped near the life-sustaining springs, and the site was soon called the "Spring of Padre Gomez." About 100 years later, the area was given a new name, "Tomato Springs," due to the abundance of wild tomatoes that were supposedly growing in the area, the progeny of previous visitors.