Today I learned that the Torrey irrigation canal is eleven miles long. Imagine organizing a group today to hand dig a ditch a hundred yards long, much less eleven miles. It’s not like those pioneer folk didn’t have stuff to do just trying to stay alive. It still takes a great number of people to keep the water flowing and apportion it fairly. And I never forget we live on the edge of a desert. It’s out of respect for the preciousness of that water resource that we planted a higher value crop like cider apples.