Warehouse Wall

Warehouse Wall | Quincy, WA | 2016

We live in fruit country, where gazillions of cherries, apples, peaches, pears and grapes (along with potatoes) are processed and stored in enormous warehouse-like buildings. I’m talking tens, maybe hundreds, of millions of square feet of covered space in a five-county area. Driving past one of these climate- controlled structures always reminds me of our region’s capacity to house objects or people. If a horrible disaster hit, stored crops could be sacrificed — maybe eaten — in order to shelter thousands of folks in need. I’m sure orchardists and fruit shippers would raise an eyebrow at this, but only until earthquake refugees start streaming across the mountains after Seattle’s “Big One.”