The sun is out today and the trees are suddenly filling with flowers. I feel like spring is almost here—I can’t wait. I’ve lost any of the hardiness I earned on the East Coast and have become greedy for warm California days. And I’m ready to start gardening!
Aron is on call this weekend, but I’m going to try to fit in a visit out to the Capay Valley with the kids for the Almond Blossom Festival. And Scribe is having a pickup-party, so I’ll drive into Sonoma to meet up with friends. And instead of picking up my phone and gasping at the news every few hours, I’m going to try to catch up on a couple of movies before the Oscars on Sunday night. Will you be watching? Any favorites?
I’ve written before about some of the reasons I might suggest you choose the longer route—Highway 101—to travel between Northern and Southern California: even with the extra hours factored in, there are so many more good stops! But if your kids are okay with the longer stretches and you’re interested in the most direct route, you’ll likely find yourself on I-5.
The interstate has been sorely lacking in good kids-stops for years. Our usual stop, Harris Ranch, at least has some expansive grounds and long hallways for running around, but I always feel the clock ticking as we’re eager to keep on the road and get the drive over with. But on our last drive up the interstate, after Disneyland, we pulled out in Kettleman City—about 30 minutes short of Harris Ranch and discovered Bravo Farms.