It is April 24 and I am driving my pickup on Cunningham Road, a few miles east of Planada on a breezy Sunday with clouds drifting over the Sierra Nevada mountains, clear skies overhead and fields and hills still green from spring rains.
Five Guys, a burger joint planned for the 2,100-square-foot space near G Street and East Yosemite Avenue, was originally slated to open by the end of 2015. Pete Salinas, a Five Guys shift manager who is helping open the restaurant, said he’s hopeful the restaurant will open May 9.
If you haven’t driven through the country lately, streams are gurgling and wildflowers are in bloom. Our foothills community calendars are bursting with springtime festivals and events you won’t want to miss.
In the afternoons and on weekends, people from all over trek to Fahrens Park in Merced, where they spend hours perfecting their backhands and sidearms, yearning to hear the rattling chain that indicates their disc made it in the basket.
It’s a good thing that my eldest son, Casey, came home for spring break. It turns out I didn’t know how to drive, though I thought I’d been safely conveying my children around the state for almost two decades.
California is sprouting new growth. The rivers and creeks are running, and everywhere we look, the landscape is lush and green and dotted with wildflowers. If you haven’t taken a drive through the country lately, what are you waiting for?