By FresYes Guest Writer Cassie Yoshikawa
I have proudly worn the title of “Fresnan” for a little over a year now. My previous homes have included Montgomery, Denver, and Oklahoma City, so I had no idea what life in California would bring. Here are three things that no one prepared me for before moving to Fresno.
The Traffic is Unreal
Growing up and living most of my adult life in the midwest, I always heard horror stories of the traffic in California. After sitting through rush hour in both LA and San Francisco, I learned first hand that this reputation was well-deserved. However, no one prepared me for the traffic in Fresno (or the lack thereof, that is.) It turns out that not all California traffic is created equal. While Fresno does experience routine delays and has some busy stretches, I was surprised at the overall ease of commuting here. Compared to similarly populated places that I personally have lived, Fresno traffic is almost nonexistent.
The Weather Isn’t That Bad
The one thing everyone did tell me about was the Fresno summer. “Prepare for the heat” I was sufficiently warned. I will admit that temperatures above 100 degrees make living difficult no matter where you are. However, the bright side of the Fresno summer is that humidity is hardly ever a factor. In fact, I’ve found the predictable weather to be quite a luxury. Rain checks are rare here, and inclement weather is not a major factor in planning events or fun weekends.
Your Weekends Will Fill Up Fast
Beach or mountains? Palms or pines? Explore a big city or visit a national park? Fresno offers the best of both worlds. Since moving here, I have scarcely had a boring weekend. The possibility for day trips are endless, and most are within a few hours drive. Fresno’s central locality makes it the prime spot for weekend warriors, and that has been my favorite discovery since moving here. Overall Fresno has been a pleasant surprise and I wouldn’t want to call any other place home!
Cassie is the author and adventurer behind cassiescompass.com. As a Fresno-based travel blogger, she especially loves exploring California. Join the adventure by following along @cassiescompass.