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Tim Viall

Viall is a local travel writer who retired in late 2012 after 10 years as executive director of Stockton, CA’s, Emergency Food Bank and six years with the Downtown Stockton Alliance. Previously, a 21-year career in daily newspapers helped shape his writing style. Tim’s interests include bicycling, skiing (34 years as a National Ski Patroller), traveling and three grandkids (all growing fast). Tim and spouse Susan travel extensively with a Scotty “teardrop” travel trailer; they specialize in frugal travel and “traveling light” in the United States and Canada! Tim also writes a personal travel blog: http://LittlePlacesIKnow.blogspot.com; check it out for travel inspiration!

Emergencies on the road; preventing them, dealing with them, enjoying them…?

Our 2013 Ford Escape on repair rack in Whitefish, MT.

Those pesky emergencies on the road; preventing them, dealing with them; perhaps enjoying them? Since we both retired a little more than four years ago, my wife and I have traveled across the US and Canada (three times), multiple short to mid-range trips throughout the west (logging about 100,000 auto miles), vacationed in Hawaii four [...]

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On-line travel features in the Record offer a huge variety of destinations and travel topics!

You'll find this portion of my blog in upper right hand area of the blog home page.

Search on-line travel features in the Record; a huge variety of destinations and travel topics! Did you know the Record offers a wide variety of travel features, approaching 300 articles, which can be selected by “Category” (various portions of the USA and Canada)? Hence, you can go to the Stockton Record’s blog site, choose ‘Valley [...]

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Exploring your town from the seat of a bicycle; cycling in Stockton and San Joaquin County.

A group of riders from the 2015 Best Ride Ever takes a shady break.

Cycling in Stockton and San Joaquin County; exploring your town from the seat of a bicycle… Summer is almost upon us and, like me, I suspect many of you are thinking of becoming more active and dropping a few pounds. Let’s make this summer your time to increase your physical activity and add the fun [...]

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Seeking your favorite vacation places! Or, would you like a travel speaker?

A Haleakola sunrise on Maui, one of our favorite places on earth!

Seeking your favorite vacation places! Or, would you like a travel speaker? For a future travel feature, we’re seeking your favorite destinations within an hour or two of STOCKTON for close-to-home long-weekends or vacations. Send me your destination, why you like it, and if you have a favorite picture, attach that as well. We will [...]

Posted in Alaska, Canada, Eastern, Canada, Western, Central California, Hawaii, Midwest US, Mountain West (Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado), Northern California, Pacific Northwest USA (Oregon, Washington, Idaho), Sacramento/Capitol region, San Francisco Bay Area, Sierra Nevada, Southeast US, Southern California, Southwest USA (Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas), Stockton/San Joaquin County, Teardrop and tiny travel trailers | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Road tripping; touring historic Route 66 in bite-size pieces…old highway celebrates 90th birthday!

The Foothills Drive-in Theater sign is all the remains of the iconic drive-in theater in Azuza, CA that fronted on Rt. 66; the sign is now part of Azuza Pacific University.

Road tripping; touring historic Route 66 in bite-size pieces… The fabled ‘Mother Road’ turns 90 this year! I was first exposed to Route 66 in the summer of 1962, when my mother packed me and my two brothers in the back of a Ford station wagon, towing a Nimrod tent trailer, and set off from [...]

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The ‘endless summer’ continues, from Santa Monica to San Clemente, California

Santa Monica's lively pier on a hazy summer morning (and end of old Rt. 66).

Endless beaches and the ‘endless summer’ continues, from Santa Monica to San Clemente, California We’ve been visiting Southern California every year for the past 20 years or so. From frequent forays with kids and grandkids, mixing in camping, bicycling and good food, we’ve located favorite spots for the beach scene, family activities and laid back [...]

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Carrizo Plain National Monument, Pinnacles National Park and Fort Ord National Monument make for exciting tours!

Wildflowers are exploding on the Carrizo Plain in golden and purple hues!

Carrizo Plain, Pinnacles and Ft. Ord; wildflower explosion all through central and coastal California We had been up-and-down the state of California on Interstate 5 dozens of times, but never turned off near Buttonwillow to see the Carrizo Plain National Monument just an hour to the west. But several friends had recently posted photos of [...]

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National Parks week is this week…and, get a deal on a Senior Pass!

Wildflowers cover the hills in Carrizo Plain National Monument (BLM photo).

We are a couple of days into National Park Week, April 15–23- still time to visit nearby national parks like Yosemite, Pinnacles, Death Valley, Joshua Tree NPs and nearby national monuments like Ft. Ord NM near Monterey, Carrizo NM just west of Buttonwillow and many others. So, get out this weekend, or, plan your trips [...]

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Seattle, WA; exploring the city on the cheap…

Seattle's Space Needle, downtown, Mt. Rainier and Elliott Bay from Kerry Park.

Seattle, WA; a frugal traveler’s guide to doing the city on the cheap… We first honeymooned in Seattle 47 years ago and have repeatedly returned to this classic city by the bay. From the serene waters of Puget Sound, the Olympic Mountains to the west and the Cascade Mountains to the east, Seattle offers a [...]

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Cheap thrills; touring Seattle’s Elliott Bay and Puget Sound via ferry boat!

Two ferries, one departing, one arriving, at Anacortes Ferry Terminal.

Cheap thrills; exploring Seattle’s Elliott Bay and Puget Sound via ferry boat! From our first visit to Seattle some 48 years ago, we have loved the Washington State Ferry System. Stately, oceangoing fairies, cruising the serene waters of Puget Sound with the Olympic Mountains to the west and Seattle and the Cascade Mountains to the [...]

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