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Tim Viall

Viall is a local travel writer who retired in 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 (37 years as a National Ski Patroller), traveling and three grandkids (all growing fast). Tim and spouse Susan travel extensively with a classic Scotty travel trailer; they specialize in frugal travel and "traveling light" in the United States and Canada! Check out his blog for travel inspiration!

Time for a small travel trailer to sate your wanderlust?

How a small travel trailer can sate your wanderlust, save you money and take you to new horizons… Vaccines are slowly starting to roll out through California and in the west, and while it may be months before we can put the worst of the pandemic behind us, we can start to see the hopeful […]

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San Joaquin/Sacramento River Delta exploration; the Delta Meadows Trail

River Delta exploration; the Delta Meadows Trail near Locke and Walnut Grove, CA… Another travel column as Covid19 bears down on the San Joaquin Valley and Sacramento Capital Region area in California. My task in the new year is to offer thoughtful, safe choices to sate one’s travel desires as we await vaccines and a […]

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A look forward to post-pandemic travel in 2021

Finish your planning to be ready for post-pandemic travel in 2021… My task on this New Year’s Day is to finish a column on travels in the new year, while still in the throes of the coronavirus pandemic. My spouse and I spent several hours last night celebrating New Year’s Eve with three other couples, […]

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Pandemic travels close to San Joaquin County…careful travel by automobile

Find lovely pandemic travel destinations close to San Joaquin County… I am writing on Christmas day, with planned Zoom calls coming up with both our family, and my spouse’s Pacific Northwest cousins. We plan to discuss 2021 trips and lay plans to see one-another “post pandemic”. Thankfully, Covid19 vaccines are reaching our community and our […]

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Pandemic travels, close to home, on foot, by bike, by automobile…

Pandemic travels, in San Joaquin County, on foot, by bike, by automobile… Do you want the good news, or, the bad news? The good news is Covid19 vaccines are reaching our community and our health care workers are utilizing the best practices in combatting the virus. The bad news; infections, hospitalizations and loss of loved […]

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Future travel; plan now to explore the nearby Gold Rush Highway…

The nearby Gold Rush Highway offers rich history, scenery! We have mainly been sheltering in place for the last couple of months, hiking trails near our home, traveling to places of interest in the city and county, not much more. We were about to drive up into the foothills and check a few old favorites […]

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Holiday travel planning amidst an accelerated pandemic

Celebrate and plan travel with your family this holiday season… This week I’m departing from my earlier planned article, and gathering my thoughts in the face of an accelerating pandemic – with Christmas and New Year’s holidays still ahead of us. In the month of December, likely fueled by Thanksgiving gatherings and travel, Covid19 cases, […]

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Warm vibes; Southern California desert is calling!

Death Valley, Joshua Tree and Anza Borrego offer pandemic options… With the current explosion of nationwide COVID-19 cases, many California counties pushed back into the “purple, widespread outbreak” category, the holidays and flu season upon us Dash we have even more reason to be thoughtful and stay at home. But, with vaccines in the offing, […]

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Give thanks for those lovely destinations, so close to home!

This Thanksgiving, explore those lovely destinations, so close to home! With the relative explosion of recent COVID19 cases, 41 of 58 California counties are back into the “purple, widespread outbreak” category, and the state and our counties are asking for residents to cut all unnecessary travel. With that in mind, and with rising cases in […]

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Lessons learned traveling during the pandemic

Traveling locally and regionally offers lessons for pandemic travel… Our world changed almost nine months ago, as the COVID-19 pandemic reality settled on the United States and the world. Since, we’ve had months of mostly sheltering at home and plenty of time to address our latent wanderlust. With rising cases in 49 of 50 states […]

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