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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!

California’s Riviera; featuring Santa Catalina Island, Crystal Cove, Lyon Air Museum

Santa Catalina Island, Crystal Cove, Lyon Air Museum add spice to California’s Riviera! Orange County, affectionately known as California’s Riviera, runs almost 40 miles south of Los Angeles, boasting world-class beaches and coves, surfers and cyclists, entertainment options galore, vintage and exotic cars, sporting events and fine dining. We had vowed to show our Spokane, […]

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Agri-tourism; discovering the history, source of food in the San Joaquin Valley

Farm to table; know how that food arrived at your table! (Record blog, feature, May 13, 14, 2019) Residents of San Joaquin County live in, arguably, the most productive agricultural region in the world. But, as cities expand, farming and food production is pushed further each year into the countryside; many residents seldom think where […]

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The parks of summer and fall; avoiding the crowds, enjoying tranquility

Find tranquility and quiet in some of the busiest national and state parks during summer and fall; plan ahead! Summer vacation is almost here, and families are plotting their summer (and early fall) destinations. If you are considering western state and national parks, you may soon discover that both campgrounds and in-park lodging accommodations are […]

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Fort Ord National Monument and Elkhorn Slough add excitement to Monterey visit!

Monterey offers treasure trove of adventure destinations, with Fort Ord backcountry and Elkhorn Slough! Headed to the Monterey area? Hikers, bicyclists, mountain bikers, kayakers or campers will find two adventure destinations within 2.5 hours of San Joaquin County, in Fort Ord National Monument and Elkhorn Slough, each adjacent to Monterey, CA. Fort Ord National Monument […]

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Mother’s Day adventures close to home!

Build a local or regional adventure outing for Mother’s Day… Mother’s Day is just around the corner – if you’re seeking adventuresome and scenic destinations in northern California here are several recommendations from my spouse, several friends and me, both local and further afield. If you are seeking fine dining and adventure in San Joaquin […]

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Bicycling in your county and Sierra foothills; and take in the Sea Otter Classic!

Stockton Bike Club members at start of February’s Pedaling Paths to Independence ride. LSD (long, slow distance) riders head north on Thornton Road. Cross country cyclists in Ft. Ord National Monument backcountry, part of the Sea Otter Classic. SJBC riders stop at Consumnes River Farms, Thornton, to sample olive oil. Thousands of consumers course through […]

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California wildflowers and Gold Rush history; start with gold’s discovery along American River

Towering Foresthill Bridge passes 730 feet over the North Fork, American River, just outside Auburn. The historic Slate Mountain Mine stamp mill, used to crush quartz rock for its gold content, stands on edge of downtown Georgetown, CA. Docents Terry and Gayle Gay are ready to share Gold Rush lore in Marshall Gold Discovery State […]

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Tent and car campers; moving up to small trailer camping!

The “after” photo of our 64 Scotty Sportsman; two years of on-again, off-again work to rebuild from the frame up. A “before” photo of our 64 Scotty Sportsman, after the aluminum skins were removed; extensive dryrot, from leaking roof seams, made this little trailer a BIG project. Word to the wise when shopping vintage trailers, […]

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A guide to Yosemite and Hetch Hetchy in late winter and spring!

Yosemite Falls thunders into a sunny, blue-bird day. Snowshoers head for a scenic outing to Dewey Point (photo courtesy Andria Hernandez). Icicles hang precariously off the Majestic Yosemite Hotel. Majestic Yosemite Hotel, with snowy Glacier Point Overlook towering 3,000 feet above. Cross-country skiers near Glacier Point (photo courtesy National Park Service). Horsetail Falls peers out […]

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California Auto Museum with vintage, classic cars galore is unsung Sacramento gem!

Depression-era display features, from right, 1931 Ford Model A Roadster next to a sleek 1935 Chrysler Airflow. 1960 Nash Metropolitan and 1966 Ford Shelby Cobra compete for attention! Docent Steve Helmke offers insights to Tom Wilson, Ralph Womack, Mansoor Soleimani and Gary Pierce of Stockton and Woodbridge. 1933 Lincoln KB Sedan was personal auto of […]

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