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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!

Yellowstone National Park in winter; no crowds, stunning wildlife!

American eagle feasts on carrion near the Madison River

Yellowstone National Park: A wonderland where animals are spectacular, crowds non-existent!                         On this trip to Yellowstone National Park, we approached West Yellowstone from the northwest on Hwy. 287 (coming down from Whitefish/Glacier National Park, MT) along the Madison River, where several fly-fisherman and [...]

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

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

On-line travel features in the Record offer a huge variety of destinations and travel topics! Did you know the Record offers a wide variety of travel features, well over 270 strong, that can be selected by “Category”? Hence, you can go to the Record’s blog site, choose ‘Valley Travel: Little Places That I Know’, go to [...]

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Winter adventure in northwest Montana; Glacier National Park, Whitefish Mountain Resort in Whitefish!

This old railway locomotive is available for overnight stays at the Isaac Walton Inn in Essex, MT.

Glacier National Park, Whitefish Mountain Resort in Whitefish make for exciting winter times! We spent six days in Whitefish, in northwestern Montana, beginning on Super Bowl Sunday, for skiing and catching up with old National Ski Patrol pals. The area had been hammered by a big snowstorm just before our arrival, which continued the first [...]

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Rainy day respites for kids and young adults in Stockton/San Joaquin County

Kids get a kick out of historical exhibits at the San Joaquin Historical Museum.

“Indoor fun in San Joaquin County”, in a wet winter! We’re six weeks into winter, with massive amounts of rain in Stockton while the Sierra has recorded epic snowfalls.  If you and kids or grandkids are getting cabin fever and desire to get out of the house and do something, consider a few outings right [...]

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Winter destinations for warm weather, camping and hiking in California!

A chollo cactus garden in Joshua Tree National Park.

Death Valley and Joshua Tree National Parks and Anza Borrego State Park offer desert serenity, winter blooms and quiet exploration! In January, our nearby Sierra mountains received over 400 inches of snow, while our valley was pelted with rain like we haven’t seen in years.  If you’re suffering cabin fever and long for sunny, warm [...]

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Tomales Bay and Pt. Reyes National Seashore make a marvelous day or weekend trip!

Pt. Reyes Lighthouse, open for tours Friday through Monday.

Journey to Tomales Bay and Pt. Reyes National Seashore for an exciting day or weekend trip! Where can you see Elephant seals, Tule elk, watch whales, stroll the beach where Sir Francis Drake claimed California for Queen Elizabeth in 1579, tour a spectacular Pacific lighthouse and gorge on freshly shucked oysters – all just 2 [...]

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8th annual Stockton Restaurant Week kicks off January 20th through 29th; eat out!

Stockton Rest. Week logo, 2017

Travel and dine locally; that’s my suggestion as the 8th annual Stockton Restaurant Week kicks off January 20th and runs through January 29. Restaurants across Stockton will come together for what has become one of Stockton’s most anticipated annual culinary events, Stockton Restaurant Week, January 20-29, 2017. Stockton Restaurant Week gives local foodies and families [...]

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Ashland, Oregon, home of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival

The Allen Elizabethan Theatre at night, with full house.

Quaint, affordable and just five hours up Interstate 5: Ashland, Oregon, home of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. A quaint, historic downtown with a plethora of unique shops and galleries, a variety of fine restaurants and places to stay, world-class theatre and just a mile off Interstate 5. That’s Ashland, Oregon, home to the Oregon Shakespeare [...]

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Dodge Ridge, Bear Valley celebrate five feet of snow in last four days, highlighting start to 2017 ski season

Bear Valley Winter Explosion torchlight parade from last season.

Five feet of snow in last four days highlight start to 2017 ski season for Bear Valley and Dodge Ridge Ski Areas! With the recent Sierra storms unloading over five feet of snow on both Bear Valley and Dodge Ridge, the resorts are digging out for a fun Martin Luther King weekend! Both resorts are [...]

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Bucket list updates; gems from eastern US and Canada include the Old South and Canadian Maritimes!

Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia on bright sunny day.

Updating your travel bucket list; gems from eastern US and Canada include the Old South and Canadian Maritimes… Over the last two weeks, my wife and I have shared our favorite travel destinations in the western United States. This week, our top suggestions for the eastern US and Canada. In February and March, 2015, we [...]

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