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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!

Road trip: in search of California’s covered bridges

Road trip: searching for some of California’s historic covered bridges As an 11 or 12-year-old, I remember my dad saying, on weekend drives, “let’s see where this road takes us”. Off we would go in a 1950’s stationwagon down an unknown country road to reveal its intrigue. And, one of my early memories of his […]

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New York City; The ultimate people watching trip

Visit New York City; the city never sleeps, providing the ultimate people watching trip We had not been to New York City for several years; armed  with air miles and Marriott points we booked a laid-back one week vacation for our wedding anniversary. Planning the ultimate people watching trip, we decided to focus on Times […]

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California coastal road-trippin’ offers fall delights

Big Sur or North California coastal road-trippin’ offers fall delights Fall road-tripping along the California coast; weather is often beautiful, summer crowds are gone, the ocean, rugged coast and adventure beckons. Here are two suggested road-trips, one south, one north of San Joaquin County. Each includes a one-way drive of three-plus hours, so, best to […]

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San Francisco’s undiscovered gems, on the cheap

San Francisco’s undiscovered gems, on the cheap (best breakfasts, crookedist street, wave organ, and much more)… San Francisco, that grand city by the Bay, is not known as an inexpensive destination. With hotels and motels going for $300/night and up, parking almost non-existent and pricey restaurants on almost every corner – the question comes, can […]

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Road tripping: fall foliage, wine-tasting and Sierra scenery

Road tripping: fall foliage, wine-tasting and Sierra scenery with a side of history. Here’s a day-long road trip just outside of San Joaquin County for fall foliage viewing, several wine-tasting options, spectacular Sierra scenery and several segues into history. As to planning, if you really want to get serious about fall foliage exploration, consult one […]

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Winter majesty in Yosemite, Yellowstone, Glacier National Parks

Winter splendor in our national parks; Yosemite, Yellowstone, Glacier – the time to plan is now! Dreamt of touring your favorite national park in the dead of winter? Here are suggestions; the time to plan is now. We’ll start with nearby Yosemite, as well as the iconic parks of Yellowstone and Glacier. Yosemite, only 2 […]

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Tiny trailering; touring the west in a classic travel trailer

Tiny trailering; buying or rebuilding and touring the west in a classic travel trailer… We’ve been camping and touring the western states for almost 40 years, and touring the entire United States extensively in three classic travel trailers the last dozen years. Our early camping while spouse Susan and I both worked was a combination […]

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Maui; new experiences, and revisiting old haunts (for frequent visitors)

Maui; new experiences, revisiting old haunts for frequent visitors We’ve been to Maui 18 times in the last 19 years, as well as visited Kawai and Hawaii, the Big Island. Since we own a timeshare in Maui, we’ve done just about everything you can do on the island (with the exception of zip-lining and parasailing […]

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Lake Tahoe’s hidden gems along Highway 89 and the western shore

Find hidden gems along Highway 89 and Lake Tahoe’s western shore After the sampling the casinos and night life of South Lake Tahoe, head north on Highway 89 for some of the unsung delights hugging Tahoe’s west shore. Within a few miles, you’ll drive through historic Camp Richardson, with stately hotel, cabins, big campground, bikes, […]

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Flights of Fancy; the Aerospace Museum of California at old McClellan Air Force Base, Sacramento

Tour 40 planes at the Aerospace Museum of California, on the old McClellan Air Force Base, Sacramento Deep in the bowels of the old McClellan Air Force base in McClellan, CA (just north of Sacramento) stands a gleaming, new, 30,000 square-foot hanger featuring historic civilian and military planes, engines, flight simulators and a nifty NASA […]

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