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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!

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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California coastal road trip; Bodega Bay, the Russian River and north to Mendocino

Take a California coastal road trip; Bodega Bay north to Mendocino… Spectacular Pacific coast scenery, thousands of shorebirds, sea lions, quaint towns and fine food – just three hours from San Joaquin County! With a most scenic stretch of California coastline and fall the best time of the year to visit, the coast from Bodega […]

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Dodge Ridge, Bear Valley prep for an unusual ski season

Bear Valley, Dodge Ridge ready for an unusual ski season… With winter storms soon to blanket the central Sierra, the two closest resorts to San Joaquin County are gearing up for another snowy season. Both Bear Valley and Dodge Ridge ski resorts note they are operating in strange territory, with county-by-county Covid19 strictures governing many […]

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Museums reopening in Stockton and Capital region

Safely visit museums as they reopen in Stockton and nearby towns… We’ve been sheltering at home, mostly, for seven months, many of us working from home, retirees remaining home-bound – but many of our favorite places are beginning to carefully reopen. I’m talking about museums and visitor attractions in San Joaquin and Sacramento counties. Openings […]

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Pandemic getaway to Breckenridge and central Colorado

Take a pandemic break to Breckenridge and central Colorado… As the coronavirus pandemic continued and the West Coastwas enveloped in a grey, smoky haze from wildfires threatening multiple states,our cabin fever mounted and Interval International’s hundreds of “last minutegetaways” for greatly discounted prices struck us a travel opportunity. We homed in on Colorado, thinking to […]

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Western US travel in pandemic times

Traveling safely the western US in COVID19 times… Months ago, as coronavirus pandemic unfolded and worldwide deaths mounted, we realized that our planned timeshare trips to Maui and Newport Beach, CA were not well-timed, so we joined and deposited our weeks in Interval international. As both our cabin fever mounted and California was enveloped by […]

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Lassen Volcanic National Park in the age of pandemics

Touring Lassen Volcanic National Park in late summer… Boiling hot springs, steaming fumaroles, sulfuric mud pots, multiple volcanic peaks – fire and ice. Like a small version of Yellowstone National Park, Lassen Volcanic National Park happily lies only 3 1/2 hours from San Joaquin County. One of nine national parks in our state, it’s both […]

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Record website allows access to hundreds of travel articles!

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, well over 300 articles, which can be selected by “Category” (various portions of the USA and Canada, Europe and beyond)? Hence, you can go to the Stockton Record’s […]

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Road trip; Calavaras County, Murphys, Big Trees, Bear Valley, Lake Alpine!

Come explore: Calavaras County, Murphys, Big Trees, Bear Valley, Lake Alpine! Resorts packed with family activities, towns awash in gold rush history, towering redwood trees, high Sierra lakes and…glamping tents… all along Highway 4 bisecting nearby Calaveras County. Take a break from the valley heat and our forest fire smoke-laden skies with a road trip […]

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Exploring in your own back yard…

In this brave new world we live in, it’s the perfect time to explore, literally, in your own backyard. Admire the plants and fauna that you find in your yard, from native plants, plants you’ve selected/planted, and native populations of bees, birds, butterflies and more. Take your morning coffee outdoors, and admire the excitement of […]

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