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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!

Stockton Restaurant Week offers great opportunity to explore locally!

Couple a dining stop with a visit to the downtown Stockton Children's Museum!

Couple a dining stop with a visit to the downtown Stockton Children’s Museum! Bud’s Seafood in Lincoln Center is always a Restaurant Week favorite! Use Restaurant Week to do local tourism, such as a visit to the always changing Haggin Museum in Victory Park. America Waffles presents American standards. Several restaurants along Stockton’s historic Miracle [...]

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Two people, 63 days, 12,000 miles, nine Canadian provinces, 23 states, just $4400!

Peggy's Cove on the Nova Scotia coast, simply stunning. However, a big tourist draw; be prepared to share the road to this pretty place!

RCMP officer Walsh was delighted to share insights as to Canada’s Ottawa Parliament, and best place for Premier Trudeau sightings! Peggy’s Cove on the Nova Scotia coast, simply stunning. However, a big tourist draw; be prepared to share the road to this pretty place! Cherrystone Clam Linguini, locally sourced, made by Susan at our Acadia [...]

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Must-do trips in the western United States for 2019

Seattle's Space Needle stands watch over Elliott Bay (view from Kerry Park on Queen Anne Hill).

Landscape Arch, with author and spouse Susan, spans over 300 feet in Arches National Park. It is one of 2,000 arches throughout the park! Cedar Breaks National Monument offers views of its eerie hoodoos without the crowds that jam nearby national parks. Grand Coulee Dam (with our Scotty trailer) was the world’s largest concrete project [...]

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Bucket list suggestions for your 2019 California travels

Wildflowers surround an old windmill near the entrance to Carrizo Plain National Momument, just a few hours south on Interstate 5 from San Joaquin County.

Back road’s discovery; Cosumnes River Preserve just north of Thornton and Lodi. Atlas Obscura is a fine guide to weird and wacky treasures both in California and much beyond. Wildflowers surround an old windmill near the entrance to Carrizo Plain National Monument, just a few hours south on Interstate 5 from San Joaquin County. Discover [...]

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New Year travel plans for the frequent but frugal traveler

Visitors ogle Half Dome from Yosemite's Glacier Point. Yosemite makes a great place for a mini-vacation if you live in northern or central California!

The Marchants of Baynes Lake, British Columbia, Canada, were our first Affordable Travel Club hosts a few summers ago. Close-to-home mini-vacations, like exploring Rose Hill Cemetary in Black Diamond Mines Regional Park in the East Bay area of CA. The cemetery is final resting place of over 100 miners and their families from CA’s coal [...]

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California’s Riviera: where the endless summer lives on…

San Clemente Pier, home to surfers and Fisherman's Restaurant!

Balboa Island Ferry connects with a short hop to Balboa Peninsula. The brig Pilgrim lies at anchor in the Dana Point Boat Harbor. San Clemente Pier, home to surfers and Fisherman’s Restaurant! Visit California’s Riviera, where the endless summer lives on… Continuing on our quest to find nearby warm weather destinations for touring, camping and [...]

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California dreamin’… warm weather touring in Death Valley, Anza Borrego

Bighorn sheep, high above Anzo Borrego SP.

Harmony Borax Works old water tanker and borax wagons in Death Valley. The old Rhyolite railroad station stands sentinel over this large ghost town. Sand dunes and knarly trees grace a portion of Death Valley National Park. Bighorn sheep, high above Anzo Borrego SP. Spindly Ocotillo plant in bloom, following light rain. California Fan Palm [...]

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Dodge Ridge, Tuolumne County prepare for coming winter!

Skier enjoys deep powder in the Sonora Glades of Dodge Ridge Resort Family enjoys a groomed run with spectacular view in Boulder Creek Canyon. Kids pan for gold, including grandson Hunter Blomgren (center), at Columbia State Historic Park The old roundhouse and turntable at Railtown 1897 State Historic Park Engine #3 from the Railtown 1897 [...]

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Yosemite National Park and Lake Tahoe; winter touring in Northern California

Vernal Falls in Yosemite, taken last January; again, no snow in a drought year.

Cross country skiers on road to Glacier Park, usually snowed in from December to March (photo courtesy National Park Service). Our Scotty in front of Yosemite Falls last January; note, no snow in the valley. The Truckee Hotel is just north of Squaw Valley; and provides overnight accomodations. Rangers lead a snowshoe tour along Lake [...]

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Our national parks in dead of winter; a once-in-a-lifetime must-do!

Old Faithful Geyser thunders into a winter sky at dusk; with three visitors to watch and one lone coyote.

Trumpeter Swans in Yellowstone’s Firehole River near Old Faithful area. Buffalo and calf, Midway Geyser Basin, Yellowstone Park. Lake McDonald Lodge, closed in winter, marks end of the Going to Sun Highway. Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park, taken from Going to the Sun Highway. Spend the night in a caboose at the Issac Walton [...]

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