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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!

Jaw-dropping Chihuly Garden and Glass anchors the Seattle Center; Space Needle, MoPOP nearby!

This colorful art installation towers over visitors in one of the galleries.

Chihuly Garden and Glass anchors the Seattle Center; home to Space Needle, MoPOP, Monorail near downtown Seattle Imagine, a life-size Glass Forest with ghostly blue and pink light glowing from the trunks. Picture a Sealife Tower, 15 feet tall exuding iridescent primary colors emulating the sea floor and Puget Sound. Turn into another gallery and [...]

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LaConner and Skagit River Valley; waterfront, seafood and spectacular colors of daffodils and tulips!

Daffodils in spring bloom frame an old barn (photo courtesy Pam Headridge).

Prior to our departure to the Seattle area, the majority of our Seattle friends all told us “you must visit the LaConner/Skagit Valley area to see the daffodils and tulip fields”. The Skagit River area was settled thousands of years ago by the Swinomish tribe on the banks of the river; along the west side [...]

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Seattle; north of Lake Union and the Ship Canal; University District, Fremont, Ballard are heart of waterfront, food, drink and Seattle vibe!

Houseboats line eastern side of Lake Union, where scenes of the 1993 hit movie Sleepless in Seattle were filmed.

Water, boats, views, history, tasty dining and lots of tourist destinations; it’s Seattle just north of Lake Union and the Ship Canal! We’re spending five weeks in Seattle, house-sitting a home in Edmonds, 18 miles north of Seattle. It’s our time to explore new options in the greater Seattle area and the Pacific Northwest. Despite [...]

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Tiny touring; seeing the USA with a small, comfy travel trailer!

A classic Airstream Caravelle, with retro tow vehicle.

Touring in a tiny trailer; seeing the USA with a small, comfy travel trailer… Last summer, Susan and I spent nine weeks crossing Canada on the Trans-Canada Highway to their Maritime Provinces, turned south down the New England coast to Maryland and headed back across the USA on historic Highway 50. We toured with a [...]

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Classic car buff? Visit the Vintage Reserve Garage in Lodi, CA!

Sleek '37 Chrysler Airflow on display

If you are a car buff, or have kids/grandkids moving in that direction, stop in and tour the Vintage Reserve Garage, 121 S. Cherokee Ln. in Lodi. Owner Mark Lange welcomes visitors to drool over his vehicles, for sale or on consignment. The building was built in 1947 as a Studebaker/Packard dealership. Currently in stock, [...]

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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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