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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!

Travel in the age of pandemics; look local!

Look for local options for travel in the age of pandemics… I was reminded of the challenge of travel in today’s skittish national psyche, when several  things occurred this week. I called Marriott, to shift our Newport Beach time share by one day in late April, from Saturday to a Sunday start. My Marriott rep […]

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“Reel Cars: the importance of cars in film making” recently opened at the California Auto Museum

Cars of movies and television on display at the California Auto Museum! Automobiles have long been a huge part of motion pictures and, more recently, television. As autos became a daily part of American life since the early 1900s, it’s no surprise they’ve taken such a huge role in television and movies. They often take […]

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Exploring the Great Northern Railroad and Glacier National Park

Great Northern Railroad and Glacier National Park; exciting winter exploration! I’ve long been a railroad buff, from the days in the 1950s when my late Uncle Bill used to take my cousin Bill Jr. and me down to the railroad tracks in Akron, Ohio to see the last of the steam engines come chugging into […]

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New exhibit, “San Joaquin Votes: Exercise Your Right!” offers perfect time to visit San Joaquin Historical Museum

“San Joaquin Votes: Exercise Your Right!” makes for perfect time to visit San Joaquin Historical Museum… This year is a big year for local and national politics. Not only is the primary on March 3rd and the general election November 3rd, but it is also the centennial celebration of the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment, […]

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Valentine’s Day options in Stockton and N. California

Creative, romantic Valentine’s Day options in Stockton and N. California Valentine’s Day fast approaches – here are suggestions for those seeking adventuresome and romantic destinations in northern California, from several friends, my spouse and me, both locally and further afield. The “day” this year falls on a Friday, so book early or be sorry! For those […]

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Explore your hometown first, when planning future travels!

Don’t overlook your hometown when planning future travels! In our first years in California, we lived three years in San Mateo and three more in Sacramento, then moved back to my home state of Ohio. Imagine our chagrin when we realized we had not gotten to Yosemite National Park! We vowed to be better at […]

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Adventures in the New Year; save money, extend your travel plans

Save money, get creative and extend your travel plans in 2020 For most, the start of a New Year is a time to reflect, and to plan special travel destinations for the coming year. Have you set your travel goals and plotted when and where you hope to go? Have you yet begun your new […]

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Updating your Western States travel plans for 2020

Plot and calendar your Western States travel plans for new year… It’s the start of a new year, and time to consider where your western states travels might take you in 2020. Last week, we offered ideas for California; this week, let’s look at travel targets in the west from several vantage points. We’ll consider […]

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Updating your California travel plans for 2020

Updating your California travel bucket list for 2020 It’s year-end, and time to consider where your travels will take you in 2020. Let’s look at California from several vantage points. How about travels for outdoors enthusiasts? With nine national parks and 280 state parks, California is, arguably, the most scenic state in the nation; certainly, […]

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Monterey; history and majesty for wintertime exploration

Monterey offers history, ocean majesty for wintertime exploration In recent years we’ve been up and down the California coast from Santa Cruz to the far end of Big Sur, but had not spent any serious time in Monterey. Last week we changed that, with a three day visit. Here, Monterey Bay is the star, with […]

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