Author Archives: Tim Viall

Hwy. 4, Calaveras Big Trees, Bear Valley and Lake Alpine offer a world apart!

New Glamping tents, with a stunning view into Mokelumne River Canyon, are new at Bear Valley Resort this summer.

Murphys, Calaveras Big Trees, Bear Valley and Lake Alpine – all on Hwy. 4 – offer a world apart! Last week, I shared our favorite summer destinations on the Hwy. 108 corridor above Sonora; this week we offer recommendations for fun along Hwy. 4, from Murphys east to Calaveras Big Trees State Park, Bear Valley [...]

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Emergencies when “on the road”; seeking your input!

What a disassembled Escape transmission looks like on a shop table (Ford Motors required the dealer to tear it apart, to determine if "fixable" or needing "total replacement", which added 3-4 days in the process. Ughh.

Dealing with emergencies when “on the road”; seeking your personal horror stories… I am seeking your insight into emergencies you might have suffered “on the road”; and I’ll make these into a future article in the Record’s travel pages. So, what is your experience?  Have you had auto emergencies, trouble with passports/visas, medical emergencies, or [...]

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The high Sierra’s Hwy. 108, pathway to summer fun; from Twain Harte to Pinecrest/Dodge Ridge, something for everyone!

Author's grandkids Jessica, Jack and Hunter make the hike around the Pinecrest Lake Loop Trail.

Adventure for everyone; the high Sierra’s Hwy. 108, pathway to summer fun; from Twain Harte to Pinecrest/Dodge Ridge! Seeking a cool oasis from the heat of the valley, where you, kids or grandkids can hike and fish or curl up with a book amidst stunning vistas? Plan a multi-day trip to the high Sierra and [...]

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Saguaro National Park, Petrified Forest National Park bring Arizona desert to life

Prickly pear blossoms are stunning, up close!

Arizona desert comes to life at Saguaro National Park and Petrified Forest National Park! We had the opportunity to do a 10-day housesitting gig in North Tucson (through the Affordable Travel Club) and used the trip to visit several old and new national parks and Native American sites. On the way to Tucson, we spent two [...]

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Exploring the High Sierra and Nevada while discovering a stunning national park you never heard of…

Relief Reservoir is a brisk 2.5 mile hike above Kennedy Meadows Resort in the Sierra.

Beat the Valley heat; exploring the High Sierra and Nevada while discovering a stunning national park you never heard of along America’s “loneliest road”… We’re headed for a hot summer in the San Joaquin Valley. If you’re looking for a way to beat the heat, find cool, scenic and high-mountain camping, as well as discover [...]

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Emergencies on the road; preventing them, dealing with them, enjoying them…?

Our 2013 Ford Escape on repair rack in Whitefish, MT.

Those pesky emergencies on the road; preventing them, dealing with them; perhaps enjoying them? Since we both retired a little more than four years ago, my wife and I have traveled across the US and Canada (three times), multiple short to mid-range trips throughout the west (logging about 100,000 auto miles), vacationed in Hawaii four [...]

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On-line travel features in the Record offer a huge variety of destinations and travel topics!

You'll find this portion of my blog in upper right hand area of the blog home page.

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, approaching 300 articles, which can be selected by “Category” (various portions of the USA and Canada)? Hence, you can go to the Stockton Record’s blog site, choose ‘Valley [...]

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Exploring your town from the seat of a bicycle; cycling in Stockton and San Joaquin County.

A group of riders from the 2015 Best Ride Ever takes a shady break.

Cycling in Stockton and San Joaquin County; exploring your town from the seat of a bicycle… Summer is almost upon us and, like me, I suspect many of you are thinking of becoming more active and dropping a few pounds. Let’s make this summer your time to increase your physical activity and add the fun [...]

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Seeking your favorite vacation places! Or, would you like a travel speaker?

A Haleakola sunrise on Maui, one of our favorite places on earth!

Seeking your favorite vacation places! Or, would you like a travel speaker? For a future travel feature, we’re seeking your favorite destinations within an hour or two of STOCKTON for close-to-home long-weekends or vacations. Send me your destination, why you like it, and if you have a favorite picture, attach that as well. We will [...]

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Road tripping; touring historic Route 66 in bite-size pieces…old highway celebrates 90th birthday!

The Foothills Drive-in Theater sign is all the remains of the iconic drive-in theater in Azuza, CA that fronted on Rt. 66; the sign is now part of Azuza Pacific University.

Road tripping; touring historic Route 66 in bite-size pieces… The fabled ‘Mother Road’ turns 90 this year! I was first exposed to Route 66 in the summer of 1962, when my mother packed me and my two brothers in the back of a Ford station wagon, towing a Nimrod tent trailer, and set off from [...]

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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 ... Read Full
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