Author Archives: Tim Viall

Whitefish, MT, is winter hub for skiing, dog sledding and Glacier National Park

Whitefish Mountain towers over old Great Northern Raliway bus, beside the Stumptown Museum, downtown Whitefish. Group of Spokane, WA skiers prepares to hit slopes of Whitefish Mountain Resort. Dog Sled Adventures (Olney, MT) heads out with two tourists for a 1.5 hour sled tour of Montana forests. Bison cross the Lamar River, Lamar Valley, just […]

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Glacier, Yellowstone National Parks in winter splendor!

Going to the Sun Highway, closed in winter but for snowshoers and cross-country skiers, at Lake McDonald Lodge inside Glacier Park; Logan Pass just 21 miles ahead! Lake McDonald, Glacier National Park, looking northeast from Going to the Sun Highway. Bighorn sheep ram poses for photo in Gardiner, Montana, just north of the park entrance. […]

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Road tripping; historic Route 66 through Arizona, California

The Hi-Line Motel in Ash Fork, AZ, once prospered but closed when I-40 skirted the small town. An abandoned truck stop in Ash Fork, AZ, is within viewing distance of I-40, which bypassed it in the 80s. The Canyon Club in Williams serves Mexican food and drinks a’plenty. Author’s spouse Susan “standing on the corner […]

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Road tripping; touring historic Route 66 through New Mexico and Arizona

The old El Vada Motel, west Albuquerque, has been repurposed into shops and eateries. Historic KiMo Theatre, circa 1927, at dawn, Albuquerque’s Central Avenue. Route 66 memorabilia lines an old building next to the 66 Diner in Albuquerque. Old 1932 Studebaker marks roadbed of old Route 66 through Petrified Forest National Park. Author and spouse […]

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Albuquerque is the place (despite record snow, cold) for beauty, history and nostalgia!

San Felipe de Neri Church, dating back to 1706, anchors the Plaza in Old Town Albuquerque. Petroglyph National Monument lies on Albuquerque’s west side; though closed for the government shutdown, you could walk into the hallowed grounds. The El Don Motel is one of several score old motels that date to Route 66’s heydey in […]

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Stockton Restaurant Week offers great opportunity to explore locally!

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!

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

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

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

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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