Author Archives: Tim Viall

Dodge Ridge, Bear Valley prep for an unusual ski season

Bear Valley, Dodge Ridge ready for an unusual ski season… With winter storms soon to blanket the central Sierra, the two closest resorts to San Joaquin County are gearing up for another snowy season. Both Bear Valley and Dodge Ridge ski resorts note they are operating in strange territory, with county-by-county Covid19 strictures governing many […]

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Museums reopening in Stockton and Capital region

Safely visit museums as they reopen in Stockton and nearby towns… We’ve been sheltering at home, mostly, for seven months, many of us working from home, retirees remaining home-bound – but many of our favorite places are beginning to carefully reopen. I’m talking about museums and visitor attractions in San Joaquin and Sacramento counties. Openings […]

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Pandemic getaway to Breckenridge and central Colorado

Take a pandemic break to Breckenridge and central Colorado… As the coronavirus pandemic continued and the West Coastwas enveloped in a grey, smoky haze from wildfires threatening multiple states,our cabin fever mounted and Interval International’s hundreds of “last minutegetaways” for greatly discounted prices struck us a travel opportunity. We homed in on Colorado, thinking to […]

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Western US travel in pandemic times

Traveling safely the western US in COVID19 times… Months ago, as coronavirus pandemic unfolded and worldwide deaths mounted, we realized that our planned timeshare trips to Maui and Newport Beach, CA were not well-timed, so we joined and deposited our weeks in Interval international. As both our cabin fever mounted and California was enveloped by […]

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Lassen Volcanic National Park in the age of pandemics

Touring Lassen Volcanic National Park in late summer… Boiling hot springs, steaming fumaroles, sulfuric mud pots, multiple volcanic peaks – fire and ice. Like a small version of Yellowstone National Park, Lassen Volcanic National Park happily lies only 3 1/2 hours from San Joaquin County. One of nine national parks in our state, it’s both […]

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Record website allows access to hundreds of travel articles!

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, well over 300 articles, which can be selected by “Category” (various portions of the USA and Canada, Europe and beyond)? Hence, you can go to the Stockton Record’s […]

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Road trip; Calavaras County, Murphys, Big Trees, Bear Valley, Lake Alpine!

Come explore: Calavaras County, Murphys, Big Trees, Bear Valley, Lake Alpine! Resorts packed with family activities, towns awash in gold rush history, towering redwood trees, high Sierra lakes and…glamping tents… all along Highway 4 bisecting nearby Calaveras County. Take a break from the valley heat and our forest fire smoke-laden skies with a road trip […]

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Exploring in your own back yard…

In this brave new world we live in, it’s the perfect time to explore, literally, in your own backyard. Admire the plants and fauna that you find in your yard, from native plants, plants you’ve selected/planted, and native populations of bees, birds, butterflies and more. Take your morning coffee outdoors, and admire the excitement of […]

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Notes from the road in the age of COVID19

How to travel safely in the age of COVID19… We are now nearing end of month five of the COVID pandemic impact upon our lives. After a few nearby road trips, we are planning an upcoming six day camping trip to California’s north state, with a several night stop in Lassen Volcanic National Park. My […]

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Route 66; road tripping with history and panache!

Road trip on Route 66; find history and mystery! “Get your kicks on Route 66”, goes the popular song from 1946 by Bobby Troup. My first exposure to Route 66 occurred summer of 1962, when my mother packed my two brothers and me in the back of a Ford station wagon towing a Nimrod tent […]

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