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Fall camping in northern California; also a good time for camper buying!

A new T@B trailer, owned by our Sacramento friends, is a lovely small to mid-size trailer with a popular retro look.

Fall camping in northern California; it’s also a great time for camper buying! Whether you’re a fan of tent camping, small trailer, larger trailer or motorhome camping, some of the nicest weeks of the camping season lie ahead. We’re blessed, living in Central/Northern California, to have wonderful options within a few hours in any of [...]

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Local travel; Walking or running gets you close to the action and scenery!

Sundance Run Club walkers and runners at Saturday Fun Run event at Grupe Park.

Walking or running gets you close to the action and scenery; travel locally and burn calories! With fall’s sunny days, mild evenings, cool mornings and only seven weeks to Thanksgiving, what better time to get out and see your community, burn a few calories and drop a couple pounds before the holidays? With changing fall [...]

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Free 4-Star lodging in the west’s most scenic places! Only a modest hitch…

Seattle, with Space Needle and Elliot Bay, viewed from Kerry Park on Queen Anne Hill near our Seattle house-sitting assignment.

Free 4-Star lodging in the west’s most scenic places! And, your assignment has only a modest hitch… Would you travel more frequently if you received free 4-Star lodging in beautiful places? How about two weeks in a lovely condo on Seattle’s Queen Anne Hill? Or a month in Edmonds, just north of Seattle with views of Puget [...]

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Fall foothills splendor, or Northern California coast majesty?

Wells Fargo stagecoach charges down Main Street in historic Sutter Creek.

With fine fall weather, head for Sierra foothills splendor, or Northern California coast majesty! With October, even November, offering beautiful weather, here are two favorite destinations for fall touring. Sutter Creek and the Shenandoah Valley, just 50-60 miles from STOCKTON, offers the best of gold rush history in a quaint, compact 10 block downtown chock a [...]

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Hawaii, the Big (and rocky) Island

A five day visit to Hawaii, the Big (and rocky) Island… We have only five days on this huge island; on our first day we head south from Kona, targeting old Ka Lae (meaning “the point”), at 19° north of the equator, the southernmost point of both Hawaii and all 50 states. It’s the place [...]

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Kauai, the Garden Isle; memories of a first time visit

Kilauea Lighthouse on Kauai's rugged northwest shore.

Kauai, the Garden Isle; what first time visitors can cram into a week! We’ve been coming to Maui every year since 2001; but for an R&R visit from Vietnam in 1971 to Oahu, we had never been to the other Hawaiian islands. So, after hearing inspiration from other fellow travelers about both Kauai and the [...]

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7 must dos upon visiting Maui…

Surfer tackles big wave south of La Perouse Bay on Maui's southwest shore.

These are the seven must dos upon visiting Maui… Mark Twain called Hawaii “the loveliest fleet of islands that lies anchored in any ocean”. Maui, second most visited of the islands (trailing only Oahu), is one of the most beautiful and the one we know best from 16 visits there in the last 17 years. [...]

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The eastern Sierra; Mono lake, Bodie, Mammoth Lakes region

Lake Mary, above the town of Mammoth Lakes at 9000 feet.

Exciting fall destination: the eastern Sierra; Mono lake, Bodie, Mammoth Lakes region… We are bound for the Eastern Sierra, after spending several days in Yosemite Park’s Tuolumne Meadows area, then cresting mighty Tioga Pass. It’s a steep descent from the pass into Lee Vining, at the intersection of Hwy. 120 and 395. If you haven’t [...]

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Exploring Yosemite’s Tuolumne Meadows, bound for the Eastern Sierra’s Mammoth Lakes (part 1 of 2 parts)

Half Dome viewed from Olmstead Point on the Tioga Road, Yosemite Park.

Exploring Yosemite’s scenic Tuolumne Meadows, bound for the Eastern Sierra’s Mammoth Lakes Late summer and early fall are the perfect time to visit Yosemite National Park’s high country, and continue over the Eastern Sierra to Mammoth Lakes. Along the way you’ll see an entirely other side of Yosemite, and have the option to visit Mono [...]

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Dining like royalty without raiding the treasury!

Happy hour at Five Palms, Wailea; sushi, coconut shrimp, two drinks, about $27.

Fine but frugal dining – dining like royalty without breaking the treasury… Over the last four-plus years, Susan and I have traveled extensively across the US three times, the TransCan Highway across Canada to the Maritime Provinces and frequently throughout the US western states and Canadian provinces. Along with two two-week cruises on the rivers [...]

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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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