Author Archives: Tim Viall

Fort Ord National Monument and Elkhorn Slough add excitement to Monterey visit!

Monterey offers treasure trove of adventure destinations, with Fort Ord backcountry and Elkhorn Slough! Headed to the Monterey area? Hikers, bicyclists, mountain bikers, kayakers or campers will find two adventure destinations within 2.5 hours of San Joaquin County, in Fort Ord National Monument and Elkhorn Slough, each adjacent to Monterey, CA. Fort Ord National Monument […]

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Mother’s Day adventures close to home!

Build a local or regional adventure outing for Mother’s Day… Mother’s Day is just around the corner – if you’re seeking adventuresome and scenic destinations in northern California here are several recommendations from my spouse, several friends and me, both local and further afield. If you are seeking fine dining and adventure in San Joaquin […]

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Bicycling in your county and Sierra foothills; and take in the Sea Otter Classic!

Stockton Bike Club members at start of February’s Pedaling Paths to Independence ride. LSD (long, slow distance) riders head north on Thornton Road. Cross country cyclists in Ft. Ord National Monument backcountry, part of the Sea Otter Classic. SJBC riders stop at Consumnes River Farms, Thornton, to sample olive oil. Thousands of consumers course through […]

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California wildflowers and Gold Rush history; start with gold’s discovery along American River

Towering Foresthill Bridge passes 730 feet over the North Fork, American River, just outside Auburn. The historic Slate Mountain Mine stamp mill, used to crush quartz rock for its gold content, stands on edge of downtown Georgetown, CA. Docents Terry and Gayle Gay are ready to share Gold Rush lore in Marshall Gold Discovery State […]

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Tent and car campers; moving up to small trailer camping!

The “after” photo of our 64 Scotty Sportsman; two years of on-again, off-again work to rebuild from the frame up. A “before” photo of our 64 Scotty Sportsman, after the aluminum skins were removed; extensive dryrot, from leaking roof seams, made this little trailer a BIG project. Word to the wise when shopping vintage trailers, […]

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A guide to Yosemite and Hetch Hetchy in late winter and spring!

Yosemite Falls thunders into a sunny, blue-bird day. Snowshoers head for a scenic outing to Dewey Point (photo courtesy Andria Hernandez). Icicles hang precariously off the Majestic Yosemite Hotel. Majestic Yosemite Hotel, with snowy Glacier Point Overlook towering 3,000 feet above. Cross-country skiers near Glacier Point (photo courtesy National Park Service). Horsetail Falls peers out […]

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California Auto Museum with vintage, classic cars galore is unsung Sacramento gem!

Depression-era display features, from right, 1931 Ford Model A Roadster next to a sleek 1935 Chrysler Airflow. 1960 Nash Metropolitan and 1966 Ford Shelby Cobra compete for attention! Docent Steve Helmke offers insights to Tom Wilson, Ralph Womack, Mansoor Soleimani and Gary Pierce of Stockton and Woodbridge. 1933 Lincoln KB Sedan was personal auto of […]

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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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