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Gold Rush history lives on in ghost town gems along the Mother Lode, CA Hwy. 49

A replica of Sutter's Mill stands at the site of California's gold discovery in January, 1848.

Discovering ghost town gems along the Gold Rush Highway, CA Hwy. 49 Recent rains have cast our Sierra foothills in a verdant shade of green, perfect for exploring our state’s gold rush legacy. I always suggest starting in the place of gold’s discovery, just 80 miles northeast of Stockton, at the tiny town of Coloma [...]

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Wildflower blooms, wildlife and scenery in the California desert!

Wildflowers bloom in perfusion in february in northeastern part of Death Valley.

Death Valley, Joshua Tree National Parks offer wildflower blooms, wildlife and other-worldly scenery Tired of chilly mornings and frosty windshields? Use the late winter/spring to take a road trip to the California desert for wildflower blooms, exotic wildlife and stunning scenery. Our destination includes two stunning national parks, Death Valley and Joshua Tree, and several [...]

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Dodge Ridge re-opens on Friday, March 2; Bear Valley also celebrates big storm!

Family takes in the view in Boulder Canyon off Dodge Ridge's Chair 8.

Dodge Ridge re-opens for the season on Friday, March 2; Bear Valley also receives huge snow fall Dodge Ridge Ski Resort will reopen on Friday, March 2.  Wednesday evening delivered a significant storm with three feet of new snow expected by Friday evening. With this significant snowfall, Dodge Ridge will have a majority of terrain open with [...]

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Be cool; moving up from tent camping to a classic travel trailer

Thinking of moving up from tent camping to a classic travel trailer? Be cool with the classics! Last week, I shared thoughts about moving from tent camping to small, newer travel trailers. I offered that small trailers share special qualities; they’re easy to maneuver into tight campsites, easy to store and can be towed with [...]

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Tiny trailering; see the country in small, cozy travel trailer!

Friends Christine and Steve Lewis and dog Alice with their T@B trailer. Tiny trailering; see the country in small, cozy travel trailer! Our classic ’64 Serro Scotty in Yosemite; these other trailers are just a bit larger and heavier than our trailer. My spouse and I have spent the last 10 years or so crossing [...]

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On-line travel features in the Record offer a 300+ destinations and travel topics!

Catagories screen shot

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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Dog sled adventures; Pull power…traveling at the speed of dog!

Another team of sled dogs being hooked up to a second sled.

Adventures in a Montana dog sled; awesome pull power, traveling at the speed of dog! A year earlier, we’d seen the kennel truck, with dog sled strapped to the top, of Dog Sled Adventures parked in front of Whitefish Mountain Lodge, Whitefish, MT. Five friendly sled dogs poked their heads out of the side of [...]

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Yellowstone National Park in winter’s majesty

Venture into Yellowstone National Park for a huge display of winter’s majesty We just returned from our fifth visit to Yellowstone National Park in the winter; literally no crowds and abundant wildlife in a park blanketed by winter’s majesty. It’s almost the opposite of summer, when huge crowds frighten many of the wildlife into the back country [...]

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Valentine’s Day destinations close to home!

The historic Murphys Hotel, always a gold rush favorite!

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with these classy destinations close to home! Valentine’s Day is just around the corner – if you’re seeking adventuresome and romantic destinations in northern California here are several recommendations from my wife, several friends and me, both locally and further afield. With the holiday falling this year on a Wednesday, you can celebrate [...]

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Dodge Ridge opens for the 2017/18 season on Saturday, January 27, 2018

Dodge Ridge's slopes are groomed and ready for skiers and boarders.

9” of new snowfall gets the season underway on lower mountain lifts and terrain; Dodge Ridge opens on Saturday, January 27, 2018 Pinecrest, Calif. – Jan. 26, 2018  – The ski and ride season is underway at Dodge Ridge following the recent  snowfall which delivered 9 inches. Chairs 1, 2 and 6 along with the rope [...]

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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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