Author Archives: Tim Viall

St. George, Utah, base camp to Utah state, national parks and outdoor adventure!

Jenny's Canyon is the reward for a short hike in Snow Canyon State Park, UT.

Top, Washington County Courthouse in St. George dates to the 1860s; bottom, red rocks are a staple of a tour through Snow Canyon State Park. Jenny’s Canyon is the reward for a short hike in Snow Canyon State Park, UT. Brigham Young’s winter home, in the 1870s, in St. George, UT. Make St. George, Utah, [...]

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Exploring Stockton and San Joaquin County with out-of-town guests!

Sunset, with Mt. Diablo in distance, graces the outdoor dining deck at Garlic Brothers Restaurant in north Stockton.

  Giant wind-art adorns the Joan Darrah Promenade behind the Stockton Ports Ballpark on the Stockton Deepwater Channel. A tour group admires the Fox California/Bob Hope Theatre, circa 1930, in downtown Stockton. The Haggin Museum graces Victory Park and features huge art collection as well as Native American and pioneer Stockton history exhibits. Exploring Stockton [...]

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Frugal travel across the US, Canada, the world: Affordable Travel Club and Evergreen Club

The Elk River and Canadian Rockies were just north and east of the Marchant's home in British Columbia.

David and Nancy Marchant, of Baynes Lake, British Columbia, were our first Affordable Travel Club hosts. Judy and Ward Lowrance, who introduced us to the Affordable Travel Club and invited us to split a house-sitting assignment in Seattle. A natural bridge slowly forms in Zion National Park, our destination in a week or so! Frugal [...]

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Pedaling the American River Bike Trail and rides in your hometown!

Rider heads east past Hagen Park on the American River Bike Trail, with river on right side of photo.

Friends help Rich Fowler ride 75 miles on his birthday on the American River Trail. Performance Bike Saturday morning rider group gathers outside the store prior to their ride in north Stockton. Shadow rider on Weston Ranch bike trail (Matt Beckwith photo). Full moon riders gather on a balmy evening in downtown Stockton. Long, Slow [...]

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High Sierra adventure; Hwy. 108, Sonora to Sonora Pass offers fun and adventure!

Pinecrest Lake, at almost 5,700 feet, attracts crowds of both swimmers and fishermen to its clear, cold waters.

Pinecrest Lake, at almost 5,700 feet, attracts crowds of both swimmers and fishermen to its clear, cold waters. Relief Reservoir shines its azure blue waters about 2.5 miles up the trail from Kennedy Meadows Resort. The high Sierra, looking northeast from Sonora Pass; great hiking from this vantage point! Horsemen and pack animals from Kennedy [...]

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Golden 1 Center enhances dining and nightlife in downtown Sacramento!

Crowd of Sacramentans streams towards the Golden 1 Center, passing the Sauced Restaurant.

Public art surrounds sidewalks around the Golden 1 Center. Crowd of Sacramentans streams towards the Golden 1 Center, passing the Sauced Restaurant. The Pilothouse Restaurant is located onboard the old Delta King Riverboat in Old Sacramento. The new Sophia offers theater-goers an intimate setting in Midtown area. Sacramento’s Golden 1 Center brings growing downtown dining [...]

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Trailerfest offers you tour of several hundred vintage travel trailers

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Trailerfest continues tomorrow and Sunday at Tower Park Marina, just west of Lodi on Highway 12. Tour through several hundred vintage camper trailers, with open house for the public on Saturday from 10 AM to 2 PM. It’s your chance to view classic travel trailers, talk to the owners about buying or rehabbing an old [...]

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California’s national historic districts and monuments make the state special!

Pt. Reyes Lighthouse bathed in sunlight on a windy day.

Old Fort Point, tucked under the south end of the Golden Gate Bridge.The Balclutha, left, and Eppleton Hall at Hyde Street Pier. Mountain biker charges down a Ft. Ord singletrack trail. Ft. Ord wildflowers come in many hues on the old army base. Old windmill offers contrast from Carrizo Plain NM wildflowers. Explore some of [...]

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Pick Six: Top national parks in California and surrounding states

Yosemite Falls thunders, with our '64 Scotty trailer in foreground.

Yosemite Falls thunders, with our ’64 Scotty trailer in foreground. Couple admires Grand Canyon from rim near Moran Point Our top six picks: The top national parks in California and surrounding states This week is National Parks Week, with admission to all national parks and monuments FREE through the 29th! Californians are blessed by close [...]

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Local travel; explore your history and what makes the city great!

Huge harvester, a wonder of wood and iron, was pulled by a 20-horse team in Valley fields.

Kids exercise their artistic talents at the Haggin. The Leyendecker Gallery is a popular art exhibit. This classic Stevens wooden runabout helps the museum tell Stockton’s story as a boat-building center over the last 170 years. The Yokets Village is part of the museum’s Native American gallery. Huge harvester, a wonder of wood and iron, [...]

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    Tim Viall

    Viall is a local travel writer who retired in 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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