Category Archives: Central California

Family-friendly vacation destinations…planning that perfect get-away!

Pt. Arena Lighthouse on N. California coast can act as key attraction for a family get-together in this scenic area!

Family-friendly vacation destinations… use the holidays to plot and plan a family vacation for 2018! With the approaching holidays, families have the opportunity to discuss and plan a family vacation for the coming year. Over a recent birthday celebration our family discussed the idea of a family retreat sometime in spring or summer, 2018. Around [...]

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Yosemite National Park offers quiet solitude after summer crowds depart!

Half Dome towers in distance as small crowd at Glacier Point gazes in awe.

With summer crowds long gone, Yosemite National Park offers quiet solitude in November… We are spending three days and nights in Yosemite Valley in our reconstructed ‘64 Scotty camping trailer. With forecasted sunny weather predicted for our three days, and no rain or snow descending on the afternoon until the day of our departure, the [...]

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So, you want to own a classic travel trailer?

Our rebuilt, newly painted Scotty after several years languishing in our garage.

So, you want to get a classic travel trailer? Challenges on the way to a successful rebuild… Owners of classic travel trailers, when asked “why?”, give these answers. “We wanted a small trailer easy to store, tow and that offers good gas mileage”. “We aged out of tent camping and wanted more comfort”. “We’ve seen [...]

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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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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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