Category Archives: Northern California

San Joaquin/Sacramento River Delta exploration; the Delta Meadows Trail

River Delta exploration; the Delta Meadows Trail near Locke and Walnut Grove, CA… Another travel column as Covid19 bears down on the San Joaquin Valley and Sacramento Capital Region area in California. My task in the new year is to offer thoughtful, safe choices to sate one’s travel desires as we await vaccines and a […]

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Pandemic travels close to San Joaquin County…careful travel by automobile

Find lovely pandemic travel destinations close to San Joaquin County… I am writing on Christmas day, with planned Zoom calls coming up with both our family, and my spouse’s Pacific Northwest cousins. We plan to discuss 2021 trips and lay plans to see one-another “post pandemic”. Thankfully, Covid19 vaccines are reaching our community and our […]

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Pandemic travels, close to home, on foot, by bike, by automobile…

Pandemic travels, in San Joaquin County, on foot, by bike, by automobile… Do you want the good news, or, the bad news? The good news is Covid19 vaccines are reaching our community and our health care workers are utilizing the best practices in combatting the virus. The bad news; infections, hospitalizations and loss of loved […]

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Future travel; plan now to explore the nearby Gold Rush Highway…

The nearby Gold Rush Highway offers rich history, scenery! We have mainly been sheltering in place for the last couple of months, hiking trails near our home, traveling to places of interest in the city and county, not much more. We were about to drive up into the foothills and check a few old favorites […]

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Holiday travel planning amidst an accelerated pandemic

Celebrate and plan travel with your family this holiday season… This week I’m departing from my earlier planned article, and gathering my thoughts in the face of an accelerating pandemic – with Christmas and New Year’s holidays still ahead of us. In the month of December, likely fueled by Thanksgiving gatherings and travel, Covid19 cases, […]

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Give thanks for those lovely destinations, so close to home!

This Thanksgiving, explore those lovely destinations, so close to home! With the relative explosion of recent COVID19 cases, 41 of 58 California counties are back into the “purple, widespread outbreak” category, and the state and our counties are asking for residents to cut all unnecessary travel. With that in mind, and with rising cases in […]

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Lessons learned traveling during the pandemic

Traveling locally and regionally offers lessons for pandemic travel… Our world changed almost nine months ago, as the COVID-19 pandemic reality settled on the United States and the world. Since, we’ve had months of mostly sheltering at home and plenty of time to address our latent wanderlust. With rising cases in 49 of 50 states […]

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California coastal road trip; Bodega Bay, the Russian River and north to Mendocino

Take a California coastal road trip; Bodega Bay north to Mendocino… Spectacular Pacific coast scenery, thousands of shorebirds, sea lions, quaint towns and fine food – just three hours from San Joaquin County! With a most scenic stretch of California coastline and fall the best time of the year to visit, the coast from Bodega […]

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Dodge Ridge, Bear Valley prep for an unusual ski season

Bear Valley, Dodge Ridge ready for an unusual ski season… With winter storms soon to blanket the central Sierra, the two closest resorts to San Joaquin County are gearing up for another snowy season. Both Bear Valley and Dodge Ridge ski resorts note they are operating in strange territory, with county-by-county Covid19 strictures governing many […]

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Museums reopening in Stockton and Capital region

Safely visit museums as they reopen in Stockton and nearby towns… We’ve been sheltering at home, mostly, for seven months, many of us working from home, retirees remaining home-bound – but many of our favorite places are beginning to carefully reopen. I’m talking about museums and visitor attractions in San Joaquin and Sacramento counties. Openings […]

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