Category Archives: Northern California

Cool kids in a hot city! Summer fun for kids in Stockton and SJ County

Help your kids be cool; Stockton, San Joaquin summer-time destinations for the kids… As summer heats up, your kids and/or grandkids are likely seeking things to do to break the monotony that often settles in on summer vacation. Here are kid-tested and approved adventures that will keep the young ones cool. Consider scanning the virtual […]

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Exploring the Donner Pass area; one historic and scenic square mile!

One historic and scenic square mile; exploring the Donner Pass area Most readers have crossed Donner Pass on Interstate 80 dozens of times, headed to Reno and destinations east. Far fewer have taken the Norden exit onto the old Donner Pass Road/historic Highway 40 to discover one of the state’s most significant square miles in […]

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Staycations: exploring Stockton and San Joaquin County from a tourist’s viewpoint

Exploring Stockton and SJ County from a tourist’s perspective; enjoy a staycation! Stockton’s Ava Simpson runs her own graphics/marketing business; between work, family, volunteering for organizations like the Peace and Justice Network, she does not have time for a traditional vacation this summer. But, in a recent chat, I realized she is planning several “staycations”, […]

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Exploring the “old pioneer trail”, from Old Sacramento to Folsom

Find adventure and history along the “old pioneer trail”, from Old Sacramento to Folsom Let’s explore the old trail along the American River, from Old Sacramento to Folsom. Hundreds of years ago, Native Americans traveled trails up and over the Sierra (one of those early trails would become the Immigrant Trail) to trade and share […]

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From hail stones to hot summer; how to beat the heat in the Sierra!

Hail stones morph to summer heat; where to head for cooler temperatures! With hail stones and cold rain pounding Stockton and San Joaquin County just 10 days ago, I’m always amazed how hot summer weather can arrive so quickly. Here are ideas how to beat the summer heat, both in town and in the nearby […]

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Family fun in the high Sierra; Hwy. 4 from Murphys to Ebbetts Pass

Family fun in Sierra gold country; Hwy. 4, Murphys to Ebbetts Pass Gold rush history, towering redwoods, high Sierra scenery, lakes, cooler temperatures, campgrounds and family resorts – what’s not to like about a tour up Hwy. 4, from Murphys east to Ebbetts Pass? This is a trip that can be managed in one day; […]

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Agri-tourism; discovering the history, source of food in the San Joaquin Valley

Farm to table; know how that food arrived at your table! (Record blog, feature, May 13, 14, 2019) Residents of San Joaquin County live in, arguably, the most productive agricultural region in the world. But, as cities expand, farming and food production is pushed further each year into the countryside; many residents seldom think where […]

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The parks of summer and fall; avoiding the crowds, enjoying tranquility

Find tranquility and quiet in some of the busiest national and state parks during summer and fall; plan ahead! Summer vacation is almost here, and families are plotting their summer (and early fall) destinations. If you are considering western state and national parks, you may soon discover that both campgrounds and in-park lodging accommodations are […]

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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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