Category Archives: Sacramento/Capitol region

Tiny touring; seeing the USA with a small, comfy travel trailer!

A classic Airstream Caravelle, with retro tow vehicle.

Touring in a tiny trailer; seeing the USA with a small, comfy travel trailer… Last summer, Susan and I spent nine weeks crossing Canada on the Trans-Canada Highway to their Maritime Provinces, turned south down the New England coast to Maryland and headed back across the USA on historic Highway 50. We toured with a [...]

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On-line travel features in the Record offer a huge variety of destinations and travel topics!

On-line travel features in the Record offer a huge variety of destinations and travel topics!

On-line travel features in the Record offer a huge variety of destinations and travel topics! Did you know the Record offers a wide variety of travel features, well over 270 strong, that can be selected by “Category”? Hence, you can go to the Record’s blog site, choose ‘Valley Travel: Little Places That I Know’, go to [...]

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On-line travel features…over 270 choices!

Find the "Categories" option in the upper right-hand corner of my travel blog home page.

On-line travel features in the Record offer a huge variety of destinations and travel topics! Did you know the Record offers a wide variety of travel features, well over 270 strong, that can be selected by “Category”? Hence, you can go to the RECORD’s blog site, choose ‘Valley Travel: Little Places That I Know’, go to [...]

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Amgen Tour announces host cities for 2017 event

For those of you who enjoy the excitement of world-class bicycle racing and seeing world-class cyclists up close and personal, the Amgen Tour just announced the host cities for next year’s special event. Here is the detail: The 2017 Amgen Tour of California men’s competition is set to begin in Sacramento on May 14, 2017, [...]

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A new mode of thrifty travel for frequent travelers: Affordable Travel Club and Evergreen Club

Judy and Ward Lowrance, from Floyd, VA and frequent Affordable Travel Club travelers.

In retirement, my spouse and I have traveled extensively in the US and Canada, along with two forays into Europe on river and ocean cruises. We have consistently been on the lookout for additional modes of travel, as well as ways to save money within our travel budget. On our first European cruise, we befriended [...]

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Shenandoah Valley wineries and Gold Rush history make Amador County a “must visit”

Amador City Street Dance attacts big crowd of both locals and tourists!

Where, in about 10 square miles, can you discover fine wines, dining, cooler temperatures, beautiful scenery and Gold Rush history? It’s the Shenandoah Valley and Amador County wineries, just 55 miles to the northeast of Stockton and San Joaquin County. Following gold’s discovery in 1848 in nearby Coloma, new mining communities burst upon the scene and [...]

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Calaveras County Fair and Jumping Frog Jubilee, May 19-22, is great reason to head for Angels Camp!

Kid and frog 2

With Calaveras County celebrating the 30-year anniversary of the world’s longest frog jump, plan to take in the Calaveras County Fair and Jumping Frog Jubilee in Angels Camp, CA, May 19–22. It was just 30 years ago that ‘Rosie the Ribeter’ uncorked the best-ever frog leap, 21 feet, 5 3/4 inches – a record that [...]

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Wild, scenic and historic state parks, close to San Joaquin County, perfect for spring outings!

Mt. Diablo's flank, looking west from Northgate Road.

Mt. Diablo, Calaveras Big Trees, Columbia Historic Park, Railtown 1897 Park - close to Stockton, stunning in spring! With the advent of spring, several glorious state parks close to San Joaquin county back in. Spring, with recent rain and breezes clearing the air, make a fine time to tour to places such as Mount Diablo State [...]

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Fun insights into our historic and iconic San Joaquin/Sacremento River Delta

The Dover river steamer, typical of river boats in the last half of the 19th century, towing a barge from her hog post.

The California Gold Rush, and the stream of miners and fortune-seekers to the Mother Lode of the Sierra, took place long before many roads existed and some 60 years before cars and trucks would appear on the scene. While railroads were beginning to make inroads on shipping freight and moving passengers, riverboats were king during [...]

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The Delta Loop, Brannan Island and Rio Vista; views, history, adventure, just 30 minutes away!

Brannan Island State Recreation Area; view from campground looking into the vast Delta region

Fishing, hiking, water, camping, cabins, restaurants, year-around comfortable climate, unspoiled, wildlife, wondrous news, tranquil sunsets. Where can you find a 10 mile slice of this wonder, just 20 miles from Stockton? It’s the Delta Loop, just west on Highway 12 from Lodi, offering its special allure for nothing more than a short drive. Here you [...]

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