Category Archives: Sacramento/Capitol region

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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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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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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Lincoln Highway makes for historic travels in San Joaquin County!

The International Order of Odd Fellows Hall in Woodbridge, now home to Cactus Restaurant, anchored the Lincoln Highway's route through Woodbridge.

History comes alive on Lincoln Highway; exciting and gourmet travels in SJ County! I recently noticed red, white and blue Lincoln Highway signs popping up in Stockton, so I tracked down local Lincoln Highway historian Kevin Shawver to learn more about the historic highway and to plot a tour of its route through San Joaquin County. [...]

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Folsom, California, family fun and gold rush history beside the cooling waters of the American River!

Author's grandkids and daughter pull their kayak into the Sacramento State Aquatic Center on Lake Natoma.

Family fun and gold rush history beside the cooling waters of the American River; it’s Folsom, CA! Recently, we sought a weekend destination to celebrate a daughter and a grandson’s overlapping birthdays. Our criteria took in the wish list of three grandkids, ages 6 to 17, two of their cousins, both our 40-something daughters and [...]

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Teardrop and larger classic travel trailers; class, comfort and a smart investment!

T@B trailers, available new for about $20K, used for less than half that.

Classy, comfortable and a smart investment; teardrop and larger classic travel trailers… Years ago, with kids in school, we would load them into a small car, pack our camping gear into a canoe, car-top the canoe and head off to Mount Rainier National Park or remote campgrounds on the Olympic Peninsula for a week or [...]

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Plotting that perfect (well, almost perfect) road trip!

Roy's Motel and Cafe (and our Scotty teardrop trailer), historic Rt. 66 in Amboy, CA.

How to plan that perfect (well, almost perfect) road trip We recently dined with old friends, including one couple where she had recently retired, and was looking forward to the retirement of her husband – and to them making those long-delayed road trips. Whether retired or planning that next vacation, here are suggestions for planning that [...]

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Emergencies when “on the road”; seeking your input!

What a disassembled Escape transmission looks like on a shop table (Ford Motors required the dealer to tear it apart, to determine if "fixable" or needing "total replacement", which added 3-4 days in the process. Ughh.

Dealing with emergencies when “on the road”; seeking your personal horror stories… I am seeking your insight into emergencies you might have suffered “on the road”; and I’ll make these into a future article in the Record’s travel pages. So, what is your experience?  Have you had auto emergencies, trouble with passports/visas, medical emergencies, or [...]

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