Category Archives: San Francisco Bay Area

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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Tomales Bay and Pt. Reyes National Seashore make a marvelous day or weekend trip!

Pt. Reyes Lighthouse, open for tours Friday through Monday.

Journey to Tomales Bay and Pt. Reyes National Seashore for an exciting day or weekend trip! Where can you see Elephant seals, Tule elk, watch whales, stroll the beach where Sir Francis Drake claimed California for Queen Elizabeth in 1579, tour a spectacular Pacific lighthouse and gorge on freshly shucked oysters – all just 2 [...]

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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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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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Exploring the East Bay; the ghosts of old coal miners haunt Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve north of Mt. Diablo

Rose Hill Cemetery, high in Contra Costa foothills, contains burial plots of over 230 miners and their family members.

Ghosts of old coal miners haunt the East Bay foothills! From the 1850s to early 1900s, the largest coal mining area in California was the Black Diamond Mines District just northeast of Mount Diablo. The almost 4 million tons of coal (“black diamonds”) were the product of over 900 miners, many of them immigrants from [...]

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Five glorious parks within four hours of San Joaquin County; beat the heat and crowds!

Sequoia's General Sherman tree, with a 40' diameter trunk is, by volume, the world's largest tree!

Beat the summer heat and crowds while basking in nature’s glory in these five close-at-hand parks! We’re less than a week from the start of summer, it’s getting hot in the valley – and you haven’t made your summer travel plans yet? Let’s consider some of the nearby parks and natural wonders that can take [...]

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Santa Barbara, Santa Rita Hills and making of the movie Sideways makes for memorable tour

Horse-drawn wagon ferries tourists in Solvang.

We’ve been traveling the country extensively in recent years, with much of our time spent in a little teardrop travel trailer. When the weather’s bad, we retreat inside to watch favorite movies – with the 2004 hit Sideways high on our rainy day list. We recently were trekking up the California coast to Santa Barbara, [...]

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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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Fort Ord National Monument; spectacular reuse of the old World War I and II Army base!

If you are a hiker, bicyclist, mountain biker or camper, one of your best destinations within two hours of San Joaquin County is the Fort Ord National Monument, located between Salinas and Monterey, CA. And with those two nearby towns – you have a host of additional options to make your trip an overnighter, or [...]

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