Category Archives: Sierra Nevada

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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Lassen Volcanic National Park in the age of pandemics

Touring Lassen Volcanic National Park in late summer… Boiling hot springs, steaming fumaroles, sulfuric mud pots, multiple volcanic peaks – fire and ice. Like a small version of Yellowstone National Park, Lassen Volcanic National Park happily lies only 3 1/2 hours from San Joaquin County. One of nine national parks in our state, it’s both […]

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Road trip; Calavaras County, Murphys, Big Trees, Bear Valley, Lake Alpine!

Come explore: Calavaras County, Murphys, Big Trees, Bear Valley, Lake Alpine! Resorts packed with family activities, towns awash in gold rush history, towering redwood trees, high Sierra lakes and…glamping tents… all along Highway 4 bisecting nearby Calaveras County. Take a break from the valley heat and our forest fire smoke-laden skies with a road trip […]

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Notes from the road in the age of COVID19

How to travel safely in the age of COVID19… We are now nearing end of month five of the COVID pandemic impact upon our lives. After a few nearby road trips, we are planning an upcoming six day camping trip to California’s north state, with a several night stop in Lassen Volcanic National Park. My […]

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Road Trip; Lake Tahoe’s western shore in age of pandemics

Take a Road Trip to Lake Tahoe’s western shore … Months into the Covid19 pandemic and a month into summer, Lake Tahoe lies resplendent, as always under a hot July sun.  Winter’s snows can only be spotted at the highest Sierra elevations, melting into shady crevices, and motels, hotels and restaurants are running at reduced […]

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The American River Parkway’s Jedediah Smith Trail offers alluring options

Take a cycling journey on the American River Parkway’s Jedediah Smith Trail… The American River Parkway begins where the American River flows into the Sacramento River and follows the American River east to Folsom State Recreation Area, just beyond Folsom Dam. The Parkway and its Jedediah Smith Trail offer a network of well over 40 […]

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Tiny trailers; touring the west in a small, cozy travel trailer

Touring the west in a small, cozy travel trailer, how to do it… Most of us are sheltering at home and thinking future travels – now is a good time to consider making small travel trailers a part of your future treks. We moved from tent and car camping to tiny trailers about 15 years […]

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Travel in the age of pandemics; plan six months out!

Travel in the age of pandemics, why plan for six months out? After more than two weeks sheltering at home, I am going on the assumption that you and family members have spent time thinking about and discussing future travels. Whether it has been face to face with your spouse, or via Skype, Zoom, Facebook […]

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Travel in the age of pandemics, planning and research while sheltering at home

Planning and researching travel in the age of pandemics… We are part of a country not accustomed to taking a break from daily routine. Work, school, moving kids or grandkids around to appointments, striving to be better at what we do – the go-go-go society we’re a part of. The coronavirus pandemic has changed all […]

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Travel in the age of pandemics; look local!

Look for local options for travel in the age of pandemics… I was reminded of the challenge of travel in today’s skittish national psyche, when several  things occurred this week. I called Marriott, to shift our Newport Beach time share by one day in late April, from Saturday to a Sunday start. My Marriott rep […]

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