Category Archives: Sierra Nevada

Sierra snow play at its finest in several seasons!

Enjoy Sierra snow play; recent storms offer incredible spring season of fun in I was all set to do a travel feature about the coming wildflower bloom in the Sierra foothills and Southern California – then the big storms of the recent weeks hit the Sierra and I have shifted gears. A trip two weeks […]

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Traveling locally for views, exercise and local history

These local gems offer views, adventure, exercise and local history Signs of progress on the Covid19 front are beginning to emerge, with reduced hospitalizations, more people receiving vaccines and expectation that that vaccination pace will accelerate. This feature focuses upon nearby local destinations offering fresh air, hiking/biking opportunities, stellar views and historical significance. Before you […]

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Traveling in the pandemic; safe travel precautions

Traveling in pandemic times; tips for safe travel… Last week I wrote a travel feature about a proposed winter trip to Yellowstone National Park, utilizing pandemic travel precautions. Our plan is to drive and spend six or seven nights in Wyoming and Montana motels we have frequented before. Both the article about the wondrous winter […]

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Time for a small travel trailer to sate your wanderlust?

How a small travel trailer can sate your wanderlust, save you money and take you to new horizons… Vaccines are slowly starting to roll out through California and in the west, and while it may be months before we can put the worst of the pandemic behind us, we can start to see the hopeful […]

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Pandemic travels close to San Joaquin County…careful travel by automobile

Find lovely pandemic travel destinations close to San Joaquin County… I am writing on Christmas day, with planned Zoom calls coming up with both our family, and my spouse’s Pacific Northwest cousins. We plan to discuss 2021 trips and lay plans to see one-another “post pandemic”. Thankfully, Covid19 vaccines are reaching our community and our […]

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Future travel; plan now to explore the nearby Gold Rush Highway…

The nearby Gold Rush Highway offers rich history, scenery! We have mainly been sheltering in place for the last couple of months, hiking trails near our home, traveling to places of interest in the city and county, not much more. We were about to drive up into the foothills and check a few old favorites […]

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Holiday travel planning amidst an accelerated pandemic

Celebrate and plan travel with your family this holiday season… This week I’m departing from my earlier planned article, and gathering my thoughts in the face of an accelerating pandemic – with Christmas and New Year’s holidays still ahead of us. In the month of December, likely fueled by Thanksgiving gatherings and travel, Covid19 cases, […]

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Warm vibes; Southern California desert is calling!

Death Valley, Joshua Tree and Anza Borrego offer pandemic options… With the current explosion of nationwide COVID-19 cases, many California counties pushed back into the “purple, widespread outbreak” category, the holidays and flu season upon us Dash we have even more reason to be thoughtful and stay at home. But, with vaccines in the offing, […]

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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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