Category Archives: Sierra Nevada

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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Valentine’s Day options in Stockton and N. California

Creative, romantic Valentine’s Day options in Stockton and N. California Valentine’s Day fast approaches – here are suggestions for those seeking adventuresome and romantic destinations in northern California, from several friends, my spouse and me, both locally and further afield. The “day” this year falls on a Friday, so book early or be sorry! For those […]

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Adventures in the New Year; save money, extend your travel plans

Save money, get creative and extend your travel plans in 2020 For most, the start of a New Year is a time to reflect, and to plan special travel destinations for the coming year. Have you set your travel goals and plotted when and where you hope to go? Have you yet begun your new […]

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Updating your California travel plans for 2020

Updating your California travel bucket list for 2020 It’s year-end, and time to consider where your travels will take you in 2020. Let’s look at California from several vantage points. How about travels for outdoors enthusiasts? With nine national parks and 280 state parks, California is, arguably, the most scenic state in the nation; certainly, […]

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Dodge Ridge, Bear Valley ski resorts ready for ski season

Snow’s a-comin’; Dodge Ridge, Bear Valley ski resorts prep for ski season With the first winter snow a few days ago now closing Ebbetts and Sonora passes, and heavier winter storms forecast for the central Sierra over Thanksgiving, the two closest resorts to San Joaquin County are gearing up for another fun ski and boarding […]

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Road trip: in search of California’s covered bridges

Road trip: searching for some of California’s historic covered bridges As an 11 or 12-year-old, I remember my dad saying, on weekend drives, “let’s see where this road takes us”. Off we would go in a 1950’s stationwagon down an unknown country road to reveal its intrigue. And, one of my early memories of his […]

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