Category Archives: Sierra Nevada

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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Road tripping: fall foliage, wine-tasting and Sierra scenery

Road tripping: fall foliage, wine-tasting and Sierra scenery with a side of history. Here’s a day-long road trip just outside of San Joaquin County for fall foliage viewing, several wine-tasting options, spectacular Sierra scenery and several segues into history. As to planning, if you really want to get serious about fall foliage exploration, consult one […]

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Lake Tahoe’s hidden gems along Highway 89 and the western shore

Find hidden gems along Highway 89 and Lake Tahoe’s western shore After the sampling the casinos and night life of South Lake Tahoe, head north on Highway 89 for some of the unsung delights hugging Tahoe’s west shore. Within a few miles, you’ll drive through historic Camp Richardson, with stately hotel, cabins, big campground, bikes, […]

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Kit Carson and Silver Lake leave lasting impressions along scenic Highway 88

Scout Kit Carson and Silver Lake leave lasting impressions along scenic Highway 88 For 30-plus years, we’ve been taking long weekend trips up to South Lake Tahoe and the western shore of that dramatic lake, often choosing Highway 50 out of Sacramento for access. Almost as frequently, we have elected a return along Highway 88; […]

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