Category Archives: Sierra Nevada

National Parks week is this week…and, get a deal on a Senior Pass!

Wildflowers cover the hills in Carrizo Plain National Monument (BLM photo).

We are a couple of days into National Park Week, April 15–23- still time to visit nearby national parks like Yosemite, Pinnacles, Death Valley, Joshua Tree NPs and nearby national monuments like Ft. Ord NM near Monterey, Carrizo NM just west of Buttonwillow and many others. So, get out this weekend, or, plan your trips [...]

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Dodge Ridge, Bear Valley celebrate an epic winter with late openings and special events!

Dodge Ridge, Bear Valley celebrate an epic winter with late openings and special events! With a big winter bringing almost 40 feet of snow to Bear Valley and Dodge Ridge Ski Resorts (closest ski resorts to home for residents of San Joaquin and Stanislaus Counties), here are updates sent along by the two resorts: Dodge Ridge’s [...]

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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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Winter destinations for warm weather, camping and hiking in California!

A chollo cactus garden in Joshua Tree National Park.

Death Valley and Joshua Tree National Parks and Anza Borrego State Park offer desert serenity, winter blooms and quiet exploration! In January, our nearby Sierra mountains received over 400 inches of snow, while our valley was pelted with rain like we haven’t seen in years.  If you’re suffering cabin fever and long for sunny, warm [...]

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Dodge Ridge, Bear Valley celebrate five feet of snow in last four days, highlighting start to 2017 ski season

Bear Valley Winter Explosion torchlight parade from last season.

Five feet of snow in last four days highlight start to 2017 ski season for Bear Valley and Dodge Ridge Ski Areas! With the recent Sierra storms unloading over five feet of snow on both Bear Valley and Dodge Ridge, the resorts are digging out for a fun Martin Luther King weekend! Both resorts are [...]

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Bucket List updates: N. California, Pacific Northwest and Western states!

View of the rugged Oregon coast, looking north.

Update your travel Bucket List: Suggestions for N. California, Pacific Northwest and Western states… Last week, we urged updating your travel bucket list for 2017, with suggestions for S. California and the US Southwest; this week we present N. California, Pacific Northwest and Western States ideas. Plan now for a coastal tour of California, Oregon [...]

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Bear Valley and Dodge Ridge are open and celebrating the holidays with new snow!

Family of five poses at Dodge Ridge's Boulder Creek Canyon area off chair 8.

Dodge Ridge, Bear Valley are open for the 2016-17 ski season! With the recent cold Sierra storm, both Bear Valley and Dodge Ridge received about a foot of new snow or more at higher elevations. This is an update from an earlier feature on our two nearest ski areas. With the opening on Christmas Day of Dodge [...]

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Holiday kid’s activities in Stockton and San Joaquin County!

Kids experiment with a vertical windtunnel at the WOW Science Museum in Lodi.

With holiday school break coming, you may wonder where to take the kids and/or grandkids on these first days of winter. Here are a handful of “activity-destinations”, kid-tested with our three grandchildren over the last year. You and the kids will find them interesting, relatively inexpensive (or free) and true memory-makers. The Stockton Children’s Museum [...]

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Off the beaten track; hidden gems close to San Joaquin County

Eves of the old Westside Lumber Company stand in eerie silence in Tuolumne City; shuttered for over 50 years.

Winter will soon officially arrive, along with holiday houseguests and kids soon to be out of school. What to do, for outings for a day, or longer? Here are several destinations within an hour for day tours, or a bit further for multi-day tours that are just right for winter months – offering usually sunny [...]

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