Category Archives: Southern California

Bucket list suggestions for your 2019 California travels

Wildflowers surround an old windmill near the entrance to Carrizo Plain National Momument, just a few hours south on Interstate 5 from San Joaquin County.

Back road’s discovery; Cosumnes River Preserve just north of Thornton and Lodi. Atlas Obscura is a fine guide to weird and wacky treasures both in California and much beyond. Wildflowers surround an old windmill near the entrance to Carrizo Plain National Monument, just a few hours south on Interstate 5 from San Joaquin County. Discover [...]

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California’s Riviera: where the endless summer lives on…

San Clemente Pier, home to surfers and Fisherman's Restaurant!

Balboa Island Ferry connects with a short hop to Balboa Peninsula. The brig Pilgrim lies at anchor in the Dana Point Boat Harbor. San Clemente Pier, home to surfers and Fisherman’s Restaurant! Visit California’s Riviera, where the endless summer lives on… Continuing on our quest to find nearby warm weather destinations for touring, camping and [...]

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California dreamin’… warm weather touring in Death Valley, Anza Borrego

Bighorn sheep, high above Anzo Borrego SP.

Harmony Borax Works old water tanker and borax wagons in Death Valley. The old Rhyolite railroad station stands sentinel over this large ghost town. Sand dunes and knarly trees grace a portion of Death Valley National Park. Bighorn sheep, high above Anzo Borrego SP. Spindly Ocotillo plant in bloom, following light rain. California Fan Palm [...]

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Frugal travel across the US, Canada, the world: Affordable Travel Club and Evergreen Club

The Elk River and Canadian Rockies were just north and east of the Marchant's home in British Columbia.

David and Nancy Marchant, of Baynes Lake, British Columbia, were our first Affordable Travel Club hosts. Judy and Ward Lowrance, who introduced us to the Affordable Travel Club and invited us to split a house-sitting assignment in Seattle. A natural bridge slowly forms in Zion National Park, our destination in a week or so! Frugal [...]

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Pick Six: Top national parks in California and surrounding states

Yosemite Falls thunders, with our '64 Scotty trailer in foreground.

Yosemite Falls thunders, with our ’64 Scotty trailer in foreground. Couple admires Grand Canyon from rim near Moran Point Our top six picks: The top national parks in California and surrounding states This week is National Parks Week, with admission to all national parks and monuments FREE through the 29th! Californians are blessed by close [...]

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California’s Riviera; fun and sun in Orange County, “on the cheap”!

Big Mountain Railroad in Disneyland provides plenty of thrills in scenic setting!

Balboa Island Ferry links the island to Balboa Peninsula for a short 3/8 mile journey. Corona Del Mar State Beach is a popular spot for sun-seekers and surfers, just south of the Newport Beach Harbor. Orange County is just south of Los Angeles, providing 40 miles of sunny coastline! Big Mountain Railroad in Disneyland provides [...]

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Interstate 5 blues; creative cures for a monotonous five hour drive

Old windmill is surrounded by wildflowers on the Carrizo Plain National Monument.

Beat the Interstate 5 blues; creative cures for a monotonous five hour drive If you are a California resident, you’ve probably driven Interstate 5 south to the Los Angeles Basin many, perhaps even scores, of times. You likely have your favorite gas or reststop, maybe ventured to Harris Ranch for a burger and a drink, [...]

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Wildflower blooms, wildlife and scenery in the California desert!

Wildflowers bloom in perfusion in february in northeastern part of Death Valley.

Death Valley, Joshua Tree National Parks offer wildflower blooms, wildlife and other-worldly scenery Tired of chilly mornings and frosty windshields? Use the late winter/spring to take a road trip to the California desert for wildflower blooms, exotic wildlife and stunning scenery. Our destination includes two stunning national parks, Death Valley and Joshua Tree, and several [...]

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Be cool; moving up from tent camping to a classic travel trailer

Thinking of moving up from tent camping to a classic travel trailer? Be cool with the classics! Last week, I shared thoughts about moving from tent camping to small, newer travel trailers. I offered that small trailers share special qualities; they’re easy to maneuver into tight campsites, easy to store and can be towed with [...]

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Tiny trailering; see the country in small, cozy travel trailer!

Friends Christine and Steve Lewis and dog Alice with their T@B trailer. Tiny trailering; see the country in small, cozy travel trailer! Our classic ’64 Serro Scotty in Yosemite; these other trailers are just a bit larger and heavier than our trailer. My spouse and I have spent the last 10 years or so crossing [...]

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