Category Archives: Southern California

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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On-line travel features in the Record offer a 300+ destinations and travel topics!

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Search on-line travel features in the Record; a huge variety of destinations and travel topics! Did you know the Record offers a wide variety of travel features, approaching 300 articles, which can be selected by “Category” (various portions of the USA and Canada)? Hence, you can go to the Stockton Record’s blog site, choose ‘Valley [...]

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Frugal travel – recommendations for saving cash “on the road”

The Elk River in Canadian Rockies, not far from our ATC hosts in Baynes Lake, BC.

Frugal travel – recommendations for saving cash “on the road”; use “cheap travel” to extend your vacation time! Let’s assume you have plenty of vacation time, or, are retired with lots of time – and desire to travel extensively. Here are suggestions for cheap travel allowing maximization of your travel explorations. First suggestion: Focus first [...]

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Bucket list travel updates in the Western United States for the new year, Part 2

Crater Lake's azure blue waters frame Wizard Island at the lake's southwest corner.

Western US travel “musts”, update your bucket list for the new year, Part 2 Over the last two weeks we have offered 12 ultimate travel destinations in California and half a dozen additional western state’s destinations, suggested month by month. Here are the final six suggestions for the western US: August, the Volcano tour: Take [...]

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Free admission, national parks, national monuments across the US!

Visitors to Yosemite gaze at Half Dome from Glacier Point.

Free admission, national parks, national monuments across the US for MLK holiday and three more dates… National parks, monuments and other federal lands which charge entrance fees will be free on Monday in honor of Martin Luther King Day. Additional no-fee days in national parks include April 21 (first day of National Parks Week), September [...]

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12 must-visits in California; freshen your travel bucket list!

Wildflowere bloom after winter rains in Death Valley National Park; photo taken in February, 2016.

Freshen your California travel bucket list with 12 months of suggestions! As we enter the new year, take time to tune-up your travel bucket list. Let’s start with 12 ultimate destinations in California, with suggested month by month schedule (next week we’ll bring you suggestions for the western US). Here are California’s best, as well [...]

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Anza Borrego Desert State Park: sunshine, stunning vistas and ghost resorts on eerie Salton Sea

The California Palm oasis, awaiting hikers on the Palm Canyon hike above the Anza Borrego Desert.

Winter sun, stunning vistas make Anza Borrego Desert State Park and the ghost resorts on eerie Salton Sea a place to reflect upon. Last week’s column featured California’s two desert national parks, Death Valley and Joshua Tree. Both feature a mild winter climate and evocative topography; this week we’ll cover nearby Anza Borrego Desert State [...]

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What is your favorite family-friendly vacation destination?

Ashland, OR, was named by one reader as a favorite family vacation destination; it's home to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and a wealth of outdoor activities!

Family-friendly vacation destinations – what is your favorite? We are seeking your own family-favorite vacation destination – for a newspaper article to appear during the holidays! With the holidays, families have the opportunity to discuss and plan a family vacation for the coming year. My own family, with two daughters, their husbands, three grandkids and [...]

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Death Valley, Joshua Tree National Parks offer balmy temps just hours from Central Valley!

Desert wildflowers burst forth in Death Valley National Park in February.

Three evocative desert parks, just 2/3 day drive from San Joaquin county… Wanting to beat these cold, frosty holiday mornings? Get your dose of balmy days with three world-class desert parks, offering daytime temperatures in the 70s and 80s, wonderful hiking and exploration opportunities, all flush with history and unique ecology. Best of all, they [...]

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Family-friendly vacation destinations…planning that perfect get-away!

Pt. Arena Lighthouse on N. California coast can act as key attraction for a family get-together in this scenic area!

Family-friendly vacation destinations… use the holidays to plot and plan a family vacation for 2018! With the approaching holidays, families have the opportunity to discuss and plan a family vacation for the coming year. Over a recent birthday celebration our family discussed the idea of a family retreat sometime in spring or summer, 2018. Around [...]

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