Category Archives: Southwest USA (Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas)

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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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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Updating your travel bucket list; S. California and Southwestern US destinations

Viewing and hiking in Bryce Canyon National Park's eerie HooDoos is always an other-worldly experience!

Update your travel bucket list with Southern California and Southwestern US destinations! Californians are blessed by close proximity to our state’s and the American Southwest’s incredible spaces, all within a two day drive or closer. With so many spectacular destinations nearby and a New Year, take the time to update your list of western destinations. [...]

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On-line travel features…over 270 choices!

Find the "Categories" option in the upper right-hand corner of my travel blog home page.

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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A new mode of thrifty travel for frequent travelers: Affordable Travel Club and Evergreen Club

Judy and Ward Lowrance, from Floyd, VA and frequent Affordable Travel Club travelers.

In retirement, my spouse and I have traveled extensively in the US and Canada, along with two forays into Europe on river and ocean cruises. We have consistently been on the lookout for additional modes of travel, as well as ways to save money within our travel budget. On our first European cruise, we befriended [...]

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National public lands day, September 24, 2016, allows free admission to national parks, forests and more

Celebrate our national parks, national forests and public lands on Saturday, September 24 with free entry and access to a variety of projects where volunteers can help clean up parks, build trails and many more volunteer opportunities. So skip the $20-$30 entry fee to national parks like Yosemite, Pinnacles, Death Valley, Joshua Tree, Lassen, Redwoods [...]

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American the Beautiful senior pass: the best deal in camping and touring in National Parks and other federal attractions

America the Beautiful senior pass, deal of a lifetime!

I just got lucky and scored a campsite for two nights at lovely Pinecrest Lake up Hwy. 108, 25 miles east of Sonora.  The on-line reservation asked for my federal senior pass number, which I typed in.  I had forgotten this was a Forest Service campground – and with the 50% discount, we scored two [...]

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Arizona dreamin’…Burma Shave makes comeback on historic Route 66!

The Aztec Motel in Seligman features a mural of Marilyn Monroe brightening the restaurant portion.

‘Get your kicks on Route 66’ as it meanders through quaint, forgotten towns In 1962, my mother piled my two younger brothers and 14 year-old me into the back of a ‘61 Ford station wagon, towing a tiny Nimrod tent trailer, bound from Ohio to California and back. My plumbing-contractor father planned to fly into [...]

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Giants and A’s spring training lasts through end of March; get to the Phoenix area for fun!

Indians pitching to Giants hitter in fifth inning; great seats for not a lot of $$!

For fans of the San Francisco Giants, Oakland A’s, San Diego Padres, Seattle Mariners, Cleveland Indians and 10 other teams – the Phoenix area is Spring Training Central, in late February through end of March. Said owner Bill Veeck in 1976, “That’s the true harbinger of spring, not crocuses or swallows returning to Capistrano, but [...]

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