Category Archives: Teardrop and tiny travel trailers

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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Bucket list updates; gems from eastern US and Canada include the Old South and Canadian Maritimes!

Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia on bright sunny day.

Updating your travel bucket list; gems from eastern US and Canada include the Old South and Canadian Maritimes… Over the last two weeks, my wife and I have shared our favorite travel destinations in the western United States. This week, our top suggestions for the eastern US and Canada. In February and March, 2015, we [...]

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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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An ode to back roads: exploring America from off the beaten path

Peggy's Cove, bucolic fishing village on Nova Scotia coast.

We just finished a nine week trip across Canada, down the East Coast to Delaware, and back across the US to California. Other than the Trans Canada Highway, we toured on back highways and lonely roads – eschewing interstates for the benefit of history and local flavor. Taking the road less traveled added miles – [...]

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Back into Canada: Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, to historic Quebec City, Quebec, Canada

Ottawa's huge Parliament Building dominates government edifices on "the Hill".

This column offers insight into our exploration of our huge neighbor to the north, Canada (it’s the fifth installment of our “cross-Canada and the US trip – see my earlier posts for the first four!). From Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, we motor more than five hours to Sudbury. Rolling forest and vistas of Lake Huron [...]

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Exploring Lake Superior: Ontario to north, the upper Michigan Peninsula to south…

Upper Tahquamenon Falls, 200' across and 50' tall, plunges, headed towards the lower falls four miles distant.

Exploring Lake Superior: Ontario to the north, the upper Michigan Peninsula to the south… The ‘Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald’, waterfalls and wild country! We are exploring the north and south shores of mighty Lake Superior, the largest fresh water lake in the world, while joining a classic Scotty travel-trailer caravan for a tour of [...]

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Comfortable, frugal travel – think tiny trailers in the New Year!

Our '58 Serro Scotty Junior teardrop trailer at St. George Island Lighthouse, FL.

This article is for those of you who have the time and energy to travel extensively in the United States and Canada. My spouse and I have been retired three years, and have toured about 70,000 miles through these two wonderful countries. If you are blessed with both the time and desire to travel extensively, [...]

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Comfortable yet light travel in the New Year!

Susan and Tim Viall in ship's lounge; "upscale casual" is rule, no need to pack sports coat or fancy clothes!

This article is for those who have the time and energy to travel extensively in the United States and beyond.  Spouse Susan and I have been retired three years and have toured about 65,000 miles through the US and Canada.  We have also been privileged to make two European small ship cruises (Grand Circle Cruise [...]

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Classic travel trailers – is refurbishing or rebuilding one right for you?

Our '64 Scotty Sportsman, shortly after purchase. Looks cute, eh?

For the past 11 years, my spouse and I, having aged gracefully out of the tent and car-camping expeditions of our youth and middle age, have traveled extensively in the US and Canada in two small teardrop camp trailers. We have had great fun in those tiny campers (both reproduction models of a late 1940′s [...]

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    Viall is a local travel writer who retired in late 2012 after 10 years as executive director of Stockton, CA's, Emergency Food Bank and six years with the Downtown Stockton Alliance. Previously, a 21-year career in daily newspapers helped shape his ... Read Full
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