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Tent and car campers; moving up to small trailer camping!

The “after” photo of our 64 Scotty Sportsman; two years of on-again, off-again work to rebuild from the frame up. A “before” photo of our 64 Scotty Sportsman, after the aluminum skins were removed; extensive dryrot, from leaking roof seams, made this little trailer a BIG project. Word to the wise when shopping vintage trailers, […]

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Local travel; explore your history and what makes the city great!

Kids exercise their artistic talents at the Haggin. The Leyendecker Gallery is a popular art exhibit. This classic Stevens wooden runabout helps the museum tell Stockton’s story as a boat-building center over the last 170 years. The Yokets Village is part of the museum’s Native American gallery. Huge harvester, a wonder of wood and iron, […]

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Old Sacramento and Downtown Sacramento, family destination for the holidays!

Holiday destinations for the family in Old Sacramento and Downtown Sacramento… A winter wonderland with huge lighted Christmas trees, evening skits, ice-skating, Christmas train rides, museums decked out for the holidays, all in an historic downtown. Best of all, it’s less than an hour from San Joaquin County. It’s Old Sacramento and adjacent Downtown Sacramento […]

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Tiny touring; seeing the USA with a small, comfy travel trailer!

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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Classic car buff? Visit the Vintage Reserve Garage in Lodi, CA!

If you are a car buff, or have kids/grandkids moving in that direction, stop in and tour the Vintage Reserve Garage, 121 S. Cherokee Ln. in Lodi. Owner Mark Lange welcomes visitors to drool over his vehicles, for sale or on consignment. The building was built in 1947 as a Studebaker/Packard dealership. Currently in stock, […]

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

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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Historic Michilimackinac Fort and the Mill Creek Historic Discovery Park in Mackinaw City offer living history!

Here is additional insight into two Mackinaw City, Michigan area attractions that bring history to life (see my Wednesday, August 24 Record blog feature for more detail on this lovely area)! The two are Fort Michilimackinac and Mill Creek Historic Discovery Park. Here is a bit of detail, right off the two attraction’s web sites: Fort Michilimackinac […]

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Yellowstone Park retires Bombardier snow coaches; end of an historic era

At the end of February, another historic chapter in Yellowstone Park closed when Xanterra Resorts – the part concessionaire that runs facilities in the park under contract with the National Park Service – retired their fleet of 21 1960-era Bombardier snow coaches. The ancient fleet were sold on the US Government web site; I saw one […]

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Yellowstone Park in winter; icy grip does not mar the wondrous scenery!

Imagine standing and watching the Old Faithful Geyser thunder into a dusky sky – just you, your partner and a lone coyote! Many of us of been there during summer months and joined thousands of tourists watching the sight of America’s iconic thermal wonder – what’s the difference? Add two feet of snow and 10° […]

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End of an era for Bombardier snow coaches in Yellowstone National Park…

A few years ago, we boarded a 1963-model Bombardier snow coach in West Yellowstone for a beautiful ride into the Old Faithful area and a three day stay at Old Faithful Snow Lodge. Admittedly, these 50-year-old vehicles had their quirks, were noisy and expensive to maintain. But, these old machines made you feel like a […]

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