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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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Nine crosses: dramatic testimony to young lives lost in Montana

Nine crosses: When one enters Montana, a sign at the border explains the white crosses dotting Montana roads, each marking a fatality on that stretch of the highway over the years. Individual and multiple crosses are grim memorials – a harsh reminder that life can be short. We toured past West Glacier on Hwy. 2, to the […]

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

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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Exploring the northern California, Oregon and Washington coasts in the late fall

  Exploring the northern California, Oregon and Washington coasts in the late fall can be quiet, scenic and intoxicating.  Gone are the maddening crowds of summer, and weather in November and early December can be sunny, with crisp, clear days. It can also be wet, as we discovered along the Olympic Peninsula in Washington. On […]

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Eastern Sierra; Bodie, Mono Lake, Mammoth Lakes and Devil’s Postpiles, all along Hwy 395

John Muir, speaking of the strange and scenic land just east of Yosemite National Park,  described it in 1864: “a country of wonderful contrasts, hot deserts bordered by snow laden mountains, cinders and ashes scattered on the glacier-polished pavement, frost and fire working in the making of beauty”. I had long thought of this area […]

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Be a tourist in your own town (new Stockton Summer Passport offers fun, prizes)!

  With summer now upon us, kids and grandkids out of school – gear up for some summer fun right in your hometown and county. The Stockton Summer Passport allows you to be a tourist in your own town – and earn some goodies along the way!  The local Visit Stockton organization notes, “There’s plenty […]

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Farmers’ Markets in San Joaquin County offer family outings and make produce shopping fun!

  With summer almost upon us, it’s time to set sail for the various farmers’ markets that are open from summer and early fall throughout San Joaquin County.  Within a few miles from about any home in our county, you’ll find a family-oriented, lively farmers’ market! As an example, we spent three hours at the […]

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Northern California summer travel destinations – leave the crowds behind!

  Lodi-Woodbridge Winegrape Appellation map. Main Street in Sutter Creek, a Gold Rush gem, taken from Hotel Sutter balcony. Bixby Bridge, circa 1932, is typical of Big Sur scenery on Highway 1. Hearst Castle’s outdoor pool looks out over the Santa Lucia Mountains! In my last post, I noted five summer travel destinations (three California […]

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Northern California: Five summer travel destinations, far from the maddening crowd

    With summertime almost upon us, families, particularly those with kids, are targeting some of the most popular travel destinations in N. California. These include Lake Tahoe, Yosemite and the Napa and Sonoma Valleys, to name a few.  That can mean maddening crowds, traffic snarls and impossibilities in book campgrounds or lodging nearby. Close […]

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California’s central coast; elephant seals, stunning coast, Hearst Castle and Morro Bay

Hearst Castle’s Grand Mansion, looking up from the outdoor pool area. The mansion houses most of William Randolph Hearst’s extensive art collection. Hearst Castle’s beautiful pool looks out over the Santa Lucia Mountains along the California coast; the complex also includes a huge indoor pool! Several hundred elephant seals lounge on beach in early April, […]

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