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6 more one-tank vacations close to Stockton and San Joaquin County

The General Sherman sequoia in Sequoia National Park always draws a crowd!

For six more one-tank vacations close to Stockton and San Joaquin County, you can’t go wrong with these! Following last week’s recommendations, here are six other alluring summer destinations, all within about three hours or less from San Joaquin County, ranging from south to north. Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Parks: These majestic parks share a common [...]

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Fall Northern California destinations, far from the maddening crowds!

The Point Arena Lighthouse is one of the attractions on the rugged California coast, above Jenner and Ft. Ross.

If you are like many Californians, you’ve visited the California ocean shore or one of our national parks in the summer and faced monster crowds to reach the beach or the park’s attractions, to find a place to eat and found hotel fees in the stratosphere. Depending on our forecasted El Niño, Northern California often [...]

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Bodega, Bodega Bay and the Sonoma Coast; exploring with kids the filming of ‘The Birds’, Hitchcock’s 1963 thriller

Granddaughter Jessica reveling in the glory of a first visit to the ocean along the Sonoma coast!

                                                        Exploring with kids the coast and the filming of ‘The Birds’, Hitchcock’s 1963 thriller movie. Our short vacation goals were several: to spend a few days on [...]

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California coastal dreamin’, Bodega Bay, the Russian River, Ft. Ross and north to Mendocino

The old Bodega School was used to film some of the scenes from Hitchcock's classic movie, 'The Birds'.

Shorebirds, sea lions, quaint towns and spectacular Pacific coastal scenery – just 2.5 hours from San Joaquin County! With arguably the most scenic stretch of California coastline and late summer/early fall the best time of the year to visit, the coast from Bodega Bay north to Mendocino is too close not to make it a [...]

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California North Coast, Bodega Bay to Jenner and the Russian River (Part 1 of two parts)

The mouth of the Russian River, with Harbor Seal colony on sand spit, across river from Jenner

This is the old school in the town of Bodega (not Bodega Bay) that was used in filming of the 1963 film ‘The Birds’ From Stockton, the rugged North California coast, from Bodega Bay north to Jenner, is both easy to reach (about three hours) and offers some of the most stunning waterfront in the [...]

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