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Hwy. 4, Calaveras Big Trees, Bear Valley and Lake Alpine offer a world apart!

New Glamping tents, with a stunning view into Mokelumne River Canyon, are new at Bear Valley Resort this summer.

Murphys, Calaveras Big Trees, Bear Valley and Lake Alpine – all on Hwy. 4 – offer a world apart! Last week, I shared our favorite summer destinations on the Hwy. 108 corridor above Sonora; this week we offer recommendations for fun along Hwy. 4, from Murphys east to Calaveras Big Trees State Park, Bear Valley [...]

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Holiday kid’s activities in Stockton and San Joaquin County!

Kids experiment with a vertical windtunnel at the WOW Science Museum in Lodi.

With holiday school break coming, you may wonder where to take the kids and/or grandkids on these first days of winter. Here are a handful of “activity-destinations”, kid-tested with our three grandchildren over the last year. You and the kids will find them interesting, relatively inexpensive (or free) and true memory-makers. The Stockton Children’s Museum [...]

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Wild, scenic and historic state parks, close to San Joaquin County, perfect for spring outings!

Mt. Diablo's flank, looking west from Northgate Road.

Mt. Diablo, Calaveras Big Trees, Columbia Historic Park, Railtown 1897 Park - close to Stockton, stunning in spring! With the advent of spring, several glorious state parks close to San Joaquin county back in. Spring, with recent rain and breezes clearing the air, make a fine time to tour to places such as Mount Diablo State [...]

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Winter activities for kids, grandkids in San Joaquin County

Jack prepares to drive his Regional Transit bus at the Children's Museum.

With an El Niño winter pelting San Joaquin County with rain and winds, you may wonder where to take the kids and/or grandkids on these blustery days. Here are several local destinations, kid-tested with our three grandchildren over this year and last. You and the kids will find them all compelling, relatively inexpensive (or free) [...]

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Sierra snows; skiing, boarding, XC, snowshoeing or sledding, just two hours from Stockton!

A family of five enjoys the snow and the Sierra scenery in the Boulder Creek Canyon area of Dodge Ridge Ski Area.

  For Christmas, perhaps you received new skis or a snowboard, snowshoes or cross-country skis and want to try them out. Or, now that the holidays are past, you finally have time to get up to the Sierra snow country. From Stockton, the two “closest snows to home” are Dodge Ridge Ski Resort 30 miles [...]

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Head for the High Sierra in next few weeks; weather is perfect for touring!

The Wells Fargo Stagecoach offers rides through Columbia State Historic Park!

Kids, including author’s grandson Hunter, curly hair, can pan for gold and agates at Columbia State Historic Park! The Wells Fargo Stagecoach offers rides through Columbia State Historic Park! A couple of reasons to head for the High Sierra in the near future: For a great excuse to visit Calaveras Big Trees State Park (up [...]

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