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Fall camping in northern California; also a good time for camper buying!

A new T@B trailer, owned by our Sacramento friends, is a lovely small to mid-size trailer with a popular retro look.

Fall camping in northern California; it’s also a great time for camper buying! Whether you’re a fan of tent camping, small trailer, larger trailer or motorhome camping, some of the nicest weeks of the camping season lie ahead. We’re blessed, living in Central/Northern California, to have wonderful options within a few hours in any of [...]

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Enjoy Lake Tahoe in summer and avoid the crowds…find hidden corners of the lake!

Lupine frames Mount Tallac, off Hwy. 89 north of South Lake Tahoe.

Beat Lake Tahoe’s summer crowds; focus on quiet places along Tahoe’s south and southwestern shore… Sure, Lake Tahoe can be jammed by tourists in summer months. But, you can still find quiet, secluded places near the lake, hang out for three or four days and mostly avoid the warm-weather crowds. We’re on a budget, so camping [...]

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Fort Ord National Monument; spectacular reuse of the old World War I and II Army base!

If you are a hiker, bicyclist, mountain biker or camper, one of your best destinations within two hours of San Joaquin County is the Fort Ord National Monument, located between Salinas and Monterey, CA. And with those two nearby towns – you have a host of additional options to make your trip an overnighter, or [...]

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Valentine’s Day destinations: Big Sur, North Lake Tahoe and Old Sacramento offer romance, adventure!

Bixby Bridge, circa 1932, on the rugger Big Sur coast.

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner – if you’re seeking adventuresome and romantic destinations in northern California here are several recommendations from my wife, several friends and me. In many years of marriage, I’ve learned that such special destinations should offer these attributes: be somewhat secluded, scenic, with fine restaurant(s) nearby, classy lodging if [...]

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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 Randolp Hearst's extensive art collection.

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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Big Sur; elephant seals, sea otters, wild coast and Hearst Castle!

Several hundred Elephant Seals lounge on the beach, just off Hwy. 1, four miles north of San Simeon.

Two male Elephant Seals joust for supremacy on beach just north of San Simeon! The iconic Bixby Bridge on Hwy. 1, constructed in 1932. Ragged Point Resort, with restaurant, motel and cabins – and flowers in full bloom in early April! McWay Bay, and McWay Waterfall, in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Big Sur coast [...]

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Yosemite updates; and, Chinese Camp and Groveland, CA, take you back into Gold Rush history!

Old Catholic Church in Chinese Camp is surrounded by graves and family plots dating to Gold Rush days in the early 1850s!

  Old boarding house on Chinese Camp’s Main Street is slowly mouldering away! Old Chinese Camp Hotel, right off Hwy. 120 on Main Street – stop and tour the three blocks of old town on your way to Yosemite! Groveland’s old jail, dating to 1854, when the town was a lively Gold Rush stomping ground! [...]

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