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How we get around; insights from the CA Railroad Museum and CA Auto Museum

How do we get around? Consider the year 1900; depending upon your age, many of our parents, grandparents or great grandparents were born around that time. If you lived in the city (and Stockton’s population was only 17,501 in 1900) you had several choices to get around the much smaller town. You could walk, you […]

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Hiking and paddling in San Joaquin County’s wilderness!

Enjoy paddling or hiking right in San Joaquin County’s wilderness! With two newly purchased kayaks loaded atop my SUV, my friend and I were in search of wilderness paddling, right in San Joaquin County. Several fellow kayakers told us of the Cosumnes River Preserve, a place where I had hiked several times and taken grandkids […]

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Gold Rush history lives on in ghost town gems along the Mother Lode, CA Hwy. 49

Discovering ghost town gems along the Gold Rush Highway, CA Hwy. 49 Recent rains have cast our Sierra foothills in a verdant shade of green, perfect for exploring our state’s gold rush legacy. I always suggest starting in the place of gold’s discovery, just 80 miles northeast of Stockton, at the tiny town of Coloma […]

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San Joaquin Historic Museum, Haggin Museum are cool summertime destinations!

Cool destinations to beat summer heat and learn about our past… San Joaquin Historic Museum, Haggin Museum With the balance of summer flying by, let’s go for a couple local “cool destinations”, which each offer cool temperature-controlled environments and places that most kids or grandkids rate as “cool”, once they get involved. Our family favorites […]

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Ghosts of downtown Stockton add Halloween spice to the city’s storied history!

Ghosts of downtown Stockton add Halloween spice to the city’s storied history! Spooky… Music and the sound of party-goers from the old Hotel Stockton ballroom – but no one there. Footsteps and an apparition of a pioneer woman in the hallways of the old Philadelphia House, again no one around. Ghosts and swaying chandeliers in […]

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Historic mystery buildings, just east of Jackson, CA on Hwy. 88 – what were they?

We just spent five days in the south and west Lake Tahoe area. Going up, and coming back, we usually take Hwy. 88 to the beautiful Hope Valley, then Highway 89 to Hwy. 50 and into South Lake Tahoe. We’ve done this route multiple times over the years – and every time I pass the […]

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Santa Monica and Muscle Beach; old Route 66 brings us to the sunny Pacific

After more than two-dozen trips to the LA area in several decades, one of our “must stops” is always Santa Monica on the Pacific Ocean, due west of central Los Angeles. I originally discovered the town, at age 14, on a trip with my parents from Ohio – following Route 66 from Chicago all the […]

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Downtown Stockton; this Sunday, history comes to life in classy downtown walking tour!

This Sunday, valley residents have the opportunity to take a free downtown Stockton historic walking tour (details below), wrapped around the classic movie “The African Queen”, showing at the Fox California/Bob Hope Theatre. Following the movie, take an “insider tour” of the old movie house. The tour will start at the south/Weber Avenue entrance to […]

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Downtown Stockton; history comes to life in classy downtown walking tour!

Sometimes your most interesting travel destination can exist right in your backyard. This Sunday, valley residents have the opportunity to take a free downtown Stockton historic walking tour (details below), wrapped around the classic movie “The African Queen”, showing at the Fox California/Bob Hope Theatre. Following the movie, take an “insider tour” of the old […]

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

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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