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A guide to Yosemite and Hetch Hetchy in late winter and spring!

Yosemite Falls thunders into a sunny, blue-bird day.

Yosemite Falls thunders into a sunny, blue-bird day. Snowshoers head for a scenic outing to Dewey Point (photo courtesy Andria Hernandez). Icicles hang precariously off the Majestic Yosemite Hotel. Majestic Yosemite Hotel, with snowy Glacier Point Overlook towering 3,000 feet above. Cross-country skiers near Glacier Point (photo courtesy National Park Service). Horsetail Falls peers out [...]

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Road tripping; historic Route 66 through Arizona, California

The Hi-Line Motel in Ash Fork, AZ, once prospered but closed when I-40 skirted the small town.

The Hi-Line Motel in Ash Fork, AZ, once prospered but closed when I-40 skirted the small town. An abandoned truck stop in Ash Fork, AZ, is within viewing distance of I-40, which bypassed it in the 80s. The Canyon Club in Williams serves Mexican food and drinks a’plenty. Author’s spouse Susan “standing on the corner [...]

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Stockton Restaurant Week offers great opportunity to explore locally!

Couple a dining stop with a visit to the downtown Stockton Children's Museum!

Couple a dining stop with a visit to the downtown Stockton Children’s Museum! Bud’s Seafood in Lincoln Center is always a Restaurant Week favorite! Use Restaurant Week to do local tourism, such as a visit to the always changing Haggin Museum in Victory Park. America Waffles presents American standards. Several restaurants along Stockton’s historic Miracle [...]

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New Year travel plans for the frequent but frugal traveler

Visitors ogle Half Dome from Yosemite's Glacier Point. Yosemite makes a great place for a mini-vacation if you live in northern or central California!

The Marchants of Baynes Lake, British Columbia, Canada, were our first Affordable Travel Club hosts a few summers ago. Close-to-home mini-vacations, like exploring Rose Hill Cemetary in Black Diamond Mines Regional Park in the East Bay area of CA. The cemetery is final resting place of over 100 miners and their families from CA’s coal [...]

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California’s Riviera: where the endless summer lives on…

San Clemente Pier, home to surfers and Fisherman's Restaurant!

Balboa Island Ferry connects with a short hop to Balboa Peninsula. The brig Pilgrim lies at anchor in the Dana Point Boat Harbor. San Clemente Pier, home to surfers and Fisherman’s Restaurant! Visit California’s Riviera, where the endless summer lives on… Continuing on our quest to find nearby warm weather destinations for touring, camping and [...]

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California dreamin’… warm weather touring in Death Valley, Anza Borrego

Bighorn sheep, high above Anzo Borrego SP.

Harmony Borax Works old water tanker and borax wagons in Death Valley. The old Rhyolite railroad station stands sentinel over this large ghost town. Sand dunes and knarly trees grace a portion of Death Valley National Park. Bighorn sheep, high above Anzo Borrego SP. Spindly Ocotillo plant in bloom, following light rain. California Fan Palm [...]

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Dodge Ridge, Tuolumne County prepare for coming winter!

Skier enjoys deep powder in the Sonora Glades of Dodge Ridge Resort Family enjoys a groomed run with spectacular view in Boulder Creek Canyon. Kids pan for gold, including grandson Hunter Blomgren (center), at Columbia State Historic Park The old roundhouse and turntable at Railtown 1897 State Historic Park Engine #3 from the Railtown 1897 [...]

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California coastal touring in fall, winter; Big Sur to Morro Bay!

Bixby Bridge, circa 1932, is a fixture on the scenic Big Sur Coast.

McWay Cove in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park is highly photographed. Ragged Point Resort in Big Sur offers beautiful gardens. Hearst Castle’s Casa Grande mansion is quite the place. Sunsets are often spectacular at Morro Bay! Horseback riders enjoy a sunny afternoon with Morro Rock and Bay in background. Take a California coastal tour this [...]

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Best road trips for Fall color in Northern California and the Central Sierra

Aspens turn bright yellow, dusted by light snow, near Ebbett's Pass on Hwy. 4.

Sierra mountainside is alive with yellows and oranges, off Hwy. 88. Ironstone Vineyards, just above Murphys, offer yellows, ochres and reds during the fall. Aspens turn bright yellow, dusted by light snow, near Ebbett’s Pass on Hwy. 4. Oranges and reds dot this Sierra mountainside near Tuolumne Pass. Plan a road trip for best Fall [...]

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Shenandoah Valley wineries, gold rush history make Sierra foothills the place to visit!

View of Shenandoah Valley vineyards from Karmere Winery.

Our out-of-town guests Janet and Patricia sample wines at Karmere Winery’s tasting room, done in French chateau style. Band entertains at Helwig Winery in the Shenandoah Valley. Fiddletown’s Community Center features a giant fiddle over the doorway. The old Imperial Hotel in Amador City also boasts a fine restaurant. Old Wells Fargo stagecoach thunders down [...]

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