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Carrizo Plain National Monument, Pinnacles National Park and Fort Ord National Monument make for exciting tours!

Wildflowers are exploding on the Carrizo Plain in golden and purple hues!

Carrizo Plain, Pinnacles and Ft. Ord; wildflower explosion all through central and coastal California We had been up-and-down the state of California on Interstate 5 dozens of times, but never turned off near Buttonwillow to see the Carrizo Plain National Monument just an hour to the west. But several friends had recently posted photos of [...]

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Dodge Ridge, Bear Valley celebrate an epic winter with late openings and special events!

Dodge Ridge, Bear Valley celebrate an epic winter with late openings and special events! With a big winter bringing almost 40 feet of snow to Bear Valley and Dodge Ridge Ski Resorts (closest ski resorts to home for residents of San Joaquin and Stanislaus Counties), here are updates sent along by the two resorts: Dodge Ridge’s [...]

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Rainy day respites for kids and young adults in Stockton/San Joaquin County

Kids get a kick out of historical exhibits at the San Joaquin Historical Museum.

“Indoor fun in San Joaquin County”, in a wet winter! We’re six weeks into winter, with massive amounts of rain in Stockton while the Sierra has recorded epic snowfalls.  If you and kids or grandkids are getting cabin fever and desire to get out of the house and do something, consider a few outings right [...]

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Winter destinations for warm weather, camping and hiking in California!

A chollo cactus garden in Joshua Tree National Park.

Death Valley and Joshua Tree National Parks and Anza Borrego State Park offer desert serenity, winter blooms and quiet exploration! In January, our nearby Sierra mountains received over 400 inches of snow, while our valley was pelted with rain like we haven’t seen in years.  If you’re suffering cabin fever and long for sunny, warm [...]

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Tomales Bay and Pt. Reyes National Seashore make a marvelous day or weekend trip!

Pt. Reyes Lighthouse, open for tours Friday through Monday.

Journey to Tomales Bay and Pt. Reyes National Seashore for an exciting day or weekend trip! Where can you see Elephant seals, Tule elk, watch whales, stroll the beach where Sir Francis Drake claimed California for Queen Elizabeth in 1579, tour a spectacular Pacific lighthouse and gorge on freshly shucked oysters – all just 2 [...]

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8th annual Stockton Restaurant Week kicks off January 20th through 29th; eat out!

Stockton Rest. Week logo, 2017

Travel and dine locally; that’s my suggestion as the 8th annual Stockton Restaurant Week kicks off January 20th and runs through January 29. Restaurants across Stockton will come together for what has become one of Stockton’s most anticipated annual culinary events, Stockton Restaurant Week, January 20-29, 2017. Stockton Restaurant Week gives local foodies and families [...]

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Bucket List updates: N. California, Pacific Northwest and Western states!

View of the rugged Oregon coast, looking north.

Update your travel Bucket List: Suggestions for N. California, Pacific Northwest and Western states… Last week, we urged updating your travel bucket list for 2017, with suggestions for S. California and the US Southwest; this week we present N. California, Pacific Northwest and Western States ideas. Plan now for a coastal tour of California, Oregon [...]

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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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Home for the holidays – take visiting guests on a tour de grace!

Sun sets over Mt. Diablo, looking west over the San Joaquin Delta from the deck of Garlic Bros. Restaurant.

Guests in town for the holidays? Take them on an exploration of our city and county’s special places. Christmas lights: Take a driving or, better, a walking tour of Meadow Avenue, just west of Pershing, for the city’s most spectacular Christmas lights.  Take a thermos of hot chocolate and enjoy the holiday spirit! And, if [...]

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Bear Valley opens today!

Ski Bears lessen, BV photo

Bear Valley opens with limited terrain, but, it’s open! For those of you following the openings of Bear Valley and Dodge Ridge Ski Resorts…, the closest skiing to Stockton and San Joaquin County: This just in from Bear Valley: Bear Valley Opening Day is Friday, November 25 Opening weekend includes Winterfest celebration  Bear Valley, Calif. [...]

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