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12 weekends of Summer; a dozen one-tank vacations nearby (Part 1 of 2)!

May Lake, a short hike off Hwy. 120 on way up to the Tuolumne Meadows area in Yosemite.

Get ready, get set:  with 12 weekends of Summer, a dozen one-tank vacations nearby! Summer is a week old; have you planned your weekends and vacation(s)?  If not, here are a dozen suggestions for the remaining summer weeks/weekends (six this week, six more next, starting a few hours north of Stockton and moving clockwise to [...]

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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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Five glorious parks within four hours of San Joaquin County; beat the heat and crowds!

Sequoia's General Sherman tree, with a 40' diameter trunk is, by volume, the world's largest tree!

Beat the summer heat and crowds while basking in nature’s glory in these five close-at-hand parks! We’re less than a week from the start of summer, it’s getting hot in the valley – and you haven’t made your summer travel plans yet? Let’s consider some of the nearby parks and natural wonders that can take [...]

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Travel bucket list; update your travel plans for destinations close to N. California

Rare Bighorn Sheep can be spotted in the mountains in Anza Borrego State Park.

We central Californians are blessed by close proximity to an amazing world just outside our door. Last week we ushered in a New Year with suggestions to update your bucket list of US and worldly travel destinations.  This week we offer suggestions within California. August 25, 2016 marks the 100th anniversary of our National Park [...]

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Northern California: Five summer travel destinations, far from the maddening crowd

    With summertime almost upon us, families, particularly those with kids, are targeting some of the most popular travel destinations in N. California. These include Lake Tahoe, Yosemite and the Napa and Sonoma Valleys, to name a few.  That can mean maddening crowds, traffic snarls and impossibilities in book campgrounds or lodging nearby. Close [...]

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Rethink your California “Bucket List for 2015″; epic destinations!

The General Sherman Tree, in Sequoia National Park, is largest tree in the world, and always draws an admiring crowd!

We live in, arguably, the most spectacular state in America. With all the wonderful destinations at your beck and call and the start of a New Year approaching, I suggest you update your bucket list of California destinations for 2015.  To whet your appetite, here are some of our favorites – most of them in [...]

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Redding celebrates as the Sun Dial Bridge reaches 10th anniversary!

Couple poses under the Sun Dial Bridge's delicate filigree of cables spanning the Sacramento River in Redding.

  The approach to the iconic Sun Dial Bridge in Redding shows off its modern and airy structure. Shasta’s old stores and hotels are mere skeletons, preserved in Shasta State Historic Park! Western Star Masonic Temple, dating to 1854, is oldest Masonic Temple in CA, and anchors Shasta’s Main Street, Hwy. 299. Weaverville is a [...]

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Lassen Volcanic National Park; land of fire and ice!

Lake Helen on Memorial Day Weekend remains frozen solid at 8,000 feet, on the road through Lassen Park; that is Mt. Lassen rising majestically behind the lake.

  Lake Helen on Memorial Day Weekend remains frozen solid at 8,000 feet, on the road through Lassen Park; that is Mt. Lassen rising majestically behind the lake. The Sulpher Works, near Lassen’s southwest entrance, was a privately owned sulfer producer and tourist spa until the1950s; today if offers burbling mud pots and hot springs, [...]

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California’s iconic national parks; some of most spectacular in USA!

Rugged Pinnacles Natonal Park offers the remnants of a volcano; a volcano near Los Angeles!  Located on the San Andreas Fault, Pinnacles is slowly moving northward, about 2-3 inches each year!

Here our little teardrop trailer is parked overlooking Kings Canyon National Park from a Sequoia National Park overlook. The two parks share a common boundary in the Sierra, just east of Fresno! Rugged Pinnacles Natonal Park offers the remnants of a volcano; a volcano near Los Angeles! Located on the San Andreas Fault, Pinnacles National [...]

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