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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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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 Railroad Museum provides unique anchor to Old Sacramento

The Governor Stanford locomotive was the first for the Central Pacific; built in Philadelphia, shipped around Cape Horn and entered service in Sacramento in 1863.

The California Railroad Museum anchors the north end of Old Sacramento in our state capital. It’s one of the top railroad museums in the country, and celebrates the railroads’ huge impacts on California’s state-hood, Gold Rush and subsequent growth boom. Before gold was discovered in 1848 in the tail race of Sutter’s Mill in Coloma, California [...]

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Sacramento; touring our Capital City, Old Sacramento and downtown

New entertainment and sports complex, future home to Sacramento Kings, is under construction on K Street, due to open in October, 2016.

  The State of California Capital is always a fun visit for both young and old! The light rail line, run by the Regional Transit District, runs through downtown Sacramento. A trolley to connect West Sacramento to Midtown is in the plan stages. The old Governor’s Mansion is open daily for tours, located on north [...]

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Valentine’s Day destinations for you and your sweetheart in Northern California

The Point Arena Lighthouse on CA coast, north of Jenner.

          Valentine’s Day is fast approaching – if you’re looking for special destinations in Northern California, several pop quickly into my wife’s and my mind!  In 45 years of marriage, my wife has taught me that a special Valentine’s destination has these attributes: scenic, somewhat secluded, fine and somewhat-dressy restaurant(s) nearby, [...]

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California Auto Museum and nearby Old Sacramento offer exciting day or weekend-trip

This huge 1933 Lincoln Limo once was the car of A. P. Giannini, head of the Bank of Italy, which would become the Bank of America.

The tail fin of a 1959 Cadillac celebrates perhaps the “zenith year” in tail fin popularity among American classic cars! This huge 1933 Lincoln Limo once was the car of A. P. Giannini, head of the Bank of Italy, which would become the Bank of America.   1965 and 1966 Ford Cobras take center stage! [...]

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Delta river steamboats navigated the marine highway until World War II

The Delta King working the Sacramento River about 1935; it was the zenith of luxury river travel from San Francisco to Sacrmento!

The Dover, pulling a barge behind on her hog post. The Delta King is preserved as a floating museum, hotel and restaurant on the Old Sacramento waterfront. The Delta King working the Sacramento River about 1935; it was the zenith of luxury river travel from San Francisco to Sacramento! Who would have thought that Sacramento [...]

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The Sacramento River Delta: Sacramento to Walnut Grove…historic marine highway!

The Delta King, built in Stockton in 1927, was the zenith of luxury passenger travel from San Francisco to Sacramento, operating from 1927 to 1941.  It's moored beside Old Sacramento on the Sacramento River, open as a floating hotel, restaurant and theater.

  The Old Sugar Mill is home to a dozen wineries and gourmet shops; it is the former Chrystal Sugar Refinery, dating to the 1930s, located on the north edge of Clarksburg. Elk Slough is a typical Delta waterway, and leads you to Bogle Vineyards and a most scenic drive. Huck Finn should round the [...]

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Old Sacramento: Built by the Gold Rush…where what’s old is new again!

The Delta King Riverboat is now a floating hotel, restaurant and theater (and, museum) on the Old Sacramento waterfront!  It was built in Stockton and began Delta service in 1927.

Joe’s Crab Shack and the Rio City Cafe on the Sacramento riverfront (with historic Tower Bridge in distance) are favorite restaurants in Old Sacramento! Southern Pacific Locomotive 6051 takes visitors on tours along the Sacramento River in open-air rail cars; kids love these trips! View of 2nd Street in Old Sac indicates how bicycle-friendly these old streets [...]

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