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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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Off the beaten track; hidden gems close to San Joaquin County

Eves of the old Westside Lumber Company stand in eerie silence in Tuolumne City; shuttered for over 50 years.

Winter will soon officially arrive, along with holiday houseguests and kids soon to be out of school. What to do, for outings for a day, or longer? Here are several destinations within an hour for day tours, or a bit further for multi-day tours that are just right for winter months – offering usually sunny [...]

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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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Fall Northern California destinations, far from the maddening crowds!

The Point Arena Lighthouse is one of the attractions on the rugged California coast, above Jenner and Ft. Ross.

If you are like many Californians, you’ve visited the California ocean shore or one of our national parks in the summer and faced monster crowds to reach the beach or the park’s attractions, to find a place to eat and found hotel fees in the stratosphere. Depending on our forecasted El Niño, Northern California often [...]

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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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Mission San Juan Bautista, Mission San Antonio bookend majestic Pinnacles National Park

Mission San Antonio interior is a wonder of color and light.

  Arches form a breezeway for Mission San Antonio. The Plaza Hall and Plaza Stables stand across the green plaza at Mission San Juan Bautista. Arches of Mission San Juan Bautista run for length of a football field! Machete Ridge forms the backbone of volcanic Pinnacles National Park (photo courtesy National Park Service) Author Tim [...]

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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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Your tour of California national parks is underway; coming up, Yosemite!

Half Dome and Vernal Falls, from the Glacier Point overlook in Yosemite National Park

  Here our Scotty teardrop trailer overlooks Kings Canyon National Park from a scenic overlook at its partner park, Sequoia NP Machete Ridge is a standout feature of Pinnacles National Park, near Hollister, CA Last week, we introduced you to Pinnacles National Park, south of Hollister, CA.   Some of the best, most iconic and the second-oldest [...]

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Pinnacles National Park, CA, a story of volcanoes, faults and eons of erosion!

Scenic Bear Gulch Reservoir is the reward of a several mile hike in Pinnacles National Park

Author’s spouse, Susan, stands near a cave entrance on one of Pinnacles hiking trails Talus caves, like Bear Gulch Cave, are formed when giant boulders fall into narrow canyons Nicely appointed campground, set amidst valley oaks, await campers and tenters in Pinnacles Mission San Antonio’s arches frame a breezeway at the mission, south of Pinnacles [...]

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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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