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6 more one-tank vacations close to Stockton and San Joaquin County

The General Sherman sequoia in Sequoia National Park always draws a crowd!

For six more one-tank vacations close to Stockton and San Joaquin County, you can’t go wrong with these! Following last week’s recommendations, here are six other alluring summer destinations, all within about three hours or less from San Joaquin County, ranging from south to north. Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Parks: These majestic parks share a common [...]

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San Francisco by bicycle; cycling the wonderous sights along the waterfront

Friend Steve and author Tim on two Brompton folding bikes, with Golden Gate Bridge in distance.

                                                         Our considerable challenge: could four of us bike San  Francisco for several days, avoid hills and traffic and test out a couple new “folding bikes”? We began our San Francisco overnight adventure when we picked up our two friends in Fairoaks, [...]

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Visions of San Francisco; best breakfast, the “crookedist street” and a sad Candlestick Park

Breakfast of Bacon, avocado and cheese omlet, clam chowder, coffee and Bloody Mary at The Ramp restaurant, a mile south of AT&T Ballpark.

        My spouse Susan and I spent New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day in San Francisco, on two spectacularly sunny, clear and nippy days. On New Year’s Day, we had breakfast at our favorite waterfront restaurant, the Ramp, a mile south of AT&T Park, then journeyed to see one of the [...]

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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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San Francisco’s Hyde Street Pier, once part of US Hwy. 101, offers living history amid historic ships!

The stately three-masted, square-rigged Balclutha, built in 1886 in Scotland, was a workhorse for California for many years; it's open and decked out for daily, realistic historic tours on the pier!

  Only the Captain and his family had luxury quarters on the 1886 Balclutha; the balance of the 29 person crew lived a much more Spartan lifestyle! Across the pier from the ferry Eureka is the old Eppleton Hall, built a hundred years ago in England, a side-wheel steel tug that once plied the Bay.   [...]

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Warships, tall ships and historic watercraft of the Bay Area: Part II

The 301' Balclutha, a three-masted, square-rigged schooner dating to the 1880s, and the Eppleton Hall, a steam tug boat, are just two of the many historic ships anchored at the Hyde Street Pier!

The Hyde Street Cable Car turnaround is just a block up the street from the Hyde Street Pier. Here cable cars are turned on a hand-powered turntable and loaded for the trip back up Hyde Street! USS Pamponito, a World War II fleet submarine, sank six Japaneses ships and damaged four others; the sub and [...]

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San Francisco waterfront by bicycle (or, foot, trolley) from AT&T Park to Golden Gate Bridge

The Balclutha, historic 1886 three-masted square-rigged schooner, at Hyde Street Pier.

USS Pampanito, World War II fleet submarine, on display at Fisherman’s Wharf. Cyclist peddles past the Ferry Building, on well-marked bright green bike lane separating her from traffic on the Embarcadeo. Cable car at the foot of Hyde Street, just a block up the hill from the Hyde Street Pier! The Balclutha, historic 1886 three-masted [...]

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Warships, tall ships and historic watercraft of the Bay Area

The USS Hornet looms large over our tour group (L to R, Tom Wilson, Tom Garing, Rick Dubin and author Tim Viall).

Kids can get a lesson in piloting a huge aircraft carrier in the Hornet’s bridge, guided by docents, many of them former crew members (photo courtesy Carri Stever). The Hornet’s flight deck, as seen from the bridge, saw Jimmie Doolittle’s squadron of B-25s depart on secret mission to attack Japan in World War II (photo [...]

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San Francisco: Undiscovered pleasures, just west of Fisherman’s Wharf: Part II of II

Tourists flock to San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf, Pier 39 and Embarcadero waterfront.  Far less visited but offering an equal amount of awe and interest, is the waterfront just west of Fisherman’s Wharf.   Visitors can take in this panoply of engaging sites by walking, bicycling or by auto.   Moving west of Fisherman’s Wharf, one finds [...]

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San Francisco: Undiscovered pleasures, just west of Fisherman’s Wharf, Part I of II

Tourists flock to San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf, Pier 39 and Embarcadero waterfront.  Far less visited but offering an equal amount of awe and interest, is the waterfront just west of Fisherman’s Wharf.   Visitors can take in this panoply of engaging sites by walking, bicycling or by auto – and the views are simply stunning!   [...]

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    Viall is a local travel writer who retired in late 2012 after 10 years as executive director of Stockton, CA's, Emergency Food Bank and six years with the Downtown Stockton Alliance. Previously, a 21-year career in daily newspapers helped shape his ... Read Full
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