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Kit Carson and Silver Lake leave lasting impressions along scenic Highway 88

Scout Kit Carson and Silver Lake leave lasting impressions along scenic Highway 88 For 30-plus years, we’ve been taking long weekend trips up to South Lake Tahoe and the western shore of that dramatic lake, often choosing Highway 50 out of Sacramento for access. Almost as frequently, we have elected a return along Highway 88; […]

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Exploring the Donner Pass area; one historic and scenic square mile!

One historic and scenic square mile; exploring the Donner Pass area Most readers have crossed Donner Pass on Interstate 80 dozens of times, headed to Reno and destinations east. Far fewer have taken the Norden exit onto the old Donner Pass Road/historic Highway 40 to discover one of the state’s most significant square miles in […]

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High Sierra adventure; Hwy. 108, Sonora to Sonora Pass offers fun and adventure!

Pinecrest Lake, at almost 5,700 feet, attracts crowds of both swimmers and fishermen to its clear, cold waters. Relief Reservoir shines its azure blue waters about 2.5 miles up the trail from Kennedy Meadows Resort. The high Sierra, looking northeast from Sonora Pass; great hiking from this vantage point! Horsemen and pack animals from Kennedy […]

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

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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Dodge Ridge, Bear Valley Ski Resorts prep for opening of 2016-17 ski season

The closest snow to home is just two hours from Stockton! Though another big storm is required before our county’s nearest ski resorts can open, Dodge Ridge Ski Resort and Bear Valley Ski Resort are prepping for another snowy season. Both resorts are closer than other options in the Lake Tahoe area, family-friendly, less expensive […]

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Ski season and El Nino; scientific and hopeful prognosis!

For you downhill skiers, XC trekkers and snowshoers, here’s a both a scientific and hopeful report, passed along by Dodge Ridge Ski Area, on the expected, near-term El Niño winter for the central sierra. Hence, aficionados of skiing or snowshoeing in the Dodge Ridge/Highway 108, or Bear Valley/Hwy. 4 corridors, should have high expectations. And, […]

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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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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, CA, parched, hot, alien and stunning!

California Fan Palms grace the oasis at top of Palm Canyon, fed by a creek that disappears into the desert sands just a 1/2 mile below the oasis. Rangy Ocotillo plants can grow to 15 feet; the slightest moisture will set bright red flowers to bloom. Mojave Yucca sends up tall stalks prior to stunning […]

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

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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Sequoia National Park; home of the giants and sister to Kings Canyon!

Huge grove of Sequoias stands as sentinels to entrance to General Grant Grove. Our Scotty at Sequoia overlook, with sister park Kings Canyon and Sierra in background. Our Scotty teardrop trailer is right at home with the big boys in Lodgepole Campground!   Susan Viall stands in front of downed, 20′ diameter Sequoia. The Tunnel […]

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