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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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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!

Family enjoys the view and the skiing in Boulder Creek Canyon at Dodge Ridge Ski Area.

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!

Peninsular Bighorn Sheep, the park's name-sake, are an endangered species, with only about 200 left inside the park.

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!

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

General Sherman Sequoia, 40' in diameter and largest tree in the world, attacts crowd while ranger shares highlights!

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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