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Seeking your favorite vacation places! Or, would you like a travel speaker?

A Haleakola sunrise on Maui, one of our favorite places on earth!

Seeking your favorite vacation places! Or, would you like a travel speaker? For a future travel feature, we’re seeking your favorite destinations within an hour or two of STOCKTON for close-to-home long-weekends or vacations. Send me your destination, why you like it, and if you have a favorite picture, attach that as well. We will [...]

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Rainy day respites for kids and young adults in Stockton/San Joaquin County

Kids get a kick out of historical exhibits at the San Joaquin Historical Museum.

“Indoor fun in San Joaquin County”, in a wet winter! We’re six weeks into winter, with massive amounts of rain in Stockton while the Sierra has recorded epic snowfalls.  If you and kids or grandkids are getting cabin fever and desire to get out of the house and do something, consider a few outings right [...]

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Home for the holidays – take visiting guests on a tour de grace!

Sun sets over Mt. Diablo, looking west over the San Joaquin Delta from the deck of Garlic Bros. Restaurant.

Guests in town for the holidays? Take them on an exploration of our city and county’s special places. Christmas lights: Take a driving or, better, a walking tour of Meadow Avenue, just west of Pershing, for the city’s most spectacular Christmas lights.  Take a thermos of hot chocolate and enjoy the holiday spirit! And, if [...]

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Festival of Trees makes December perfect time to visit San Joaquin Historical Museum!

Museum docents prepare holiday decorations for the festival.

Anytime is a fine time to visit our county’s historical museum in Micke Grove Park near Lodi, but December is the “put it on your calendar” time! In December, the museum complex comes alive with both Christmas cheer and the stunning Festival of Trees! Featuring more than three-score beautifully decorated unique Christmas trees, the San [...]

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Stockton, San Joaquin summer-time destinations for the kids

The Water Fountain at Weber Point always draws big crowd of kids to its cooling waters!

Get the kids out of the house and into summer adventure! OK, your kids are just weeks into summer vacation, and, they are B-O-R-E-D! What to do…? Let them scan this list of kid’s favorites, polish their own list and get them out of the house and into the community’s wonderful attractions! Here’s a running [...]

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What makes your Stockton/San Joaquin County Bucket List?

Grandson Jack Taylor poses outside Stockton's Children's Museum.

I’m working on a “Stockton/San Joaquin County Bucket List”, for a future article in the Record newspaper and my travel blog. Here’s your assignment:  Assume you have special guests in town: 1. What are the two most special places or activities you would show off to guests, in Stockton or San Joaquin County? 2. For your favorite, please share [...]

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Wild, scenic and historic state parks, close to San Joaquin County, perfect for spring outings!

Mt. Diablo's flank, looking west from Northgate Road.

Mt. Diablo, Calaveras Big Trees, Columbia Historic Park, Railtown 1897 Park - close to Stockton, stunning in spring! With the advent of spring, several glorious state parks close to San Joaquin county back in. Spring, with recent rain and breezes clearing the air, make a fine time to tour to places such as Mount Diablo State [...]

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Sierra snows; skiing, boarding, cross country and sledding, just two hours from Stockton!

After several years of below average snows, skiers and boarders are dreaming the predictions of an El Nino winter come true.  Early storms are allowing opening of nearby ski areas and the two “closest snows to home”, Dodge Ridge and Bear Valley ski resorts, are opening November 25 and 28, respectively. Dodge Ridge Ski Resort, [...]

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Discovering Native American history in San Joaquin County; Haggin Museum’s and San Joaquin Historical Society’s Native People’s galleries

Recreation of a Native American village at the Haggin Museum.

In San Joaquin County, there are several places to learn of the history of our Native American people. One is Stockton’s Haggin Museum, another is the San Joaquin Historical Museum in Micke Grove Park, Lodi. With holiday breaks coming, time for touring our history! These haunting words are found in the Haggin Museum’s California Room: [...]

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Traveling on foot; running and walking in Stockton and San Joaquin County

Costumed as holiday turkeys, two runners have fun at the Thanksgiving Run and Walk.

Today, travel by walking and running, for health, to reduce auto miles, to see more of your city and county.  To really see the scenic parts of your city or county – you can’t do it from the seat of the car. You have to walk, or as many do, run, to get to the [...]

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