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Recent articles by Tim:

Here are 5 short road trip destinations near San Joaquin County

Here are a few places where travelers can sate their wanderlust, access Northern California’s scenery, avoid big crowds and enjoy the great outdoors. → Read More

Exploring the West Coast’s 'Ring of Fire' and other western bucket list trips

The western ring of fire trip takes in active and former volcanoes, spectacular scenery and will lead you to parks that experience fewer visitors. → Read More

Looking back at 2021 travels and looking ahead to 2022 adventures

Distant travels seem best postponed for the foreseeable future; all the more reason to explore intriguing destinations in the San Joaquin Valley. → Read More

Bucket list travel plans for 2022: Dream, plan, prepare for safe travels

Dream, plan, prepare for safe travels in 2022, and consider new destinations close to home. → Read More

Dream, talk, plan, prep: Use the holidays to plan your next family vacation

What better time to to plan your next adventure than during your holiday get togethers? Her → Read More

Dodge Ridge, Bear Valley are places for skiing adventures as snowstorms open resorts

Dodge Ridge and Bear Valley resorts are open and provide affordable skiing and riding options → Read More

Holiday visit to Old Sacramento offers festive cheer, history, Christmas light show

The eminently walkable historic district offers unique shops, restaurants and Christmas pageantry wherever you turn. → Read More

Make being home for the holidays special with these activities in San Joaquin County

In a county with marvelous history and serious diversity, your options for holiday activities are plentiful. Here are recommendations for any age. → Read More

The ultimate winter vacation: Glacier, Yellowstone national parks offer scenic beauty, snowy fun

Enjoy the ultimate winter parks trip by taking in Glacier and Yellowstone national parks. → Read More

Snowy and scenic: Enjoy winter adventure at the grandest of the West's state, national parks

From snow play, sledding, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and alpine skiing, here are nearby and iconic destinations for winter fun. → Read More

Spokane, Washington, in heart of the Inland Empire, offers plenty of kid-friendly sights

Scenic Spokane, Washington, has been on a steady, well-rounded transformation focused on families. → Read More

Las Vegas on the cheap: Things to do in Sin City that are free or close to it

Enjoy a fun-filled week in Sin City with a variety of activities that are free or pretty close to it. → Read More

Plan a getaway to see Yellowstone, Grand Teton National Parks in winter splendor

Glacier and Yellowstone/Grand Teton National Parks are special places, particularly in winter, with other-worldly scenery and more animals than people. → Read More

On the Road: Notes from the road in the age of COVID-19

We are now nearing end of the fifth month of the COVID pandemic impact upon our lives. After a few nearby road trips, we are planning an upcoming six-day → Read More

On the Road: Route 66, road tripping with history and panache!

"Get your kicks on Route 66," goes the popular song from 1946 by Bobby Troup.My first exposure to Route 66 occurred summer of 1962, when my mother packed my two brothers and me in the back of a Ford station wagon towing a Nimrod tent trailer and set off from Ohio to Chicago, then following Route 66 all the way to Southern California. Before our dad flew into Los Angeles to join us — we had two… → Read More

Road trip: Lake Tahoe’s western shore in age of pandemics

Four months into the COVID-19 pandemic and a month into summer, Lake Tahoe lies resplendent, as always, under a hot July sun.Winter’s snows can only be spotted at the highest Sierra elevations, melting into shady crevices, and motels, hotels and restaurants are running at reduced capacity and shortened hours (some are closed). Suffering cabin fever, we decided upon a one-day road trip.Our… → Read More

Road trip: Exploring the San Joaquin River Delta

A veteran of San Joaquin County recently complained about how flat our topography was. I suggested he take a short road trip to the San Joaquin/Sacramento → Read More

On the Road: My favorite road trips within 3 hours from San Joaquin County

Many of us have been homebound, or mostly so, for almost three months — dreaming of past and future travels. With California counties beginning phased re-openings, as well as our state, national parks and hospitality businesses coming back online; it's time to think "road trip."Here are suggestions for fun destinations just 2-3 hours from San Joaquin County. With each road trip, key landmarks,… → Read More

Bucket list trips: Visit the Pacific Ring of Fire, California to Washington

We are now into 2½ months of sheltering at home — reflecting on past and future travels. States across the West are entering into phased reopenings, as well as national parks; now’s the time to firm up one or more of those bucket list trip destinations. With California’s Joshua Tree, Redwoods and Lassen National Parks announcing reopenings, as well as Yellowstone, Grand Canyon and several of… → Read More

On the road: Add Utah’s iconic national parks, plus the Grand Canyon’s North Rim, to your travel bucket list

Many of us have been homebound, or mostly so, for more than two months — often dreaming of past and future travels. With states across the United States beginning phased re-openings, as well as our national parks, now’s the time to firm up one or more of those bucket list trip destinations.Just in the past 10 days, California’s Joshua Tree, Redwoods and Lassen national parks have announced… → Read More