10 recreation lakes that can survive a drought

By Tom Stienstra On a trip through California’s Gold Country last month, we drove over the dam at Lake Tulloch near Sonora, and like most, had a provocative response: Look at all that water! Tulloch, as are a few recreation lakes across Northern California, is kept full or close to it year-round, even when other […]

Keep children safe when traveling

Parents traveling overseas with children should know health risks and how to avoid them. An estimated 1.9 million American children travel internationally each year, and the number is increasing. In general, children face most of the same health risks as their parents, but the consequences can be more serious. Some conditions can be difficult to […]

Even with no flowers, Anza-Borrego’s desert inspires

By Michele Bigley A common theme in literature is the hero who goes on a search and returns with the gifts of the unexpected. It was March – typically the optimal time for wildflower shows in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park — and California faced one of the direst droughts in recent history. Yet I was […]

Spring is ‘idiot season’ in the outdoors

By Tom Stienestra At a campsite last month, I saw a campfire ring where a picnic table had been uprooted, turned on its side and set in the pit, and then partially burned as if it were firewood. As spring takes hold, the “Idiot Alert” has been sounded at parks, trails and lakes as more […]

On the go: National parks to admit service members for free

Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park are offering annual entrance passes granting free admission to military service members and their families. The annual passes will become available on Saturday, Armed Forces Day, to active duty service members and their dependents. More than 2,000 national parks, wildlife refuges, national forests, and other public lands […]

On the go: Travel tips from TripAdvisor

By Lesley Carlin Q: Every time I see a family with small children boarding an overnight flight from, say, San Francisco to Boston, I wonder what the heck they’re thinking. Why would anyone take the red-eye with little kids? Adults have enough trouble sleeping — there’s no way a toddler would be able to. And […]

Here’s how to travel 25,000 miles without a penny

By Beth J. Harpaz Michael Wigge left Berlin without a penny and traveled 25,000 miles to Antarctica, hitchhiking, bartering and working his way by ship, plane, car and foot, from Europe to Canada and the U.S. and then through Latin America. A series about his project, “How to Travel the World for Free,” is airing […]

Travels to Ecuador, Galapagos Islands recounted

World traveler Rick Powers will recount more of his adventures in a presentation from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, March 27, at the Davis Senior Center, 646 A St. Powers will show pictures and tell of his travels in Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. All are welcome to attend this free event. Sign up by […]

Haven’t booked a holiday flight yet? Smart move

By Samantha Bomkamp Haven’t booked your holiday flight yet? Smart move. The cheapest fares for Thanksgiving and Christmas aren’t going to the travelers who booked months in advance. Experts say they’ll go to those who can take advantage of some last-minute deals. In previous years, the rule was nearly always the same: Travelers who booked […]

On the go: Questions answered by TripAdvisor

By Lesley Carlin Q: Thanks to a new job requiring business travel, I have elite status with a hotel chain’s loyalty program. I’ve been getting gifts in my room — a basket of fruit, chocolates and, on a couple of occasions, half-bottles of wine. I have two questions. First, am I supposed to tip or […]

Traveling through time on the V&T Railroad

I’ve always been intrigued by trains. My grandmother is pictured next a train in the earliest known entry of my family album.

“This is my mother & father and me & Bud & sis. We used to live in N.M. That is the reason I like the West,” she wrote on the back of the photo.

My young grandmother stands in a white coat next to the train with her family, all in black. Such a mystery, that family. I never knew them. How does one satisfy the urge to unravel such mysteries? Perhaps by walking in their footsteps, or in this case, riding a similar railway.

Around the world with your local paper

Oh the places you’ve been! Italy, Indonesia, Alaska, the Jersey Shore, national parks, historical sites and even a “tropical Davisville staycation!” were among this year’s Enterprise on Vacation destinations.

And remember, it’s not too soon to start planning for next year’s contest. Pack up a paper when you go to San Francisco or Singapore, and be creative!

Aloha: UCD looks to nurture ties to Hawaii

This weekend, UC Davis administrators will be rooting for more than their underdog Aggies, who are in Hawaii to face the Rainbow Warriors on the football field for the first time. UCD officials also are hoping to strengthen ties between UCD and the University of Hawaii and reconnect with some 600 alumni scattered throughout the […]

ARC business center informs public of passport changes

The UC Davis Activities and Recreation Center’s business center plans extended hours Saturday as part of “Passport Day in the USA,” a U.S. State Department outreach effort to inform the public about travel document changes and accept passport applications. The center, on the lobby level of the ARC, will be open from 10 a.m. to […]