Travel Jottings

My wanderings are urban as well as rural, and several have taken me overseas around Europe and to North America. All have needed at least some planning: knowing what to see and where to stay remain ever present needs. That and remaining ever open to new possibilities have contributed to what you find here. Everything builds up over time, and I hope that the horizons continue expanding to mean that I can continue to share new things with you here.


Wildcat Canyon Regional Park, California, U.S.A.

Transatlantic travel is being restored, but the ongoing pandemic means that many of us still feel the need to be cautious. The more courageous have been making the best of being vaccinated, but the second winter season of the pandemic sees high case counts, so care is in order. For that reason, the compendium of websites that is presented here is there to get us dreaming and perhaps planning new escapades for when it all works out for us. Patience can provide its rewards.

Once we can get going again, places in California that I would like to see include parts of the Sierra Nevada and sections of its coastline; I am a mountain and coastline person. The San Francisco Bay Area sounds tempting, as do the Yosemite, Sequoia and King's Canyon National Parks. Additionally, the area around Lake Tahoe is an alluring proposition, especially since car-free travel could be more of a possibility there. These form my California dreams for now, and it is better to have something in mind for when opportunities arise.

Alpine County


Angel Island Conservancy

Angel Island Tiburon Ferry

Apple Hill


Avenue of the Giants


Balboa Park


Bay Nature


Big Bear Lake

Big Sur


Borrego Springs

Buellton Chamber of Commerce

California Diver

California Travel Guide

California Department of Fish & Wildlife

California Department of Parks & Recreation

California Division of Boating & Waterways

Calaveras County



Central Valley

City of Irvine

City of San Juan Capistrano

City of Santa Cruz

Coastside State Parks Foundation


Coronado Visitor Centre

County of San Mateo Parks

Del Mar Village

Del Norte

Destination Irvine

Destination Lancaster

Discover Buellton


East Bay Parks


Far Northern California


Fishing Network

Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks

Greater Ontario

Greater Palm Springs


Henry W. Coe State Park

High Sierra Hikers Association

Highway 1 Discovery Route




Kern County

Knights Ferry

La Jolla by the Sea

La Quinta

Lake Arrowhead

Lake County

Lake Tahoe

Legendary Napa Valley



Long Beach

Los Angeles

Lost Coast Adventure Tours

Love Beverly Hills

Madera County

Mammoth Lakes

Marin County

Marin County Parks

Marina del Rey

Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District

Mission Trails Regional Park



Morro Bay

Mount Diablo Interpretive Association

Mountain Parks Foundation

Nevada City

North of Ordinary

North Lake Tahoe

Outward Bound California

Pacific City

Pacific Coast Highway Travel

Pacific Grove

Palm Desert

Palm Springs

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway


Paso Robles

Pismo Beach

Railroad Park Resort

Rancho Mirage


Reserve California


Sacramento River Train


San Diego

San Francisco Bay Ferry

San Francisco Recreation & Parks

San Francisco

San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo County

San Mateo County

Santa Barbara

Santa Clara County Parks

Santa Cruz

Santa Maria Valley

Santa Monica

Santa Ynez Valley


Sierra Nevada Shuttles

Skunk Train


Sonoma County

Sonoma Valley

Southern California Mountaineers Association


Suisun Marsh

Tahoe City

Tahoe South

Travel Costa Mesa

Turtle Bay Exploration Park



Ventura County Coast

Visit Anaheim

Visit Berkeley

Visit California

Visit Carlsbad

Visit Del Norte County

Visit El Dorado

Visit Escondido

Visit Fresno County

Visit Gilroy

Visit Huntingdon Beach

Visit Laguna Beach

Visit Mendocino

Visit Napa Valley

Visit Newport Beach

Visit Oceanside

Visit Oakland

Visit Redding

Visit Sacramento

Visit San Jose

Visit Santa Clara

Visit Temecula Valley

Visit Tuolumne County

Visit Tri-Valley

Visit Vacaville

Visit Vallejo

Visit Yolo

West Hollywood

Yosemite Mariposa County

Yosemite National Park