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Fording a stream along Boulder Creek Road.

Nothing like those mid-winter hot spells in San Diego

My grandma used to love what she called the “winter hot spell” — a January or February week or so when, usually after a big storm, the winds would turn around and blow from the east.

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Downtown Julian

Take a ‘Jaunt to Julian’ — San Diego’s Favorite Day Trip

It’s San Diego’s favorite day trip, a Jaunt to Julian, and it’s the latest in the Joyride Guru series of Kindle travel tours. Generations have enjoyed this former gold-mining town’s old-time charm and character, as well as its apple pie. The area also has some of the most enjoyable roads in the region. Author Jack […]

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McCain Valley story

McCain Valley, the newest UT San Diego column, published today

I take a sharp new 2015 Chevrolet Colorado on a drive around the McCain Valley, the wilderness area north of the little town of Boulevard in southeastern San Diego County.

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Volvo in a Temecula vineyard.

Now online: Wine and Water, the latest Weekend Driver

Cruise up the Temecula Valley past classic vineyards and wineries to Diamond Valley Lake and the Western Science Center.

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Feather River Canyon: Remote with Road and Railroad Legends

I’ve been hearing about the Feather River Canyon my entire life. When I finally visited, I found it to be everything advertised… and shockingly quiet in the middle of the summer.

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San Pasqual Valley

Ramona Roundabout

Our route this time takes us over the county’s newest freeways and some of its oldest routes. It’s a challenging, but fully paved drive that is a treat.

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OC’s Santiago and Trabuco Canyons Are Twisty Fun

Hyundai Genesis Coupe enjoys the back roads but watch the head room.

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Great vistas from trail.

Orange-Riverside County Off Roading In a Hybrid — Weekend Trip

Mercury might be gone, but for awhile it sold an upscale version of the hybrid Ford Escape, the Mariner. Back in 2006, I took one on the rugged mountains separating the coast from southern Riverside County. Clean Climbing takes drivers on a ridge with spectacular views east and west, down some twisting, rocky and rutty […]

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There’s Always a Dirt Road Somewhere

Snow covered my first choice for a dirt road drive to test a Jeep Grand Cherokee so I headed to sometimes rugged Proctor Valley in San Diego’s south county.

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Ultimate Watering Holes

Today we’re in search of lakes — north, south and east on this San Diego day trip. I assume you can find the big lake to the west. For a region known for its beaches, San Diego county has too many lakes to count.

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