hand selected items, from Total Escape

It finally happened. The old Amazon cgi scripts from 2005, bit the dust over the holiday season; after 15 years of reliable service, might I add. Recent redesigns on our navigation headers, have caused an increase in web traffic, so the old code tends to break if pushed to excess. I’m trying to fix the bugs as fast as I can. Please excuse the occasional errors.

All through the past week or so, I’ve spent reworking all the older HTML pages w/ new Amazon products. Carefully selected, hand picked, four and five star items, specific to the topic or destination on each page. Top selling, rare books and outdoor gear, loads of great information, maps and travel stories.


winter reading: 

January Fairs, Festival and Events



Visually walk through 2 decades of Road Trips in our Flickr albums.


Ads (advertisements) seen on this website aren’t just nuisances; they are the primary way free websites make the money necessary to keep going.

site redesign

Yep, we finally upgraded. DanaMite went ahead and changed everything this season. Screwing it all up, confusing you. Don’t worry  – All the pages are still in here, just the menus and window dressing has changed. Find more of what you are looking for and dig deeper into this outdoor travel site, for all the juicy content.

introducing our new navigation headers w/ more search-ability

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Total Escape features ONLY local travel in California. Much of it is free or inexpensive, primarily on the back roads – with abundant nature and outdoor activities.

We list only the mom-n-pop, independent lodges – without the chain hotels and giant resorts. We list all cabins, RV parks, yurts, campgrounds and tent cabins. Sledding hills, snow mobile areas, hot springs, indian petroglyphs, old mining camps and ghost towns. Off roading areas, massive sand dunes, and all the desert parks. Hiking, biking, kayaking and so much more. We have ice skating rinks listed, bike rental shops, and every wilderness area in the Golden State.

Explore this site, over 10,000 pages – on just California.

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stay on trails

California, off the beaten path