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Total Escape is California, off the beaten path

the new site: Total Escape

New Site

The original Total Escape web site, is now called "CLASSIC" and it has a new header navigation.
http://www.totalescape.com/classic.html
It's got all the same pages as the older site, from day one (back to 1996). Certain old pages now redirect to new pages, but all in all, the pages are intact and page links are working.

The new, upgraded mobile-friendly portion of the site is on top level, right here on this page - HOME
http://www.totalescape.com/index.html
A much more robust site and database, overlaying the original site - so everything is still accessible and visually uniform. Main tabs at very top lead to the redesigned pages. Check out the brand new search bar, with image search capabilities. Discover tags. Tag archives are listed at the bottom, on every post.

Autumn Colors in California



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ancient: 23 years online!

We're still here, thousands of pages and decades later. Way outside the city limits, beyond the county line. No wifi, no smart meters, no gaming addictions, no traffic lights, no city noise. Rural living in California still exist. Hike on the weekends, bike to work, boating mid-week, we have you covered for destinations. Find a new creekside camp spot, a waterfall, trailhead or an ancient lava cave. Total Escape - Two whole decades online. Not quite obsolete.

Craving the Wild? Minimal or no cell signal in the California mountain regions was common through the 1990's. No digital mobile cell network. Before the tweets, the constant memes and paralysis of our current, modern techno-crazed culture, DanaMite started this travel web site way back in 1996. Catchy phrases like, FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) did not yet exist.


Total Escape features abundant real photos of real places. Secluded destinations, camping and lodging, examining the best back roads, side routes, the topo maps (to get you out there). Locals-only travel tips, gear reviews, festivals and events.

Juicy content specific only to California. Focusing on outdoor destinations, small towns and budget-minded travel since 1996, we've recreated the weekend getaway - without the crowds. Escape the matrix, the city life, the traffic jams and learn how to avoid the tourist traps. Drive on past the factory outlet malls and the water slides, we've got much more to show you. Way out there, on the back roads, and in the backcountry.

Wilderness in California - more nature, less people.

Online 23 years!


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