From all its traveling, the Pleasanton Weekly newspaper would appear to be weathered, but it hasn't skipped a beat. Over the past eight years--yes it has been that long--Pleasanton residents have participated in our "Take Us Along" feature, bringing us to far away islands, glaciers, cruise ships, camping trips, national landmarks, foreign landmarks and even underwater! About the only place we haven't been is to the moon--and we dare you to try it.
Since its inception in 2001 when then-Police Chief Tim Neal sent us a picture of himself, the Weekly and the Statue of Liberty, and unofficially inaugurating Take Us Along, we've visited all 50 states and hundreds of countries. When we celebrated seven years, the only state we hadn't been to was North Dakota, not exactly known as a "must see" destination. But luckily for us, 20-year Pleasanton resident Brandt Esser took notice of our desperate plea to visit the 19th largest state in the nation.
"There was an article in the paper that said the only state the Weekly hadn't visited is North Dakota, and I said, 'I can fix that,'" Esser said.
Since its inception, the Weekly has now published over 1,000 vacation photos and they keep coming.