Hi and Welcome! Explore America with us on backroads.
We’re Stu and Barb, The Traveling Seniors. We graduated high school together 50 years ago (that can’t be true)! We lost touch for 30 years but suddenly we’re exploring America together! And, yes, senior travel is thrilling!
We photograph, giggle and blog our way down backroads exploring America. Think local food, colorful people and surprises everywhere. Long live mom & pop establishments and backroads!
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When Stu asked me to do videos during our cross-country trip I was both excited and intimidated! I had never done a video before! But IPhones are so cool and the videos you can get are really pretty good. So, I jumped right in.
The video footage on my phone kept growing fast! I quickly found out that I love putting videos together and adding music!! I am hoping that someday, my videos will really get good! In the meantime, I am turning into a videoing maniac!!!!
Heading through New Mexico the terrain kept changing so I was going nuts with the IPhone. I leaned out the window to get a great shot and whoosh! The phone was gone!!!! I gasped an “Oh, God!” and turned to Stu with bulging eyes as he watched my precious phone bounce down the centerline of the highway in his rearview mirror! Would the thing still work? What about all the video clips and photos I’d taken as we traveled 5 states???? What about staying in touch with family and friends? What would this catastrophic mistake cost me? Already on a budget, all I could imagine was the total cost of an entirely new phone!
Stu turned the car around a mile or so down the highway and we went searching high and low. Turns out, (thankfully) the phone did not bounce into the median. There she was-right by the centerline gleaming in the afternoon sun.
Just look at her!!!!!! Poor thing!!!! Shattered and dead, that phone looked like trucks had run over it at least 50 times!
No tears on my part, but it was a quiet ride for an hour or so as I talked with my provider and insurance folks. Next morning, we drove from Las Cruces to Albuquerque for four hours to get to the handy-dandy Apple store to trade in my hot mess and re-enter the communicating wide world!
Know how we are all so dependent on our phones? 24-hours without one is a learning experience in humility and helplessness. By the way, only the fateful day’s videos and photos were gone forever so I lucked out. That photo leaning out the window????? It was gonna be a great shot!