September 17, 2018

PICKER’S PARADISE: WALNUT VALLEY FESTIVAL & NATIONAL FLAT PICK GUITAR CHAMPIONSHIP

The Walnut Valley Festival and National Flat Pick Guitar Championship is always the third weekend of September in Winfield, Kansas. Winfield is unique among festivals because it is as down home as it gets!  As always, the music is world-class and the foot stompin’ non-stop. 2018 marks the 47th year for the Walnut Valley Festival and fans are gathered from all over the world. The purpose of the festival is to host the National Guitar Flat-Picking Championships and among aficionados is now referred to simply as “Winfield.”     The Festival has evolved from the original 2 days in 1972 to 5 days and has four stages performing simultaneously; a quality…

September 10, 2018

THE MAGNIFICENT Grand Canyon: A GALLERY

Grand Canyon Sunset

The Traveling Seniors hope you enjoy this gallery of photos of our visit to the magnificent Grand Canyon in Arizona. All photos were taken by Stu Schaefer of The Traveling Seniors and are available for purchase on SmugMug.                

September 3, 2018

I AM NO VIDEOGRAPHER

I am no videographer. So, when Stu asked me to video our travel adventures, I was really nervous. After all, he is a professional photographer! I have so much to learn!  But, hey, why not try? So I learned iMovie and took my trusty iPhone everywhere to practice taking videos. That’s how I became a video-taking fool on our recent cross-country roadtrip.       LEARNING VIDEO WHILE TRAVELING     Being a newbie, I took videos of everything. Rocks (note: they don’t move), flowers (not a lot of action there either) and scenery as we drove down the highways (reminiscent of the blurred movies my mom took from the…

August 30, 2018

HIKE THE BARTRAM TRAIL IN North Carolina

Hike the Bartram Trail in North Carolina! This is a hidden trail that many people may miss.     We love to hike and explore but we aren’t youngsters anymore. So we search for trails or parts of trails that we can negotiate fairly easily. We aren’t against hills and a steep trail as long as that portion doesn’t last forever!     The Bartram Trail can be difficult but we found a portion that was tailor-made for us with unending views as the reward.       TRAIL HISTORY     The Bartram Trail was established to honor naturalist William Bartram, who spent four years (1773-1777) exploring the southeast…

August 27, 2018

TAKE A BACKROADS TRIP: COLLEGIATE PEAKS SCENIC DRIVE, COLORADO

Take a backroads trip on the Collegiate Peaks Scenic Drive in Colorado!     The Collegiate Peaks Scenic Drive is an old stagecoach route through canyons carved by the Arkansas River in Colorado. The American Gold Rush, dancing waters, white cliffs and ghost towns are awaiting you!     The paved scenic route is 57 miles long and took us many hours to drive since we stopped to admire vistas and take photographs. If you drive straight through, you can travel the route in only 2-3 hours.     This scenic drive could be called “the Avenue of the Fourteeneers.” This drive parallels the Continental Divide at the foot of the Sawatch…

August 23, 2018

TAKE A COASTAL TRIP: HISTORIC NEW BERN, North Carolina

Take a coastal trip to historic New Bern, North Carolina and spend some time walking through 300 + years of American history!  We were enthralled with New Bern’s many Historic Heritage Tours, including the:     Revolutionary War tour Civil War tour Architectural Walking tour Churches & Cemetery tour Historic Homes tour Walk to Remember tour African-American Heritage tour   New Bern has four historic districts with homes, stores and churches dating as far back as the early 18th century. Picture strolling New Bern’s tree-lined streets and walking by colonial homes!  We felt as if we were pedestrians in early America on each city block! New Bern has over 150 sites on…

August 20, 2018

THE BEST COFFEE IN ASHEVILLE, North Carolina

Asheville, North Carolina is known for individuality and creativity! We found the coffee scene in Asheville, North Carolina is robust (pardon the pun) and diverse!      Stu and I BOTH love coffee. I mean, we LOVE coffee!  Stu makes almost daily visits to Starbucks when he is home from travels. Rest assured, Asheville has plenty of Starbucks locations to satisfy fans. Since we know Starbucks so well, we focused on independent coffee shops in Asheville.     So, where is the best coffee in Asheville, North Carolina?       COFFEE IN ASHEVILLE     Asheville has always taken the love of coffee to a different level.     In days gone…

August 13, 2018

TAKE A BACKROADS TRIP: SEE WATERFALLS IN NORTH CAROLINA

Take a backroads trip to see waterfalls in North Carolina!        As we had lunch at one of the many outdoor restaurants in Asheville, North Carolina, we were surrounded by lush green mountains and cool summer breezes. Asheville is so hard to leave! But we had agreed to head further west and south to see some of North Carolina’s many waterfalls.     We set off to drive Highway 64 in western North Carolina to find out why it is sometimes called the Waterfalls Byway. Highway 64 covers 604 miles from the Tennessee state line to the Outer Banks. This route has been used since the Model T era and…

August 3, 2018

BEACH BIRDS OF FLORIDA

Waves, sand, seashells and the beach birds of Florida are irresistible! Florida beaches are home to squawking, soaring, nesting and diving birds of all kinds!  We sometimes sit for hours on a beach to watch the birds.      We have learned to really take our time when traveling so we don’t miss the everyday treasures of the place. These are just a few of the birds we have watched.     BLACK SKIMMER     Stu and I visited a Black Skimmer colony near Navarre, Florida. Navarre ropes off the nesting area each year to protect the stunning birds. At twilight, the two-lane was busy with folks heading to the beach but the…

August 2, 2018

HISTORIC EISLER BROTHERS STORE ON KANSAS Route 66

  Visit the historic Eisler Brothers Store on Kansas Route 66! (eislerbros.com)     You’ll find this historic gem on the shortest section of Route 66 in the United States. This segment in Kansas is only 13 miles long but is jam packed with historic treasures!      When we reached Kansas Route 66, our first stop was the Eisler Brothers Store in Riverton, Kansas.  See our post on this section of Route 66 here.     The store was originally built by Leo Williams in 1925, the year before Route 66 was designated. It has continuously been serving as a deli, grocery store and souvenir shop ever since.      The…