July 23, 2018

VISUAL MAGIC IN ARIZONA’S SLOT CANYONS

Slot Canyon

See visual magic in Arizona’s Slot Canyons! When Navajo guides throw dirt into the sun’s rays, an ethereal stream of fireworks erupts! We had seen photos of the famous Antelope Canyon, but knew nothing else about the Slot Canyons in Arizona. Slot Canyons are enchanting, unforgettable natural wonders! Our slot canyon experiences are among our very favorites in America.   Slot Canyons are narrow canyons, formed by water rushing through rock. Slot canyons are deeper than they are wide. These canyons are mostly found within the Colorado Plateau of northern Arizona and southern Utah. Slot Canyons near Page, Arizona Most Slot Canyons are remote, hidden and difficult to reach and…

May 30, 2018

TAKE BACK ROADS TO EXPLORE AMERICA!

Take Back Roads to Explore America!   The Traveling Seniors ALWAYS travel back roads. Why?  Exploring America and her inspiring people is most rewarding along back roads and scenic byways!   Backroads vacations are so easy in retirement travel!  The pavement is smooth, traffic is sparse and the scenery is breathtaking. We can drive at our own pace. We can pull off the road to take photos or a break at almost any time. Backroads adventures are just waiting for you!   HOW TO FIND BACKROADS   One way to find byways is to visit scenicbyways.info. On that site, search by state or follow the dots on the map provided….

May 29, 2018

10 GLORIOUS DAYS: WHERE TO STAY IN TUCSON

WHERE TO STAY IN TUCSON We stayed 10 glorious days in an approximately 750 square foot casita we cannot recommend highly enough! You can rent it too! The one bedroom, one huge bath has an eating area plus a breakfast bar for quick get up and go meals. A separate laundry room makes travel so easy. Sit on the private terrace and watch the stars come out. All linens and dishes are supplied. The pool is beautiful with a separate hot tub, waterfall, outdoor fireplace, grill and covered gazebo. The clubhouse has a fitness center and can accommodate large groups. Parking is in a gated area. We hated to leave….

May 29, 2018

HOW TO TOUR TUCSON

How to Tour Tucson Touring Tucson is unexpected! From palm trees and oleander to saguaro cactus and 117 degree days! We loved Tucson! It is tucked into a valley surrounded by mountains that are breathtaking with restored mansions in the El Presidio Historic District and the adobe row houses of the Barrio Historico. The University of Arizona looms large with shops, eateries and lots of action! Saguaro National Parks (west side and east side) We started in The Saguaro National Parks (both west and east sides). The dirt roads and saguaro cacti standing at attention like a large army is so different than what we have ever seen before! We…

May 29, 2018

FOODIES TAKE NOTE! TUCSON HAS IT ALL!

Foodies, take note! Tucson has it all! You should explore America via food! Tucson is an unmatched destination for mouth-watering mom & pop delights regardless of budget! Prices are extremely reasonable everywhere. Eat lunch at some of the more famous restaurants and you will pay less. Our favorites include: Hacienda del Sol Guest Ranch Resort (haciendadelsol.com) An historic and beautiful respite located at 5501 N. Hacienda del Sol Road in Tucson, for those looking for an equestrian and spa experience. Hacienda was a girls’ boarding school at one time and still boasts the suite where Hepburn and Tracy stayed for extended periods. Reservations are a good idea and so worth it!…

May 29, 2018

BACKROADS TRIP: EXPLORE PAGE, ARIZONA

Stu & Barb

Explore Page, Arizona! Page has become one of our favorite places in America. You’ve all seen the iconic photos of the famous Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend in doctors’ waiting rooms. We had to go! To explore how to take this backroads vacation, we started booking tours in Page, Az in January prior to our late April arrival. Photography tours of the famous canyons-just think!!! See our tour recommendations for Page, Az. Antelope Canyon photo tours were already sold out. But not to worry! We found some other canyons to explore by researching online and voila! Horseshoe Bend Canyon and Antelope Canyon X became targets along with the iconic Horseshoe Bend…

May 29, 2018

SAGUARO NATIONAL FOREST VISIT

Saguaro Cacti are only found in a very small portion of America. They are found exclusively in the Sonoran Desert so you can only find them in southern Arizona and western Sonora, Mexico. It is estimated that these soldiers of the desert can live to be as much as 150-200 years old. Amazingly, Saguaro grow very slowly -a 10 year-old plant may only be 1.5 inches tall. However, the cacti we saw were between 40-60 feet tall! A fully-grown Saguaro can weigh as much as a ton! Don’t miss seeing these wonders at the Saguaro National Forest (nps.gov/sagu/index.htm)!      

May 29, 2018

A LOVE STORY AT THE GRAND CANYON

As we explore America, the people we have met have formed “a tapestry of ever- changing hues”, to quote Carol King. Each one has touched us with their kindness, insights and stories. A couple we met at the El Tovar Lodge in the Grand Canyon shared their intimate and timeless story of love lost and regained.

May 29, 2018

BACKROADS PEOPLE: HAVE A NAVAJO CONVERSATION

It was an incredible experience to meet people on backroads in Arizona. We had the opportunity to have a short “Navajo Conversation”!  We were driving down highway 89 near Page, Arizona when we saw a pull-off for a small canyon. While there, we had a fascinating conversation with a Navajo woman who touched our hearts deeply. She was busy finding just the right beads and seeds in her square wooden box for a piece of jewelry she was making. We began talking and she was gracious and kind enough to let us video her as we asked questions about the Navajo Reservation. Navajo Nation The Navajo Nation has a land base of…