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

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…

May 29, 2018

8 TOP RESTAURANTS TO VISIT IN TUCSON, ARIZONA

Foodie Alert!  Tucson has it all!   Explore America via food. A great city to start in is Tucson!   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.     RESTAURANTS IN TUCSON 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…

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…

May 29, 2018

ARTIST, “TED” DeGRAZIA GALLERY

ARTIST TED DeGRAZIA Tucson is home to the Ettore “Ted” DeGrazia Gallery, maintained by the DeGrazia Foundation. We were thrilled to get to visit the historic site where the artist lived, worked and built a chapel!     Opened in 1965, the gallery has more than 15,000 DeGrazia originals. His oil paintings, watercolors, ceramics and sculptures are housed in six permanent collection rooms:     I. Padre Kino II. Cabeza De Vaca III. Papago Indians IV. Retrospective V. Yaqui Easter VI. Bullfight     De Grazia hand built the adobe brick buildings on the 10-acre site. The Mission in the Sun was built in 1952 in honor of Father Kino…

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

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  …

May 29, 2018

THE EL TOVAR HOTEL

<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SEl Tovar Hotel is a former Harvey House hotel situated directly on the south rim of the Grand Canyon in Arizona.  It is a rarity because it is one of a very few original Harvey Houses still in operation today. The hotel was designed by Charles Whittlesey, Chief Architect for the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway and was opened in 1905 as one of a chain of hotels and restaurants owned and operated by the Fred Harvey Company in conjunction with the Santa Fe railway whose Grand Canyon Depot was 330 ft. away. El Tovar is an example of the architectural style that the National Park Service used for its lodges last century….

May 29, 2018

HOW TO EXPLORE THE GRAND CANYON

  Explore the Grand Canyon with us. Our days at the Grand Canyon were more than magical-they were breathtaking!!     We’ve written about our first impressions upon seeing the glory of the Canyon and we’ve attempted to post photographs that are representative of the majesty of this place (which, by the way, is impossible to capture although Stu has produced incredible photos!).     But, there is SO much more to talk about! 1)  People visiting here are from all over the world. We’ve talked to visitors (in 2 days)  from China, Germany, the Netherlands, Japan, Spain, New Zealand, France-we could go on. Those we spoke with were shocked…