May 28, 2018

HOW TO USE THE TROLLEY SYSTEM in New Orleans

Clang, clang, clang! How to use the trolleys in New Orleans is simple! Getting around New Orleans is a breeze! We recommend parking your car at your hotel and taking the trolley or public bus everywhere. There are six trolley lines: St. Charles, Canal Street and the Riverfront are the main lines-each of which begins downtown but goes to different parts of the city. Fares are $1.25 but for $3.00 you can purchase an all-day pass for any trolley or public bus. What a great deal!! Purchase the pass as you board your first trolley. Seniors can buy tickets for individual trolley rides for 40 cents each. Note that exact change…

May 28, 2018

The Barque Castle

The Barque Picton Castle is a three-masted tall ship based in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada, This vessel along with 4 others made their way along the Pensacola Bay in Florida during the Tall Ships Festival.

May 28, 2018

TAKE A BACKROADS TRIP: FORT SCOTT, KANSAS NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE

Park Rangers are so cool! Meet one of our favorite Rangers and take a backroads trip to the Fort Scott, Kansas National Historic Site. You will learn about frontier fort life. Named for General Winfield Scott, who never even stepped foot in the state, Fort Scott is located on the border of what was a pro-slavery state and a free state as well as settled America and what was known as “Indian territory.” Mention of dragoons can set imaginations on fire. So, naturally, we had to visit! The site preserves 20 historic structures, eleven of which are original buildings. Fort Scott is furnished to the 1840s era but the history here covers…

May 28, 2018

WHERE TO STAY AT THE GRAND CANYON

WHERE TO STAY AT THE GRAND CANYON As oldies, we were looking for warm hiking and photography weather when visiting the Grand Canyon and surrounding area. It was important to us to arrive before summer vacation crowds so we planned our trip for April and early May. Our best advice is to start planning early! WHERE TO STAY Our first priority was finding a place to stay while at the Grand Canyon. Since we want to follow whatever roads interest us, we only made hotel reservations in three high traffic locations for our cross-country road trip-Grand Canyon; Page, Arizona; and New Orleans. Trip Advisor and Expedia are  our go-to resources for lodging….

May 27, 2018

TWO HIGHLY RECOMMENDED TOUR COMPANIES IN PAGE, ARIZONA

One of our new favorite places in America is Page, Arizona because of the photographic opportunities. Numerous Slot Canyons and Horseshoe Bend near Page are unforgettable and on any photographer’s bucket list. Photographers and tourists head in droves to the famous Antelope Canyon. The tours are sold out months in advance so even crowded tours of Antelope Canyon were not an option for us. We were also told that people photographing Antelope Canyon were shuffled along in crowds and were given 2-minute shifts to take photos. Given the opportunity, we probably would have put up with that approach. However, we researched and found two tour companies offering spectacular photography at different…