October 1, 2018

EVER HEARD OF THE GEESE POLICE?

EVER HEARD OF THE GEESE POLICE? While in Kansas City for our 50th high school reunion, Stu and I headed to Shawnee Mission Park for nature photography. While photographing Canada Geese at the lake, we met the Geese Police!  As we sat on the beach taking photos, a man with a kayak “put in” near where we sat. He headed straight for the geese at a quick clip. When he reached the geese, he shook a plastic jug filled with what sounded like rocks and the geese took flight.  We were thrilled because Stu wanted some photos of geese taking flight and landing. But what was going on?   THE…

May 30, 2018

BACKROADS PEOPLE: MEET MATT, ARTIST AND AUTHOR

So everyone knows about taking breaks at Starbucks. Many backroads in America have a Starbucks. Starbucks have become America’s modern version of the old European Cafe Haus or Pub where people form instant connections and communities can develop.  Matt was working on his artwork in his lap when we met him in Slidell, Louisiana. Matt is an artist and has just finished work on his first novel, a fantasy set in New Orleans. Full of Delta discoveries, his book also features his art work. Matt is so creative! He told us about his idea for “Starbucks Theatre”. One clergyman he met at Starbucks worked at the local mental hospital and…

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

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…

May 29, 2018

TAKE A BACKROADS TRIP: PUEBLO LAGUNA, New Mexico

Stu and I talked a lot driving backroads through the southwest about how schools we attended completely left out Native American history, culture and religions. Exploring one backroad in New Mexico close to old Route 66, we stopped for some Indian Fry Bread (if you’ve never tasted it, you are missing amazing food). Take a backroads trip to Pueblo Laguna in New Mexico and learn what we were never taught in school. Pueblo Laguna History Pueblo Laguna is the largest of the Keresan pueblos, covering four large counties and six villages. The district was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1973. The district covers  approximately 108 acres. Portions of…