October 8, 2018

THE SHAWNEE INDIAN MISSION IN FAIRWAY, KANSAS

The Shawnee Indian Mission in Fairway, Kansas served as a manual training school for children from the Shawnee, Delaware and other Native nations between 1839-1854 and continued as a school without manual training until 1862. The Shawnee Mission also served as a supply point on the Santa Fe and Oregon Trails.   THE SHAWNEE NATION The Missouri Shawnee were the first Native Americans removed to Kansas Territory, which was then set apart for emigrant tribes by the treaties of June 1825, with the Kanza and Osage.  By a treaty made at St. Louis, Missouri on November 7, 1825, the United States granted… “to the Shawnee tribe of Indians within the…

October 4, 2018

THE BIRTHPLACE OF Route 66: SPRINGFIELD, MISSOURI

The birthplace of Route 66 is said to be in Springfield, Missouri. The “Mother Road” began in the 1920s as Americans moved west. Construction work on a 17-mile long, 20 foot wide concrete road, later Route 66, was national front page news in 1929! A mere five months later, “Black Friday” and the stock market crash changed America forever. By 1931, the winding, two-lane Highway 66 was called, “The Main Street of America.” The road’s completion was cause for a huge celebration in Rolla, Missouri. That year, Highway 66 ran from Chicago to St. Louis and extended in and out of Rolla, Missouri to Lebanon, Missouri and into Springfield’s city…

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…

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 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…

June 11, 2018

TAKE A BACKROADS TRIP: THE BILLY THE KID SCENIC BYWAY

If you are like me, certain questions keep you up at night. This is one of them, “Do bears use restrooms?” Take a backroads trip on the Billy The Kid Scenic Byway in New Mexico,  one of America’s best backroads trips, and find out!   Lore from when the west was more wild with shoot-outs, posses and jail breaks are stories Stu and I truly love. Colorful people are our favorites and the old west had plenty!  We can’t get enough and had no idea that the Billy the Kid Scenic Byway and New Mexico is home to so many legendary sights and characters.   At the Billy the Kid Scenic Byway Visitors…

June 9, 2018

SHOULD I TRAVEL SOLO?

Yes! TRAVEL SOLO! Do it! Should you book with a tour group? Maybe. It all depends!     Our Experience with Solo Travel     Stu and I have both traveled alone internationally and in North America.  I’ll never forget one of my first travels alone over a Memorial Day weekend. I went to Chestertown, Maryland. It’s a picturesque and historic small town that has slumbered for centuries along the Chester River. It had a tea party before the one in Boston! I booked a room at a B&B. As I settled in, the B&B owner asked if I was alone and I replied, “yes.” “That’s a shame,” she said….

June 2, 2018

SO. THIS HAPPENED.

While in Tucson, we went to Saguaro Park or Sabino Canyon every night to photograph sunset. See our Saguaro Sunset post. WOW, it was incredible! But I digress.   One of those evenings, a couple, decked out in wedding attire, was posing for wedding photos among the Saguaro. A beautiful desert setting.   We worked around the couple and didn’t give it a second thought. Until…we heard a call for some help. Did the bride fall into the cactus wearing her gown? Did rattlesnakes appear because it was cooling off?   Wedding Photographer Mistakes   No. The photographer, choosing an artsy shot, had put the girl’s wedding ring on a…

June 1, 2018

SPRING BACKROADS TRAVEL COSTS (2018)

When Stu and I first cooked up a 2018 backroads trip from Florida to the Grand Canyon and back, we had no real idea what it would cost. We researched online blogs and found someone who had posted that a recent trip from Florida (where I planned to meet up with Stu) to the Grand Canyon cost about $3,700. So, we each budgeted about $4,000 apiece for the trip. We didn’t set an end date for our trip or a precise budget. We planned to stay on the road as long as we wanted. This road trip ended up being from northwest Florida to southern Utah and back and lasted 36 days….