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 the National Register…

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 Center (billybyway.com)…

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. Gulp! What? Why? Can’t I…

June 7, 2018

BEST 2018 SENIOR TRAVEL DISCOUNTS

Alright. With senior travel, we can’t climb mountains, balance on cliffs or even handle certain small hills like we used to. We do qualify for senior travel discounts! As THE TRAVELING SENIORS explore America, we travel primarily by car because we take everything plus the kitchen sink! We can drive slowly on backroads, and thoroughly enjoy places where tourists don’t congregate. But don’t think we don’t also love crowded cities or other means of travel-we do! Fortunately for all of us, the Senior List has published a list of the best 2018 senior travel discounts.* The Senior List’s Best Senior Travel Discounts is full of verified senior discounts.  Senior Travel Discounts that have…

June 5, 2018

2018 LIST OF SENIOR RESTAURANT DISCOUNTS

On backroads vacations we want to get the biggest bang for our buck. That’s why we are so grateful to our friends at The Senior List for compiling the 2018 List of Senior Restaurant Discounts. (theseniorlist.com/seniordiscounts) Bookmark senior discounts on your phone and you’ll always know where you can enjoy the nearest bargain meal as you explore America. Stu and I will always choose a mom & pop restaurant over a chain, but this information is very useful! Applebee’s Senior Discount: 10-15% off (varies by location) MAY require Golden Apple Card (60+) verified Arby’s Senior Discount: 10% off – Also reports of a free drink (55+) varies by location A&W…

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 cactus flower about 3…

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….

June 1, 2018

TAKE A BACKROADS TRIP: CAMINO REAL de los TEJAS NATIONAL HISTORIC TRAIL

Take a backroads trip through rolling grassy hills covered with bluebonnets and other wildflowers on The Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail. See nps.gov/elte/planyourvisit/maps.htm. Once a year, my grandmother, in her 80s and 90’s would take a trip from Kansas City to Texas to see her son and the bluebonnets. Now I understand the bluebonnet part.  I don’t think Stu or I expected the beauty of the eastern Texas hill country since neither of us had ever been there. Waving grass, wildflowers, huge skies and curving backroads is the image that comes to mind when someone says, “a perfect spring/summer day.” THAT is the eastern Texas hill country….

May 30, 2018

HOW TO EXPLORE PENSACOLA, FLORIDA

Explore Pensacola! White sugar sand beaches, emerald water and the architectural feel of a tiny New Orleans. Add them together (plus restaurants that would send foodies to heaven), and you have Pensacola, Florida! Who knew? Pensacola is one of those towns where people make you feel like family, the arts and deep sea fishing combine with sandy feet and a laid-back vibe. You have to visit! Park your car downtown and walk! There isn’t heavy traffic but this city is made for strolling! The wrought iron details on the buildings and covered sidewalks beckon you past bakeries, restaurants and unique boutiques. Walk a couple of blocks and you arrive at…

May 30, 2018

EXPLORE THE ALAMO WITH THE TRAVELING SENIORS

Our generation grew up with Davy Crockett, Jim Bowie and Jim Travis. These men were our heroes along with baseball players. We were excited to see The Alamo! We felt the moral lessons and action packed episodes from those television shows coming back to us as we arrived. Instead, as adults, the sacrifice and bravery of the men who fought at the Alamo made us reverent and reflective.  Did you know the Alamo is one of the five 18th-century Spanish colonial missions-Concepcion, San Jose, San Juan, Espada and the San Antonio De Valero (the Alamo)-that comprise the only World Heritage Site in Texas?