September 4, 2018

WE ARE IN AWE OF NATURE: TROPICAL STORM GORDON ON PENSACOLA BEACH, FLORIDA

We are in awe of nature and watched the approach of Tropical Storm Gordon in Florida. Stu was able to capture this video on September 4, 2018 as the edge of Tropical Storm Gordon visited Pensacola Beach in Gulf Breeze, Florida. The storm brought out the surfers although the choppiness wasn’t too favorable for surfing.

August 2, 2018

HISTORIC EISLER BROTHERS STORE ON KANSAS Route 66

  Visit the historic Eisler Brothers Store on Kansas Route 66! (eislerbros.com) You’ll find this historic gem on the shortest section of Route 66 in the United States. This segment in Kansas is only 13 miles long but is jam packed with historic treasures!  When we reached Kansas Route 66, our first stop was the Eisler Brothers Store in Riverton, Kansas.  See our post on this section of Route 66 here. The store was originally built by Leo Williams in 1925, the year before Route 66 was designated. It has continuously been serving as a deli, grocery store and souvenir shop ever since.  The “American Pickers” visited and had lunch at the…

July 30, 2018

TAKE A BACKROADS TRIP: MOUNT LEMMON SCENIC BYWAY

Mount Lemmon View

Take a backroads trip up Mount Lemmon Scenic Byway near Tucson, Arizona. Our drive up one of the most scenic drives in southeast Arizona made for a perfect day. After several days in Tucson in over 100 degree heat in May, we really needed a break.  MOUNT LEMMON Mount Lemmon has a summit elevation of 9,156 feet and is the highest point in the Santa Catalina Mountains, located in the Coronado National Forest north of Tucson. The 27-mile Byway is the biological equivalent of driving from the deserts of Mexico to the forests of Canada! Just imagine! As gardeners, Stu and I were fascinated by the changes in plant life! Mount Lemmon Scenic Byway is about…

July 26, 2018

TAKE A NOSTALGIC BACKROADS TRIP: ROUTE 66 IN KANSAS

Take a nostalgic backroads trip on Route 66 in Kansas!  U.S. Route 66 is also known as the Will Rogers Highway, the Main Street of America and the Mother Road  (so dubbed by John Steinbeck in his 1939 book, “The Grapes of Wrath”) and is a visual and historic treat! Route 66 is one of the original highways of the U. S. Highway System and was established on November 11, 1926. Route 66 is the most famous highway in the United States and originally ran from Chicago, Illinois, through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona before ending in Santa Monica, California. The original Route 66 covered a total of 2,448 miles!   BRIEF…

July 23, 2018

VISUAL MAGIC IN ARIZONA’S SLOT CANYONS

Slot Canyon

See visual magic in Arizona’s Slot Canyons! When Navajo guides throw dirt into the sun’s rays, an ethereal stream of fireworks erupts! We had seen photos of the famous Antelope Canyon, but knew nothing else about the Slot Canyons in Arizona. Slot Canyons are enchanting, unforgettable natural wonders! Our slot canyon experiences are among our very favorites in America.   Slot Canyons are narrow canyons, formed by water rushing through rock. Slot canyons are deeper than they are wide. These canyons are mostly found within the Colorado Plateau of northern Arizona and southern Utah. Slot Canyons near Page, Arizona Most Slot Canyons are remote, hidden and difficult to reach and…

June 25, 2018

TAKE A BACKROADS TRIP: GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER BIRTHPLACE

  Take an educational backroads trip! We didn’t know when we drove southern Missouri backroads, we would find the birthplace of George Washington Carver. I always root for underdogs. In my mind, they reinforce my own prospects in life. Those who leave the world a legacy are inspirational to me. The George Washington Carver birthplace is a place that traces the gifts, inspiration and obstacles faced by one of the most famous of America’s underdogs. The Ranger’s stories about Carver’s life left me in awe of the man. Carver National Monument The Park Service established the George Washington Carver National Monument in 1943. The monument is unique! You can see the foundation…

June 20, 2018

LEARN WHILE IN BACKROADS AMERICA: FIND NAVAJO HARMONY

Learn While in Backroads America and Find Navajo Harmony Some places just resonate with us as senior travelers. Exploring backroads America, most of our experiences have taken us far beyond sightseeing.  Growing up on the plains, I was exposed to Pow Wows, Native lore and art. My grandmother could remember living in a sod house in central Kansas! Native American culture, but more to the point, Native American dignity and sense of oneness with the earth has mesmerized me for decades. We learned about Navajo harmony on one of our favorite trips.  We love photographing and exploring the Slot Canyons on Navajo Nation lands in Page, Arizona. It is one of our very favorite…

June 18, 2018

BUILD FUN INTO SENIOR TRAVEL: THRILLS ON A SENIOR SPEEDWAY

What is senior travel without some thrills? Stu created a senior speedway in the Saguaro West National Park and took us on a wild ride! The Park is a lot hillier than it looks, folks! NEVER let oldie men take over the wheel on a fun drive! You will laugh til you hurt! Who says senior travel is sedate!

June 15, 2018

TAKE A BACKROADS TRIP: THE ZYDECO-CAJUN PRAIRIE SCENIC BYWAY

Find the heart of Cajun country deep in Louisiana.  The Cajun culture is so exotic and mystical! Take a backroads trip to Louisiana on Highway 90 and the Zydeco-Cajun Prairie Scenic Byway in Louisiana and explore one of America’s backroad jewels. Louisiana epitomizes one of the ultimate melting pots of early America.  Since neither Stu nor I have spent much time in Louisiana, the blend of the French, Cajun, and Creole influences with fishing, rice fields and music sort of slapped us in the face and said, “Gorge on the Richness.” The 283-mile long Zydeco-Cajun Prairie Scenic Byway hides rural and cultural treasures. The Zydeco-Cajun Prairie Scenic Byway is comprised of three loop…

June 15, 2018

REVIEW OF THE TUCSON DESERT MUSEUM: MANTA RAYS IN THE DESERT?

Manta Ray

Tucson Desert Museum Rattlesnakes and lizards were expected at the Tucson Desert Museum but Manta Rays in the desert? The Museum was founded in 1952 and is dedicated to interpreting the bi-national Sonoran Desert region. The Desert Museum came highly recommended to us, but, truthfully, we were disappointed. Now, children would love this place with live animal shows, raptors, gems, fossils, paleontology exhibits and more. Cons We thought the entrance fee ($19.95 per senior) was very high-even with a military discount of $17.95. We visited for the Hummingbird Aviary but there weren’t many birds there the day we went. When we visited, temperatures were already soaring above 100 degrees. That…