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…

May 29, 2018

EXPLORE THE GRAND CANYON: OUR FIRST VIEWS

Neither of us expected what we saw. We didn’t know you can’t see any of The Grand Canyon until you reach the rim.  Just like millions, we’d seen thousands of photographs, descriptions and documentaries about The Grand Canyon. We actually both gasped when we saw it. NO photo, no description and no documentary prepared us for the utter magnificence and grandeur of The Grand Canyon.

May 29, 2018

TAKE A BACKROADS TRIP: THE PETRIFIED FOREST AND PAINTED DESERT

  If you want to experience other-worldly terrain, take a backroads trip to the Petrified Forest and Painted Desert! The Petrified Forest National Park’s headquarters are located about 26 miles east of Holbrook, Az along Interstate 40, which parallels the BNSF Railway’s Southern Transcon, the Puerto River, and historic Route 66. In fact, the Petrified Forest National Park is the only national park site that contains a segment of the Historic Route 66 alignment.The northern portion of the park extends into the Painted Desert. See nps.gov/painted-desert. Teddy Roosevelt created the Petrified Forest National Monument in 1906. It has over 50,000 acres of designated wilderness. We drove the Petrified Forest Scenic…

May 29, 2018

TAKE A BACKROADS TRIP: THE HISTORIC RIO PUERCO BRIDGE ON ROUTE 66 IN New Mexico

  Take a backroads trip on one section of the “Mother Road”- Old Route 66 and see the historic Rio Puerco Bridge in New Mexico. The Federal Government funded the Historic Rio Puerco Bridge on Route 66 in New Mexico in 1933 as part of President Roosevelt’s effort to use emergency monies for highway construction. Completed within a year, the bridge opened the Laguna Cutoff to transcontinental traffic. In 1937, the alignment officially became U.S. Route 66. The Kansas City Structural Steel Company conceived the structure, and F.D. Shufflebarger was in charge of constructing the bridge. The Rio Puerco Bridge has a 250 foot long span and is one of…

May 28, 2018

TAKE A BACKROADS TRIP: SAN AUGUSTINE, TEXAS

San Augustine, Texas along backroads San Augustine, Texas is in the Deep East Texas Pineywoods. There, we ate at the Heart of Texas Grill, located in an historic bank building at 102 East Columbia Street with mosiac tile floors and great American food.  

May 28, 2018

TAKE A BACKROADS TRIP: STEP BACK IN TIME IN RAYNE, LOUISIANA

As you explore America, step back into the 1930s with a backroads trip on the Zydeco Cajun Prairie Scenic Byway (www.zydecocajubyway.com). There, we came across Worthmore’s Five and Dime Store in Rayne, Louisiana. Worthmore’s opened in 1936 and the staff has kept the store just as it was back then! That includes the original cash register, which only records purchases up to $9.99. What an old time treat! We loved it!

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.