February 17, 2020

A ROADSIDE WONDER: HISTORY APPEARS ON THE CORNER

As I drove halfway across the country for the holidays, I took backroads.  You all know how Stu and I love backroads! But traffic was heavy and the two-lane highway I was traveling seemed to always have 10 vehicles in front of me due to solid yellow lines on the roadway.   Frustration set in. I had promised to be at my daughter’s on a certain day. “Why did I take THIS road?” I will NEVER get there! You know the feeling.   Backroads shelter surprises and I should have known I would see some in Tennessee. All of a sudden, a sign appeared that said, “Scopes Trial Museum.” Whaaat? THE Scopes…

February 10, 2020

2020 SENIOR DISCOUNTS AT RESTAURANTS

  When we travel, we are always looking for good food at a discount! Saving money on food means more days on the road!   Our friends @theseniorlist reached out to all national restaurant chains to survey about available senior discounts.    Be aware that some of the discounts noted are offered by franchise owners in local markets. As such, the senior discounts can vary and change without notice.   Our thanks to The Senior List for allowing us to reprint their findings. 2020 List of Senior Discounts Restaurants   Applebee’s Senior Discount: 10-15% off (varies by location) MAY require Golden Apple Card (60+) verified Arby’s Senior Discount: 10% off –…

February 3, 2020

TUCSON ARIZONA’S REMARKABLE SABINO CANYON

Even in May, it was over 100 degrees. This is the desert, after all. But May also means the desert is in bloom. We found Sabino Canyon unique and gorgeous in every way.    Sabino Canyon is in the Santa Catalina Mountains and has a unique landscape neither of us had ever experienced before. Saguaro Cactus, Palo Verde trees, Cholia and Prickly Pear Cactus are all over the canyon.   Stop first at the Visitors’ Center which is open every day from 8-4:30, except for Christmas and Thanksgiving. There, you can pick up trail maps, books and other information.                  THE TRAM SYSTEM   The Canyon has…

January 27, 2020

THE 2020 BEST TRAVEL DISCOUNTS FOR SENIORS

Some think winter is no time to travel. But it IS a GREAT time to do some trip planning!     Once again this year, our close friends @the senior list have gathered the best airline discounts for seniors for 2020.  They annually allow us to reprint their findings. We hope you will check with The Senior List often for valuable information on aging well.   *Please note: Some of the discounts you’ll see below are offered by franchise owners in local markets.  This means that senior discounts may vary by location.   This List of Best Travel Discounts for Seniors is full of verified senior discounts. Senior Discounts that have a verified flag next to…

January 20, 2020

ABINGDON, VIRGINIA: SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA’S MOST PICTURESQUE TOWN

“The real Virginia stops at Roanoke.” “That’s what people around here say.”  I was talking to the friendly ladies at the Abingdon, Virginia Visitor Center. I had to giggle as I had never heard that said in all my 15 years of living in Northern Virginia!   This was our first trip to Southwest Virginia and its small towns amid rolling green hills. We loved the surprises around each corner!         It was high time we visited this corner of Virginia that shares state lines with Kentucky and Tennessee and is a stone’s throw from North Carolina. We cannot wait to go back!   Abingdon, Virginia is…

January 13, 2020

OKLAHOMA: A DRIVE THROUGH MANY NATIONS ON HIGHWAY 177

A noble face looked back at me as I waited at the Cimarron Turnpike toll booth. The license plate in front of me wasn’t an Oklahoma “tag.” The tag read, “Chickasaw Nation.” Another close by said, “Cherokee Nation.”  In Oklahoma, the chances are good that you are driving through a sovereign nation.    You’ll be immersed in towns, counties and highways that are named for the many Tribes and Tribal Elders in Oklahoma. Oklahoma has the second highest number of Native Americans of any state in the U.S.   There are 38 sovereign Tribal Governments in Oklahoma. To learn about each, click on the names below:   Absentee Shawnee Tribe Alabama-Quassarte Tribal Town…

January 6, 2020

A COMPLETE GUIDE TO THE CLIFF DWELLINGS AND MORE IN MANITOU SPRINGS, COLORADO

Just 6 miles east of Colorado Springs is one of the towns we love the most in Colorado.  Manitou Springs sits at the base of Pike’s Peak at an elevation of 6,414 feet in the Rocky Mountains. Manitou Springs has an historic, Old West feel, with many buildings from the early 1900s still in use today.   Leave your car parked on the street and stroll the town. There are mom-and-pop shops, art galleries, restaurants, and more!   You can go fishing, try both easy and difficult hikes, soar on a zip line, go rafting, or caving!     TOWN HISTORY     Manitou Springs was home to the Ute Indians who…

December 30, 2019

HOW TO PHOTOGRAPH SLOT CANYONS: THE PERMIT PROCESS AND RECOMMENDED NAVAJO TOUR COMPANIES IN PAGE, ARIZONA

SPECIAL UPDATE December 24, 2019 According to https://tinyurl.com/wxab7m4 traffic jams have led slot canyon tour operators to discontinue the popular photography-only tours of the slot canyon on the Navajo Reservation near Page in northern Arizona as of Dec. 20,  2019.  You can still take photos with your phone or camera on regular tours, but no tripods will be allowed. As the number of visitors increased, tour operators found it increasingly difficult to carve out the extra time professional photographers need to get that perfect shot. Tour operators thus voted to cancel photo-only tours, Antelope Canyon Tours posted on its website.   Head to Page, Arizona! Numerous Slot Canyons and Horseshoe Bend near Page are…

December 23, 2019

APPALACHIAN TRAIL HIKERS, RAFTERS & PADDLERS LOVE TINY HOT SPRINGS, North Carolina

Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Pisgah National Forest and fronting the French Broad River lies tiny Hot Springs, North Carolina.   The first time we came across Hot Springs, it was by happenstance. We were exploring the area around Asheville, NC by driving Highways 208 and 209, both scenic byways in North Carolina.  Hot Springs is easy to miss, if you don’t know its rich history or current day importance to nature lovers and hikers. There are, after all, only 500 residents.      The second time we visited Hot Springs, it was on purpose. What a cool 2-block town! Certainly, not impressive architecturally, the quirky combination of…

December 16, 2019

HOW TO EXPLORE PENSACOLA, FLORIDA

updated 12/19     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 and this city is made for strolling! The wrought iron details on the buildings and covered sidewalks beckon you past bakeries, restaurants and unique boutiques….