Red Rock Is A Must Visit For Seniors


The Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area in Nevada is an area managed by the Bureau of Land Management as part of its National Landscape Conservation System, and protected as a National Conservation Area. CNN wrote up the area recently and it rated very high with visitors from all across the country.

Senior visitors discover the unique geologic features and plants and animals of Red Rock that represent some of the best examples of the Mojave Desert. The Red Rock Canyon conservation area is home to a distinctive red sandstone landscape with red sandstone outcroppings everywhere… the scene seems never to be the same.

Senior travelers can enjoy the  colorful formations on a 13-mile scenic loop by car, or by hiking or biking this protected area. Frommer’s notes that if you need a break from the casinos of Las Vegas, Red Rock Canyon is balm for your overstimulated soul.

This is a magnificent unspoiled vista less than 20 miles away from The Strip (and if you must, a morning visit should leave you enough time for an afternoon’s gambling).


Seniors Take The Scenic Drive

You can drive the panoramic 13-mile Scenic Drive (daily 6am-dusk) or explore more in-depth on foot, making it perfect for senior athletes or senior armchair types alike. Senior grandparents, you can bring the grandkids out for a picnic, and possibly get a view of the wild burros that roam the area..

Red Rock Canyon was designated as Nevada’s first National Conservation Area. The area is 195,819 acres and is visited by more than one million people each year. Visitors find plenty to see and do with more than 30 miles of hiking trails, rock climbing, horseback riding, mountain biking, road biking, picnic areas and nature observing, plus a visitor center with exhibit rooms and a book store.


Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is enjoyed by the local population as well as visitors from across the United States and many foreign countries. TripAdvisor will take you on-site with nearly 2,000 visitor photos.

One visitor writes “This is just about 20 minutes away from the strip. It’s absolutely beautiful, even on a hot and sticky day! The park opens at 6:30 am. It’s a one-way drive for 13 miles. You pay $7 to enter and can stay as long as you want.

The Red Rock Canyon area is, arguably, the most beautiful area in Nevada—perhaps the southwest. jeb


Seniors Enjoy Vibrant Passau

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Passau, in Lower Bavaria, Germany, is known as the Dreiflüssestadt or “City of Three Rivers.” The Danube is joined at Passau by the Inn River from the south and the Ilz from the north. Senior visitors will hear the saying that Passau is located on the Blue Danube, the Green Inn and the Black Ilz. Water has quite literally shaped this picturesque town on the border with Austria.

Passau lies in Germany’s far southeast corner. Settled since prehistory and a former hub of the salt trade (Europe’s ‘white gold’), it became the Roman village of Batavis, then later the Holy Roman Empire’s largest diocese and a sword-making center.

Passau Town Hall and Danube River via WikiMedia

Passau is close to the Czech Republic and Austria with throngs of tourists arriving from these countries and from river cruises. Passau is also a popular holiday destination for Germans. About a fifth of the town’s population of 50,000 are students at the University of Passau, renowned for its Economics, Law, Theology and Computer Science institutes.

It is no surprise that Passau is the economic, cultural, and communications center of south-eastern Bavaria. Senior visitors discover  city and state libraries, a municipal theater, and a host of other cultural institutions. Industries in Passau include a bell foundry, brewing, and the manufacture of optical instruments, textiles, and tobacco.

Fortress, Cathedral and Town Hall Draw Senior Visitors


The town is dominated by the Veste Oberhaus fortress. Sitting on the hill across the river from Passau old town, it was built by the prince-bishops to watch over the commerce in the rivers. The site is now the home of the Oberhaus Museum and from here there are panoramic views of Passau and the Danube.

The magnificent St. Stephen’s Cathedral, with its three characteristic green onion-domed towers, is a major highlight. Located on the highest point of the Old Town, the site incorporates the remains of an earlier Gothic structure. The Cathedral is home of the world’s second-largest cathedral organ.


Architect Carol Lurago created a cathedral filled with light and splendid architectural details. In Passau’s Gothic Town Hall there are paintings which depict episodes in the town’s past, including its association with the Nibelungen legends. The Altes Rathause (Old Town Hall) is another highlight of the city that dates from the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries.  It’s neo-Gothic tower can be seen from all over town.

Historically, Passau was once the Celtic settlement of Bojodurum, and it later became the site of a Roman camp, Castra Batava. It was made an episcopal see in 739 and in 1217, the bishops became princes of the Holy Roman Empire. In spite of revolts by its citizens for municipal freedom, the prince-bishops managed to rule Passau until 1803.

You will find plenty to see and do in Passau so plan on spending a few days just enjoying one of Germany’s featured cities.  jeb


Seniors Stop In Hingham


My wife and two daughters and this senior had the good fortune of spending a summer in Boston while I studied at Harvard. We lived in South Weymouth which is surrounded by several lovely communities like Weymouth, Cohasset, Nowell, North Sictuate, Hull and Quincy. Just to the north of our home was Hingham, a town in Greater Boston on the South Shore of Massachusetts in northern Plymouth County.

The population runs right at 25,000. Each of those communities is unique and filled with history. Each name has a historical significance and Hingham is no exception. Hingham’s roots go back to the earliest days of European settlement in the new world with the first Europeans who arrived in 1633 and called the area Bare Cove.

The first significant settlement was established in 1635 when the Rev. Peter Hobart arrived with his followers from Hingham, England. In that same year, they renamed the town, strangely enough…Hingham.

 Seniors Enjoy Two ‘Oldest Buildings’


Hingham‘s history is reflected in its immaculately kept antique houses. The Old Ordinary, a tavern used by 17th century travelers, now houses the Hingham Historical Society Museum. Another is Derby Academy, founded in 1784, the oldest co-educational school in the country.

Hingham’s first parish, Old Ship Church, built in 1681, is the oldest wooden structure in the country in continuous use as a place of worship. Hingham has created six historic districts which helps the town maintain its unique character.

Hingham is pleased with its location on the water, including 21 miles of shoreline and construction of a new harbor park that further expands the public use of Hingham Harbor.

Caution. Thickly Settled


I just have to share this story: my family and I came upon a sign in Sictuate that read:  Caution. Thickly Settled.  I loved that sign. This Iowa native found it rather humorous. We also discovered that folks in the Boston area “talk differently” than we folks from the Midwest.

In a store in Weymouth my wife asked for a bag for our groceries. The clerk  corrected her and said, “You want a sack right?” We learned to love the Boston Accent. And they drive differently out there too!

Eleanor Roosevelt traveled down Main St. Hingham and described it as the most beautiful Main Street in America. Ancestors of 16th president, Abraham Lincoln were among the first to arrive in Massachusetts and his massive statue in downtown Hingham helps senior visitors remember that.

Major attractions in Hingham include World’s End (a wildlife area and nature preserve), Loring Hall Theater, Wompatuck State Park, Whitney and Thayer Woods, Weir River Farm, Old Ship Church and The Old Ordinary.

Senior travelers, when you travel through Massachusetts, stop in Hingham and enjoy the culture and history.  jeb


Seniors Find Pop Culture in Williamsburg


Williamsburg is said to be a ‘City within a City’. Few other enclaves inspire the kind of love-it-or-loathe-it partisanship that this one does. But the thing for senior visitors to remember is that Williamsburg is actually a rather large neighborhood in Brooklyn New York, both in population and geography. It’s home to 125,000 people, about the same as Harlem.

Near the L-train stops, it offers a fantastically hip (or annoying, depending on your disposition) array of bars, restaurants and shopping. The eastern and southern borders are more affordable but less safe, and lag in retail density and access to green space. Pinterest puts it all together for us with some great links that show the multifaceted life in Williamsburg.

Williamsburg has emerged in recent years as a pop-culture darling, and a force in defining NYC trends. While it seems that everyone has an opinion on Williamsburg, those that live in the neighborhood prefer not to overthink it. Instead, senior visitors will find a refreshingly care-free community where the motto is “do your own thing” – and always have a good time along the way.



The Brooklyn Flea will move to a permanent home in Williamsburg, at the East River State Park.The market, known for such unusual offerings as its deadstock bow ties and emu mayonnaise, is moving into the park next door. The Williamsburg Bridge, known as the Willy B by the locals gets confused with its immediate neighbor, the Manhattan Bridge, which also spans the East River.

Seniors Discover The ‘In’ Place To Be

The good news is: “This is a neighborhood in which the word diversity could have been invented,” said Devine of the Dime Savings Bank, “and it’s in the process of reinventing itself. Real estate values have exploded in the past two or three years. There’s new construction on every piece of land that was vacant and renovation of existing buildings. The area has a perception of being the “in” place to be.


So when you are in NYC, swing by Williamsburg and see for yourself all the good things  that are going on. Begin your Brooklyn adventure in the edgy neighborhood of Williamsburg. Discerning seniors will most likely soon see it as the home of the hipster.

Recently it has become the home of the culture maven, formerly known as the hipster, who renounces the loaded hipster label, and any label at all. It is also the home of the successful artist, financial guru, aspiring model, artisan cheese-crafter, famous partying actor, faux-hawked toddler, and trust-funded novelist.

Williamsburg is the home of innovative art, the Brooklyn indie music scene, and some of the most fun and interesting places to go. This cultural hub makes a great day trip for senior travelers, so make it a stop by on your next trip to NYC. jeb


Seniors Admire 10 Cadillacs Nose First in the Ground


 Do you have your coffee, senior friends?  Today’s blog is fun and different. Hope you enjoy it!

Cadillac Ranch is a public art installation and sculpture near Amarillo, Texas. It was created in 1974 by Chip Lord, Hudson Marquez and Doug Michels, who were a part of the art group called Ant Farm. The buried Cadillacs have been a popular senior tourist stop; they are unique in the world. The Ranch consists of ten Cadillac vehicles nose-driven into the ground in the same orientation as the pyramids of Egypt.


Senior visitors are always welcome at Cadillac Ranch. If you bring spray paint, make sure to also bring a camera. At first, the cars displayed their original paint jobs – turquoise, banana yellow, gold, and sky blue. But barely was the monument complete, when people were scratching or painting their names in the cars. “No worries if you forget your can of spray paint you can usually find a can or two laying around!”


Seniors Enjoy Texas Legend


Cadillac Ranch, standing along the famed Mother Road – Route 66 just west of Amarillo, was invented and built by a group of art-hippies imported from San Francisco, calling themselves The Ant Farm. Their silent partner was Amarillo billionaire Stanley Marsh 3 who died on June 17 in Amarillo at the age of 76. He wanted a piece of public art that would baffle the locals, and the hippies came up with a tribute to the evolution of the Cadillac tail fin.

Decades have passed. The Cadillacs have now been in the ground as art longer than they were on the road as cars. They are stripped to their battered frames, splattered in day-glo paint, and barely recognizable as automobiles.


Senior travelers can’t miss Cadillac Ranch, visible from the highway, and though it is located on private land, visiting it by driving along a frontage road and entering the pasture by walking through an unlocked gate is tacitly encouraged. In addition, writing graffiti on or otherwise spray-painting the vehicles is also encouraged, and the vehicles, which have long since lost their original colors, are wildly decorated.

The cars are periodically repainted various colors (once white for the filming of a television commercial, another time pink in honor of Stanley’s wife, Wendy’s birthday, and yet another time all 10 cars were painted flat black to mark the passing of Ant Farm artist Doug Michels or simply to provide a fresh canvas for future visitors.

So bring along your camera and enjoy spraying your name on one of your favorite Caddies. That’s what others do and you may enjoy doing it as well.  jeb


Seniors Head South to Te Wai Pounamu


To where? Te Wai Pounamou. The South Island or Te Wai Pounamu is the larger of the two major islands of New Zealand, the other being the more populous North Island. South Island is known by the Maoris as Te Wai Pounamu or Water of Greenstone.

Been to New Zealand yet, seniors? It is a hot spot for tourists today. When I quizzed my travel agent, who has traveled the world, on where she would choose to live – her response was New Zealand.


I know from my research that there are more sheep on that island than people. I was so envious when a couple from our hometown in Iowa spent a full month in New Zealand just soaking up the culture and magnificent scenery. It’s on this senior’s bucket list. Perhaps it is on yours as well.

Seniors Find Sheep, Fiords, Glaciers and Amazing Landscapes

The island  has with everything from snow to sheep, mountains to rugged coastlines. Venture to the South Island and senior visitors will be met with lofty mountains, fiords and glaciers – the landscapes are famous the world over. ‘Lord of the Rings’ rings a bell with me… much of the movie was filmed on location in the mountains of South Island. Several other classic movies have been filmed there as well.


Travel & Leisure notes that “a drive on New Zealand’s South Island, with its Lord of the Rings landscapes, superb local wines, and glass-and-timber lodges, is like a visit to another, more perfect world.” The South Island has truly diverse and magnificent landscapes and the perfect place for an epic road trip.

 Seniors Discover Adventure Capital of the World

National Geographic calls South Island Adventure County. They further note that seventy percent of New Zealanders, aka Kiwis, live on the more urban North Island, but South Island is full of more places to explore. Renting a camper van and driving around is an authentic way to experience the Island and its awesome scenery. Fiordland National Park with its rock walls towering 4,000 feet (1,220 meters) in the air, is a well known ‘must see’.


November is the ideal time for a springtime tour of the South Island’s secluded fjords, wild seascapes, and remote luxury lodges. You will want to begin in Queenstown, New Zealand’s premier year-round alpine resort, a little like Aspen. Queenstown is known as the Adventure Capital of the World for offering a plethora of adrenaline-fueled activities.

Enveloped by breathtaking mountains and based near the dramatic shores of Lake Wakatipu, senior visitors find that Queenstown is the most appealing city in all of New Zealand. South Island has it all…native forests and abundant birdlife, primeval rock formations and quaint, small towns just waiting for you to discover.  jeb


Seniors Visit The Hague


So what is The Hague?  The seat of government in the Netherlands, the capital city of the province of South Holland and the third largest city of the Netherlands, after Amsterdam and Rotterdam. The Hague is one of the top cities for seniors to visit with its diverse activities.

Full of historical buildings, museums, palaces, modern skyscrapers, and luxury homes, The Hague is home to hundreds of international organizations and multinationals and one of the world’s top three UN cities. Decisions made in The Hague affect the entire world and the whole of humanity.


Best known for the contemporary art exhibits at the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag and the Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis, The Hague is arguably one of the most extraordinary places to visit in the Netherlands. Known as the Royal City by the Sea due to its Dutch Royalty citizens, senior visitors often enjoy spending time along the North Sea in the warmer months.


 Art Galleries and Historic Districts Intice Senior Visitors


Notable monuments and historic districts are easily traversable in The Hague, and senior travelers can peruse the luxury department stores, cozy shops, and international art galleries with ease. The Binnenhof, the seat of the government of the Netherlands is located in The Hague even though Amsterdam is the capital.

Other attractions in The Hague include the miniature city, Madurodam and a 360 degree panoramic view of the Scheveningen Sea in the 19th century at Panorama Mesdag. TripAdvisor lists 69 fun things to see and do. The Binnenhof, inner courtyard, is in the center of the town. The Ridderzaal, Hall of Knights, is the oldest part of the Binnenhof, built in a Gothic style in the 13th century.


The Maritshuis is a 17th century mansion which is now an art gallery containing Dutch and Flemish paintings, including works by Rembrandt, Vermeer and Rubens. The city has an extensive public transport network and the beach is a stone’s throw away from the city center. Maybe hire a TukTuk, a rickshaw like those found in India and Thailand, a fascinating and fun means to explore The Hague.

Tha Hague, A Memorable Visit


Some places remain etched in your heart forever. The Hague is one of them. City of peace and justice. City and beach. New styles and old masters. Stores and palaces. Exotic cuisine and Dutch fishing port. International justice and street wisdom.


Senior visitors experience a combination of both beach pleasure and modern city life in a historical setting. Once little more than a country house near a pond, The Hague has developed into a city of international character and importance. So make a bucket list decision to take in the Netherlands and in particular The Hague. Seniors will find it to be a very memorable visit. jeb


Seniors Practice Their Spanish in Segovia


Segovia, pop. 60,000,  is the capital of Segovia Province in Spain, a historically significant city northwest of Madrid. Moors, Christians and Jews coexisted for a long time in the medieval city and worked together during the 16th century manufacturing boom.

Segovia is made up of a harmonious ensemble of buildings that date to the Late Middle Ages (11th and 12th centuries) and the Renaissance (16th century), its two periods of prosperity. Segovia is a picturesque old city with twisting alleyways, the highest concentration of Romanesque churches in all of Europe and pedestrian-only streets, all bordered by a medieval wall and two rivers.

On the Plateau of the Old Catile, at the foot of the Sierra Guadarrama, Segovia occupies a steep promontory at the confluence of the Eresma and the Clamores Rivers. This senior learned that gravestones from a Roman necropolis were recycled in the 11th century to build the city walls. The castle, which looks more Bavarian than Castilian, stands at the end of a limestone ridge at the point where the two rivers meet.

Seniors Find Another World Heritage Site


Long before Madrid became the capital of Spain in the 16th century, Segovia was one of the most important cities, as borne out by the Romanesque churches at almost at every turn as one strolls through the narrow streets. In 1985 the old city of Segovia and its Aqueduct were declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Within the environment of the old city, stand diversity of historic buildings both civil and religious.

The Aqueduct of Segovia is a Roman construction and one of the most significant and best-preserved ancient monuments that remain on the Iberian Peninsula. I have seen aqueducts in France and Italy, but nothing matches the aqueduct of  Segovia.

The Roman aqueducts of Sevilla, Toledo, and Calahorra in Spain did not survive. This one looks brand new. It passes overhead in the heart of the city. The first section of the aqueduct contains 36 semi-circular arches, rebuilt in the 15th century to restore a portion destroyed by the Moors in 1072.

Alcázar Draws Senior Visitors


Following its restoration, which took place after 1484 on the initiative of the Catholic Kings (Los Reyes Católicos), the aqueduct was  used and well maintained.  Another principal tourist attraction is Alcázar, a royal palace built around the 11th century. The picturesque palace is said to be Walt Disney’s inspiration for Cinderella’s Castle.

The modern Four-Star Parador Hotel is one of the best places for senior visitors to stay and to savor the city’s most traditional dish: roast suckling pig. Segovia is an excellent starting point to tour the province of Castile and León. Senior travelers, give yourself one day in Segovia.

On our way to Segovia, my wife and I took a trip to Avila and its UNESCO-protected city walls and towers.  Amazing cities, both of them.  Enjoy all the amenities of this wonderful old historic city.  jeb

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Seniors Stop in Historic Boulder City

Boulder-City-NevadaThese seniors just returned to Phoenix from Las Vegas.  On our return, we drove through Boulder City on Hwy 93. A huge arch over the main entrance to the city reads HISTORIC BOULDER CITY.  The entire downtown property as been placed on the National Register Of Historic Places by the US Dept. of Interior.

I hope that you will find Boulder City as interesting as I did. Boulder City like Las Vegas is in Clark County, with a population that runs just over 15,000. Boulder City is one of only two cities in the State of Nevada that prohibit gambling, the other for your information, is Panaca.


 The City That Built Hoover Dam

Boulder City is called “The City That Built Hoover Dam” and rightfully so. The land upon which Boulder City was founded was a harsh, desert environment. Its sole reason for existence was the need to house workers contracted to build the Hoover Dam, known commonly as Boulder Dam from 1933 to 1947, when it was officially renamed Hoover Dam by a joint resolution of Congress.

The sheer scale of the dam and duration of the project required the Bureau of Reclamation to consider the construction of a semi-permanent town rather than a temporary arrangement. The huge number of men working on the federal project lived in ramshackle edifices that were collectively, at that time, known as “Ragtown.”


Boulder City was designed to house approximately 5,000 workers. No hospitals were provided in the city and all injured workers had to be transported over 30 miles northwest to a hospital in Las Vegas.

 Senior Railroad Enthusiasts Like Boulder City

Boulder City has fun attractions and things for senior visitors to see and do. One the favorites is the Hoover Dam Museum. Enjoy train rides? The Nevada Southern RR Station on Yucca Street travels 3.5 miles along an historic branch line and makes for a memorable experience.

If you are up for a thrill ride, then soar from mountaintops with a bird’s eye view of the desert below with the new Bootleg Canyon Flightlinez. Remember Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball?  Their son and his wife own the historic Boulder Theater just outside Boulder City, also worth a visit.


Have a cup of coffee at the Coffee Cup. The “Cup”, as the locals refer to it, has been around since Hoover Dam was being built back in the 30s. Here is a rather “folksy” tour of Boulder City.

 Seniors Enjoy View of Lake Mead

Boulder City is popular with retirees, who enjoy a dry, sunny climate, several housing developments with super views of Lake Mead and two golf courses.

Lake Mead National Recreation Area was established October 8, 1964, as the National Park Service’s first national recreation area. With more than 350 million visitors over the past fifty years, the 1.5 million-acre park is the largest national recreation area and one of the most visited units of the National Park Service.  jeb


Seniors Make a “Golden Discovery”

juneauJuneau, the capital city of Alaska since 1906, is located on the Gastineau Channel in the Alaskan panhandle and is the 2nd largest city in the United States by area. Senior visitors find in Juneau a tangible sense of history and contemporary charm.

Gateway to the region’s otherworldly glacial landscapes, the city has heaps of gold-rush memorabilia as the site of Alaska’s first gold strike.

Juneau is about the size of Rhode Island and Delaware combined making it the second most populous city in Alaska.  The current population of Juneau is 32,832. The economy is based on government, tourism, mining, and fishing.

Juneau is said to be one of the most beautiful state capitals in the nation.  An unusual thing about this capital city:  there are no roads connecting Juneau to the rest of Alaska or the rest of North America (though ferry service is available for cars). It just kinda “hangs out there.”

Alaska Bald Eagles

Alaska Purchased and Gold Discovered

Harrisburg was Juneau’s name before Richard Harris fell out of favor with the locals, who turned their allegiance to his co-founder, Joe Juneau. In 1880, prospectors Harris and Juneau relied on Tlingit Chief Kowee to guide them to the mouth of Gold Creek, where they discovered gold.

The state’s first major gold strike was the start of the Alaska Gold Rush, and the timeline for modern Juneau history began. A first rush of about 40 miners brought trading posts, saloons and missionaries. Within a year, the tent camp became a small town,  the first town founded after Alaska’s purchase from Russia. One mine alone, the A-J Mine, produced more than $80 million in gold.


The fishing industry drives the Juneau economy. Senior visitors find an unforgettable environment: fish hatcheries, botanical gardens, wildlife, glaciers, hiking, biking, zip lining, whale watching, kayaking, watching bald eagles and dog sledding.  Senior visitors enjoy a visit to Mendenhall Glacier, one of the most accessible and popular glaciers in Alaska, and Glacier Bay is nearby.

 Alaska’s Amazing Scenery Draws Senior Visitors

A popular cruise ship port and a favorite destination among adventure travelers, Alaska’s capital draws visitors from around the world. TravelAlaska offers some great suggestions on where to stay, how to get there and what to see and do.


Coincidently, Juneau boasts some of the finest salmon and sea food anywhere. Juneau has been the home of Native American fisherman, European fur traders, and American gold prospectors. Now a free-spirited state capital, Juneau is the perfect base for a journey into the gorgeous Alaskan wilderness.

For walkers and bikers, Juneau has over 250 miles of maintained hiking/walking trails with variety to meet every fitness level. With so much to see and do, there’s certain to be something for you in Juneau. jeb

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