Seniors Enjoy Mountain Resort Town


Welcome to Crestline, California population 11,000 —the closest mountain resort town to major cities of Southern California. At scenic Lake Gregory in the San Bernardino Mountains, senior visitors can enjoy fishing, boating, swimming, sunbathing and water-slides. San Bernardino is 14 miles away.

Senior fitness buffs will find a  variety of hiking and biking trails, and Lake Gregory is ringed by a state-of-the-art fitness trail with exercise stations. The area is a mecca for bird watchers with a throng of species.

Shoppers will find unique stores in the historic Old Town area and along Lake Drive in Crestline. And for you gourmets, Crestline has a wide range of choices to appease your palate.

Seniors Enjoy Natural Beauty Around Crestline


Visitors who plan to stay for a while will find excellent accommodations at the local inns or lodging in rental cabins that are offered throughout the area. So, consider a visit to Crestline to enjoy its natural beauty and take an easy break from the heat and congestion of nearby California towns.

You will be welcomed on your visit to Crestline and Lake Gregory. The Crestline Chamber of Commerce sponsors fishing derbies at the lake, so toss in your fishing rod. Dragon Boat races are also highly popular on the Lake.

While Crestline is only a 20-minute drive from San Bernardino, senior visitors will find what seems like a whole different world. The temperature is at least 20 degrees cooler than down the mountain, and there are four distinct seasons.


Lake Gregory Regional Park offers a great place to escape the summer heat of Southern California. The lake’s surface is at an elevation of 4,550 feet and the ridges around the lake climb up to a thousand feet. Take a hike to Heart Rock, in the Valley of Enchantment. It is one of Crestline’s natural wonders. The Heart Rock hike is an easy 1-mile round trip along a creek through the forest.

 Seniors Hike To Heart Rock Waterfall


Heart Rock Waterfall, which is also known as Seeley Creek Falls, is located in Crestline at the end of a roughly 1 mile each way hike. The waterfall is beautiful as it stands around 25 feet; however the true draw of this hike is the fact that the waterfall has an almost perfect cut out of a heart right alongside it.

The heart itself looks small in the photos, but could easily hold two adults in each of its halves. Senior visitors will find this little gem nestled in the scenic San Bernardo mountains. Visitors from Southern California come to Lake Gregory to enjoy the refreshing mountain air.


Folks enjoy shopping in Crestline’s unique stores or staying in lodges and vacation rentals that surround the lake. Ongoing events include fishing derbies, the Mountain Fun Runners Car Show, the Redlands Bicycle Classic and a new paragliding competition that is being planned for the summer.

So set your GPS for Crestline where you will find great hospitality and legendary landscape.  -jeb



Senior Visitors Set Their Sites On Batesville

Bate celBatesville in the heart of southeastern Indiana, is within a short drive of numerous metropolitan areas. Senior travelers will find it on I-74, on a direct path between Cincinnati, Ohio and Indianapolis, Indiana. Batesville is an area rich in Hoosier hospitality that is as legendary as the scenic landscape.

Batesville combines the prosperity of economic growth through industry with small-town charm. Founded in 1852, and snuggled in the hills of Southeastern Indiana, Batesvillf has grown to a community of 6,500 friendly, family-oriented, and forward-thinking citizens.

Between 1867 and 1892, Batesville was home to nine furniture, coffin, and novelty factories making use of the extensive amount of hardwood timber in the area. These hardwood forests would prove to be the area’s wealth.

 Seniors Find Interesting History In Batesville


Batesville’s early beginnings are tied to a young man’s dream of owning and working a piece of farmland in southeastern Indiana. Teunis Amack purchased 120 acres of government land in Ripley County’s Laughery Township in 1837. He built his home out of the area’s hardwood logs and dug a well.

Batesville was founded by George H. Dunn, owner of the John Callahan Trust Company. The company bought land and created new towns along rail lines. Dunn was also president of the Cincinnati and Indianapolis Railroad.   On November 1, 1853, the first train from Cincinnati to Indianapolis passed through Batesville.  Joshua Bates, who platted the town of Batesville, is thought to be the source of the city’s name.


There are two large publicly traded companies headquartered in Batesville,  the Batesville Casket Company and the Hill-Rom hospital bed manufacturer.

Seniors Can Walk Or Bike The Trails

Batesville Liberty Park is the main public park in Batesville and offers many recreational activities such as horseshoes, volleyball, baseball, basketball, playground sets, and a large pavilion.

Batesville also offers walking and biking trails for seniors to enjoy, so toss in your hiking boots and a bike and enjoy both. And there is always Golf Hillcrest Club for you to practice your driving and putting.


TripAdvisor has several suggestions for seniors to consider in Batesville including the Milan ’54 Museum, Whitewater Canal State Historic Site, Brush Creek State Fish and Wildlife Area. Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is nearby. Walking or biking at Brum Woods, or fishing at Memorial Pool are favorites for the locals and might be of interest to senior visitors.


Nearby colleges include Art Academy of Cincinnati, Bethany Theological Seminary, and Cincinnati Christian University. I would want to be sure to take in the the Batesville Area Historical Society.

So set your GPS for Batesville, Indiana and explore some of the town’s best destinations, including an award-winning toy shop and historical hotel. -jeb


Seniors Enjoy A Stop In Newton


Newton is a vibrant community of 85,000 is desirable as a place to live and work due to its proximity to Boston. Senior visitors will find attractive neighborhoods, a well-run municipal government, and a strong, nationally-recognized school system in Newton. Settled in 1630 and incorporated in 1688, Newton was originally part of Cambridge, then renamed Newtowne in 1691, and finally Newton in 1766.


The city is comprised of 13 “villages”, each with its own distinct character and many containing their own small downtown areas. One of these, Chestnut Hill, is home to Boston College. In addition to Boston, Newton is also bordered by Wellesley (to the west), Needham (to the southwest), Waltham (to the north), and Brookline (to the east).

Newton is rich in arts and culture, featuring two symphony orchestras, a large state-of-the-art public library, resident theatre groups and many artistic treasures. The Newton History Museum at the Jackson Homestead, built in 1809 as a farmhouse, served for a period of time as a stop on the Underground Railroad and is now a museum filled with paintings, manuscripts, photographs, maps and numerous historical artifacts.


Seniors Enjoy Newton’s Parks

Newton has well maintained parks, bicycle and fitness trails, golf courses, a public pool and lake for senior visitors to enjoy. Back in 2010 Money Magazine ranked Newton as #3 among small cities in America. Newton is known as the Garden City.

The establishment of Boston and Worcester Railroad depots in 1834 fostered Newton’s growth as a suburb of Boston. Incorporated as a city in 1873, Newton today is known as a regional education center. In addition to Boston College, the city is also home to Andover Newton Theological School, Mount Ida College, and Pine Manor College.


Major industries in the city include publishing, computer technology, and manufacturing of precision instruments and chemicals. Newton is the birthplace of this senior’s favorite bar, the Fig Newton.

 Seniors Enjoy Historic Homes

Note the Downtown and Mansions button at the top of this screen and take a look at all the mansions and Newton’s downtown.  My wife and I would enjoy a visit to the Mary Baker Eddy Historic House in nearby Chestnut Hill. Another home worth a visit would be The Charles D. Elliott House, a 2.5 story historic wood frame house built in the 1860s.


The Jackson Homestead and Museum, built in 1809, shares the history of Newton, Massachusetts, and the Underground Railroad. The Homestead is home to the archives of historic Newton.

Being a Master Gardener myself, I thought it significant that Newton has been designated one of three cities nationwide to participate in a pilot tree bank program and has planted over 6,800 seedlings throughout the community.

Senior travelers, bring along a healthy appetite as Newton is famed for its great restaurants with a wide variety of menus and tastes. -jeb

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Seniors Stop In Cambridge


Cambridge, in the Boston metropolitan area, has a population right at 110,000. Senior travelers will find Cambridge  directly north of the city of Boston, across the Charles River. It was named in honor of the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.

Cambridge is home to two of the world’s most prominent universities, Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Cambridge has also been home to Radcliffe College, once one of the leading colleges for women in the United States before it merged with Harvard. I spent a summer at Harvard studying the films of Jean Renoir. Spent a lot of time on Harvard Square, a favorite haunt of the students of Harvard.


Cambridge has been called the “City of Squares” by some, as most of its commercial districts are major street intersections known as squares. Each of the squares acts as a neighborhood center.

Seniors Find History Surrounds Cambridge


There are plenty of Cambridge historic sites and museums for seniors to visit that give insight into the exciting history of this beautiful city. Many of the churches in Cambridge are historical. Harvard University is made up of numerous historical buildings. Austin Hall at Harvard University dates to 1882 and is one of the most visited historical buildings in Cambridge. I well recall walking in the Main Library and seeing an original Gutenberg Bible on display under glass.

The site for what would become Cambridge was chosen in December 1630, because it was located safely upriver from Boston Harbor, which made it easily defensible from attacks by enemy ships. Thomas Dudley, his daughter Anne Bradstreet, and her husband Simon, were among the first settlers of the town.

The first houses were built in the spring of 1631. The settlement was initially referred to as “the newe towne”. Official Massachusetts records show the name as Newe Towne by 1632 and a single word Newtowne by 1638. Manufacturing was an important part of the economy in the late 19th and early 20th century, but educational institutions are the city’s biggest employers today.


 Cemeteries and Museums Draw Senior Visitors

TripAdvisor suggests that senior visitors head for Mt. Auburn Cemetery first, then on to Harvard. There’s no better way to learn the history of Cambridge than visiting the museums in the city: Busch-Reisinger Museum, Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge Arts Council Gallery and the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology.


Seniors, as you cross the St.Charles Bridge on your way over to Cambridge, be on the lookout for students who are skulling on the river. This spot is where they shoot off the 4th of July fireworks from barges as the Boston Pops plays nearby.

Enjoy Cambridge and all that the fine city has to offer visitors. -jeb


Seniors Visit Paradise Valley


Doesn’t that sound like an ideal place to visit and to live? Paradise Valley is a small, affluent town in Maricopa County, Arizona with a population of 14,000. Surrounded by the iconic Camelback Mountain to the south, Phoenix Mountain Preserve to the west, and McDowell Mountains to the east, the Town of Paradise Valley is a quiet desert oasis in the heart of Scottsdale-Phoenix.  With an average of 294 days of sunshine a year, there is no limit to the number of exciting activities senior visitors can pack into each day.

Paradise Valley is the wealthiest suburb of Phoenix. It is known primarily for its many resorts and expensive real estate. However, its history dates back to a more agrarian society. After the initial European settlement, Paradise Valley was first used for cattle grazing.


In the 1880s, when the land was being surveyed so it could be developed into agricultural lots, the name “Paradise Valley” first came into use, being given by surveyors from the Rio Verde Canal Company and its manager at the time, Frank Conkey. According to the official town website, this name may have been chosen due to the abundance of spring wildflowers and Palo Verde trees.

Seniors Discover Home Of Barry Goldwater


Senior travelers, whether your interests lie with arts and culture, professional sporting events, desert hiking adventures, world-class golf courses, shopping, or luxury spa treatments, the Paradise Valley area offers truly special activities. One must-see attraction in town is the Goldwater Memorial.

The Town of Paradise Valley is pleased to have commissioned the first major work of art to celebrate the life of Senator Barry Goldwater. A long time resident of the town, he retired to Be-Nun-I-Kin, Navajo for ”house on top of a hill,’’ the name he gave to his home in Paradise Valley, after serving in the U.S. Senate for three decades.

Living in the Valley of the Sun myself, I have been in Paradise Valley on many occasions. This senior is always impressed with the plethora of beautiful homes that are pinned up against the mountain sides.


Also Home Of Architect Paolo Soleri

TripAdvisor has seven things not to be missed in Paradise Valley, starting with a couple of spas. I have driven by The Franciscan Renewal Center – or “Casa de Paz y Bien” on E. Lincoln Drive on numerous occasions. Existing since 1951, it is a place for spiritual retreats, wellness, worship and healing.

Cosanti, the gallery and studio of Italian-American architect Paolo Soleri,  was his residence until his death in 2013; it was located in Paradise Valley.  Soleri has developed the world renowned line of bronze and ceramic Soleri Windbells and Planters that are collected by folks all over the world.

 Seniors, when you are in the Valley of the Sun (Phoenix area), drive on up to Paradise Valley and take the sites in yourself. Perhaps plan a stay at one of the top-notch resorts and enjoy a soothing spa. -jeb

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Seniors Stop In The Adventure Capital Of The West

Moab Sign Moab, the “Adventure Capital of the West,” is a 4 hour drive from Salt Lake City, 5 hours from Denver or 6 hours from Las Vegas. Moab is a convenient jumping-off point for seniors traveling southward to the Four Corners region and Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park or to Glen Canyon National Recreation area and portions of Lake Powell. One of my daughters finds Moab (pop. 8,900) to be one of her favorite towns…and I’ve taken her to France seven times.

Surrounded by some of the most stunning red rock landscapes on earth, Moab’s unique combination of small resort town hospitality, beautiful scenery and the cool waters of the Colorado River has made it one of the most sought after destinations in the southwest.


The Biblical name Moab refers to an area of land located on the eastern side of the Jordan River. Some believe that the biblical Moab and this part of Utah were both “the far country”. However, others believe the name has Paiute Indian origins, referring to the word “moapa” meaning mosquito. Me, I kinda like the mosquito version.

 Seniors Find Adventure Around Moab

Senior travelers will find Moab in Grand County, in eastern Utah, reknown for its many opportunities for outdoor recreation in stunning natural settings. Folks come for whitewater rafting, kayaking, canoe trips on the Green River, mountain biking, road biking, rock climbing, BASE  jumping, and hiking and backpacking the Canyonlands and Arches National Parks. Others come to Moab seeking adventure like motorcycling, ATV riding, 4×4 Exploring and taking a Hummer Safari.


Deadhorse Point State Park is located at the end of a mesa 2,000 feet above the Colorado River, on the edge of Canyonlands National Park. Legend has it that several mustangs were left in a corral and they died of thirst with the Colorado River in sight 2,000 feet below.

After Deadhorse, plan a visit to Hole N” The Rock, a most unique home, carved out of a huge rock in Utah’s Canyonlands Country. This historic 5,000 square foot home and unusual gift shop and trading post are open all year.

 Seniors Enjoy Historical Mining Town


Moab’s economy was originally based on agriculture, but gradually shifted to mining. Uranium and vanadium were discovered, potash and manganese came next, and then oil and gas. In the 1950s, the discovery of a rich deposit of uranium ore south of the city coincided with the advent of the era of nuclear weapons and nuclear power in the United States, and Moab’s boom years began.


TripAdvisor has lined up 83 things for seniors to see and do in and around Moab. Moab’s ideal climate has made it a magnet for year-round outdoor events and festivals, and the downtown business district has risen to the occasion with a great variety of quality restaurants, shops, and galleries.

Seniors, set your GPS for Moab and explore the plethora of amenities this town has to offer. -jeb


Seniors Explore The World

continents_mapThis senior was curious to find out the largest cities in the world by population and the largest countries by surface area. Get your coffee and let me show you what I discovered. I figured that China was the largest both by population and surface area. I was wrong, very wrong. What do you think the two or three top would be? I’ve been to three of the largest five cities.

Tokyo is far above New York Metro with 33,200,000. I remember trying to take a photo of Tokyo and found that it is impossible. NYC came in second with 17,800,000 and Seoul, Korea missed NYC by only 100,000 and Mexico City by 300,000. You can look these up yourself and many are surprising, at least it was to me. Bombay (Mumbai), Calcutta (Kolkata), Delhi and Chennai are huge in India.

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Now let’s consider the largest countries by total population. China, right. And who follows by only 100 million? Yes, India. But did you know that the USA ranks third just ahead of Indonesia and Brazil.

Seniors Explore The World Some More

So, how are you doing? Now let’s explore the largest in size by area. Any ideas? China? They came in #4 behind Russia, Canada and the USA. Any idea of #5 or #6? Try Brazil and then Australia. They have a lot of land and like Russia, Canada and China, lots of the area is unused and desolate. Not so with the USA.


Russia encompasses 17,075,200 sq. km. Seniors, do you know how much a kilometer is? Well, it is 0.621371 miles and 1 mile equals 1.60934 kilometers. Voila, there you have it, that really helps a lot, doesn’t it? Canada has about half as much land as Russia with 9,994,670 sq. km. I always wonder who is able to figure out those stats right down to the last kilometer. Just 9.7% of the land of Canada is privately held and of course Russi has Siberia.

 Seniors Explore The World Even More

Well, perhaps you are totally bored with all those figures by now. I will depart today’s blog with one last piece of information for those seniors among you who are still reading this article. Curious what the largest bodies of water in the world are?


As you may already know, the Earth is often referred to as the “blue planet.” This particular nickname was given due to the immense volume of water covering the surface of our planet; more specifically, 70% of the Earth is covered by water, making up  326,000,000,000,000,000,000 gallons. Now who did that calculation?

The Pacific Ocean is not only the largest body of water, but it is also the oldest. I’ll let you go figure that one out… I had no idea.  See you back at tomorrow. Ciao. Au revoir. Auf  Weidershehen. Arrivederci. Aloha. Adiós. Sayonara. Shalom. Totsiens. Vale and Zàijiàn. -jeb


Seniors Visit ”Queen of the Silver Camps”

creepy-and-coolI enjoy reading about the best small towns in the US. For Nevada, up came Tonopah, (pop. 2,500) a historic mining town located between Las Vegas and Reno. Seniors find this was the site of one of the richest silver booms in the West, which took place on May 19, 1900.  Tonopah is the county seat of Nye County and is located at the junction of U.S. Routes 6 and 95.

Tonopah is said to be one of Nevada’s Best Kept Secrets. Let’s roll through town via a Big-Rig with the driver providing a non-stop running commentary. He talks about businesses, hotels, museums, restaurants along with what there is for seniors to see and do, like treasure hunting, exploring ghost towns and the off road trails that he says are some of the best anywhere.


Historic Tonopah began with the discovery of gold and silver by prospector Jim Butler, and it happened totally by accident. Butler’s burro had gone missing during the night. When he found him the next morning, being upset, he picked up a rock to throw at him.

It wasn’t just any rock he picked up. It was an extremely heavy rock. Butler soon realized he had stumbled upon the second richest silver strike in Nevada history thanks to his burro.

 Seniors Enjoy Old Hotel


If senior visitors want to stay at a hotel that opened more than 100 years ago, you can do so in this town. The town is also one of the best places for stargazing in the country. Check out the historic Mizpah Hotel (which is said to be haunted) or the creepier Clown Motel, home of over 600 clowns.

There are clowns on the doors, shelves of clown dolls and collectibles in the lobby, clown paintings on the walls of the rooms. And if you have a room on the second floor, you can look out from the balcony and see why the motel is so quiet — and dark at night. It’s right next to the cemetery.

Seniors Visit Historic Mining Park


TripAdvisor starts off with the Tonopah Historic Mining Park. I’d want to be sure to take in the Central Nevada Museum that has won Best Museum in Rural Nevada for three years in a row. Stroll through the Old Tonopah Cemetery where history is etched on every  tombstone.

The Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project in Tonopah has received lots of national attention. It is huge, huge. It is the first utility-scale facility in the world to feature advanced molten salt power tower producing more than 500,000 megawatt-hours of electricity per year. Ground was broken on the project 1 September 2011 and  construction terminated at the end of 2013.

Seniors, after you have dropped a few coins in Las Vegas, head north on Route 95 to Tonopah. You will find it to be a memorable scenic drive and and Tonopah to be an experience unlike other towns you have visited. -jeb

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