This Iowan Goes To Clinton


Clinton, Iowa whose population runs right at 27,000, along with nearby DeWitt, Iowa, was named in honor of the sixth governor of New York, DeWitt Clinton. This senior remembers Clinton very well. When I was in high school, I delivered the Clinton Herald Newspaper to customers in Monmouth, my hometown.

Located only 30 minutes from I-80 and 20 minutes from I-88, Clinton sits on the eastern most section of Iowa along the banks of the majestic Mississippi River. Senior visitors will find one of the most beautiful river fronts on the entire Mississippi River.


A visit to Clinton can include the Bickelhaupt Arboretum, Historical Society Museum, Felix Adler Children’s Discovery Center and a Class-A professional baseball team called the Lumberkings.

Seniors Find Historical Lumber Capital

Clinton is loaded with history . In the late 19th Century, it was known as the lumber capital of the nation. Huge log rafts were floated down river from Wisconsin and Minnesota, cut into lumber in Clinton, and then shipped to growing communities east, west, north and south via the river and railroads.


The railroad and the river continue to provide economic diversity in the area, attracting manufacturing and heavy industry to the community. A host of ongoing events includes the Annual Lumberjack Festival and the Blessing of the Bikes ceremony by the local clergy, so bring along your bike if you are interested, and have it blessed.

Clinton has been recently been added as a stop on the American Queen Upper Mississippi Tour for 2015. Consider taking an Upper Mississippi river cruise on an old-time steamer said to be a “floating antebellum mansion.” The Hop-On Hop-Off Tours featuring shore excursions are highly popular.

Seniors Meet Lumberjacks, Wineries and Riverboats


Other must see and do sites for senior visitors include the Wide River Winery, Eagle Point Park and the City of Clinton Showboat that was built in 1935 and named “The Omar.” She was converted from a tug to a showboat without losing her charming riverboat features and still has her 32 foot oaken paddlewheel.

Plan to visit the Sawmill Museum that can take you back in history when Clinton was so active with all those logs floating down the Mississippi. A recreated 1888 lumberjack camp for kids, and adults young at heart, is where you can come to play and live as lumberjacks and jills.


Clinton is home to Clinton Community College that was founded in 1946 with classes primarily made up of World War II veterans returning home. Ashford University adds to the educational scene.

Many classic older homes dot the landscape all over town. Senior visitors will find Clinton to be a welcoming and quaint river town where Iowans welcome folks of all ages. -jeb


Seniors Stop In Eureka


Eureka, situated along the spectacular Northern California coastline 280 miles north of San Francisco on Hwy 101, is one of California’s best kept secrets. Senior visitors find themselves in the Redwood Empire region of California.

The city borders Humboldt Bay for nearly six miles. Inland, senior travelers will find mountains lush with giant redwoods which offer a reminder of the area’s rich logging heritage. Eureka is the largest coastal city between San Francisco and Portland, and the westernmost city of more than 25,000 residents in the 48 contiguous states.


Eureka got its name from a Greek word meaning “I have found it!” This statement of successful (or hopeful) gold rush miners is also the official motto of the State of California. Abundant redwood forests provided the reason for settlement of this 19th-century seaport town.

Before the arrival of Euro-American settlers including farmers, miners, fishermen and loggers, the area was already occupied by indigenous peoples.

Redwoods and Sequoias Draw Seniors

Senior travelers will find plenty to see and do in Eureka starting with the famed Redwood Highway and the Sequoia Park Garden. The Carson Mansion was built by an early lumber baron, William Carson, in 1885.


The mansion took more than two years to build and it is the most photographed building in Eureka. The architecture is an elaborate combination of Queen Anne, Italianate and Eastlake styles and the mansion dominates the city.

A variety of cultural opportunities are available in Eureka, including active artisan, arts, and theater groups. Outdoor activities such as boating, sport fishing, kayaking, hunting, birding and backpacking are all available.

Seniors Enjoy The Tallest and Oldest Trees

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A cruise out on Humbolt Bay is always a fun way to enjoy the great air along the coast and to get another view of the city. These seniors would head for The Avenue of the Giants, only a short drive from Eureka. The majestic redwoods are not only the tallest trees in the world, they are among the oldest as well.

Both the bark and the interior wood are dark red, thus the name Redwoods. John Steinbeck called the trees “the ambassadors from another time.” If you have never seen the redwoods up close, you are in for a special treat and Park Ranger Susanna shares the wonders of the Redwood National Park on this video.


Take time for a stroll along the Boardwalk and then check out Historic Old Town Eureka , which is on the National Register of Historic Places. Old Town Eureka, the social center in town, hosts a wide variety of events all year, including a Farmer’s Market, Arts Alive, free concerts on the Boardwalk, a classic car show called “Cruzin’ Eureka,” a 4th of July Festival and Blues by the Bay on Labor Day weekend.

Home to interesting historic landmarks, fun family attractions, unique shopping, and some of the most spectacular state and national parks in the country, Eureka is a memorable California vacation destination.


The Mission City Attracts Senior Visitors

images Santa Clara, officially the City of Santa Clara, California, is named after the Spanish mission that was established there in 1777. Senior travelers will find Santa Clara just north of San Jose.

This culturally and economically diverse city, whose population runs right at 120,000, is located in the center of Silicon Valley and is home to the headquarters of several high-tech firms. Santa Clara is also home to Santa Clara University, the oldest institution of higher learning in the state of California.

The SF 49ers call Santa Clara home. Close by, San Jose, Sunnyvale and Cupertino, along with Santa Clara are home to many technical firms… with 40,000 engineers. History abounds in and around the city . Santa Clara won an All-American City award back in 2001 from the National Civic Association.


Senior visitors can “stroll into the past” and follow the 28 historic plaques that trace the city’s past. “The Mission City,” as The City of Santa Clara is known, was founded in 1852.

You will discover a plethora of things to do in and around the city that includes the Mission Santa Clara de Asis and Our Lady of Peace Church.

You will discover that events are ongoing all year long and that visitors of all ages are invited to  experiences the many “Must See and Do” activities.

Sunshine And Great Events  Welcome Seniors

Denver Broncos v San Francisco 49ers

With 19.3 square miles of tree-lined neighborhoods, thriving commercial and industrial centers, and 300 days of sunshine each year, it is an ideal location for individuals, families, and businesses as well as visitors.

Senior visitors, plan to visit the 49ers Museum Presented by Sony, Levi’s Stadium, California’s Great America theme park, Intel Museum, or attend one of the city’s great events like the annual Santa Clara Art and Wine Festival.

Leading businesses are headquartered in Santa Clara;  championship golf courses and world-class shopping are available;  and for you oenophiles, several award-winning wineries. The county of Santa Clara and the San Francisco Bay area overflow with visitor attractions. So drop by and enjoy the many amenities the city has to offer senior visitors. -jeb


Seniors Dip Into Mississippi

oxford-mississippi Today we “dip” into Oxford, Mississippi, founded in 1837, and named after the British university city of Oxford in hopes of having the state university located there, which, seniors learn, it did successfully attract.


The University of Mississippi opened its doors to eighty students in 1848 and has since become a landmark of Oxford and the Heart of the South with over 18,000 students.

Touted as the “Cultural Mecca of the South”, Oxford’s musicians, artists and writers alike find their creative inspiration in Oxford’s rich history, small town charm and creative community .

Over the years Oxford has also been known for offering exceptional culinary experiences and as the home of the University of Mississippi and the Ole Miss Rebels, there is something going on all year round.


Senior visitors are invited to experience in person all the many activities Oxford has to offer. Oxford is known as a “bicycle friendly community,” so senior bicyclers, bring along your bikes.

Seniors View Oxford From A Double Decker

A Double Decker Bus Tour is an advised means for seeing Oxford the first time. It is an hour long tour and includes a visit to the Ole Miss campus, a ride through the historic district in town as well as several other points of interest in the city.

Southern Living Magazine labeled Oxford as one of the South’s Best College Towns. Oxonians , as the locals are called, and University members like to describe Oxford with the motto “We may not win every game, but we never lose a party.”


“Courthouse Square is at the culinary and cultural heart of this quintessential college town, the fertile ground of great minds past and present (William Faulkner and John Grisham, to name a few), and the birthplace of the Southern Foodways Alliance.”

Courthouse Square, or The Square as locals call it, is lined with restaurants, bars, and upscale clothing and antique shops. Because of the University of Mississippi, downtown Oxford has a vibrant nightlife and is a fun place for noctambules (ceux qui ont  l’habitude de se promener la nuit) to visit.

The Square is well designed and is said to look just like a movie set. Since Oxford was incorporated in 1837, this  Square has remained the cultural and economic hub of the city.


Seniors Visit William Faulkner’s Home

Rowan Oak is the famed home of Nobel Prize winning author William Faulkner. This historic home and grounds are located just blocks from the Square. Built by Robert Sheegog in 1848, Rowan Oak became Faulkner’s home in 1930.

Faulkner christened the house “Rowan Oak” after the legend of the Rowan tree, believed by Celtic people to harbor magic powers of safety and protection.

Senior visitors will find that Oxford is a great place to soak up some university small-town atmosphere. So dip into Mississippi and enjoy all the southern charm of  Oxford. - jeb


Seniors Visit A Best Small City

Header-logo-300x72 Morgantown, West Virginia, is situated along the banks of the Monongahela River. Morgantown is the largest city in North-Central West Virginia (pop. 30,000+) and seniors know it as the home of West Virginia University.

Zackquill Morgan, son of Morgan Morgan and his brother David entered the area of Virginia that would become Morgantown in about 1767.  Morgantown is made up of several neighborhoods, some of which had been independent towns that were annexed by the city as it continued to grow.


Senior visitors, the major points of interest include the Earl L. Core Arboretum on the University Campus and Dorsey Knob, a mountain summit on the south edge of the city. Stretching across 1,170 acres, Cheat Lake and the surrounding area is a favorite place for fishing and boating.

Seniors Enjoy WVU Coliseum

Within a 500-mile radius of Morgantown is one-half of the population of the United States and one-third of the population of Canada. Morgantown ranks one of the best small cities in the US. The local Convention and Visitors Center overflows with events, activities, and sports and invites folks of all ages to come and and see why Morgantown is so exciting.


Mountaineer Field is the home of the West Virginia University football team that can seat over 63,500 rabid fans. the WVU Coliseum is one of the nation’s supreme showcases for college basketball and well worth a visit.

This senior being a Master Gardener, I’d head quickly to the West Virginia Botanic Center on Tyrone Road. For theater lovers, the Metropolitan Opera, known as the Met, opened in 1924 and contributes  to the culture of Morgantown. It is on the National Register of Historic Places and features both theatrical and musical performances.

Museums, Botanic Gardens and Arboretum


For “Rock Jocks” and “Historians”, the Museum of Geology and Natural History on Mont Chateau Road rates high for senior visitors.

Downtown Morgantown is a “must see” area. As Morgantown grew, the historic downtown remained the focal point of both the city and the county.

Constructed in 1795, the Old Stone House is now a gift shop. It is the oldest building in Monongalia County and has served as a tavern, a pottery studio, a leather tannery, a church, a tailor shop as well as a home. Five museums draw in folks from across the nation. The Cook-Hayman Pharmacy Museum sounded like one I would like to visit.


There are several scenic parks in town as well as an 82-acre Botanic Garden that features several small designed gardens and forested hiking trails. A boardwalk provides access to a wetlands area.

I would visit the Core Arboretum, an old-growth forest maintained by West Virginia University, loaded with birds, plants and trees in a 91-acre area.

Surrounded by the hills of northern West Virginia, Morgantown is not far from both Pittsburgh and Washington D.C.  I will sign off today with a video of 10 Things You Have to do in Morgantown . Enjoy. -jeb


Seniors Discover Vacation In Puglia


Apulia (Italian: Puglia ) is a region in Southern Italy that I would call the “heel of Italy”. It runs  between the Adriatic and Ionian Seas. On this longest coastline in the Italian peninsula, senior visitors will discover Puglia’s gorgeous seascapes and rich Mediterranean flavors.

Puglia is a land where the Italian cuisine is all-important. Olive oil a basic ingredient for many of the local dishes. The region has a remarkable population density, mostly concentrated in populous centers, while the countryside is all occupied by flourishing cultivation.

This least mountainous Italian region is covered primarily by plains and hills, apart from some lower mountains of the Southern Apennine chain and the Gargano promontory, with high, steep cliffs.

Warm Climate Draws Senior Visitors


With over 800 km of coastline, Puglia is well-loved by senior visitors with a penchant for beaches or life on the open seas.

Whether you spend time on the Adriatic shores around the Straits of Oranto or the wide stretches of sandy beaches on the Ionian Sea in the south-west, one never has to go far to find a great spot just to relax.

All this with a climate as warm and sunny as anywhere senior travelers will find along the Mediterranean Sea. USA Today notes that the heel has it all, except tourists which makes it nice for just meandering through the countryside. With Puglia’s ancient sites and bucolic charm, Italy’s most secluded coast makes a rewarding alternative to the tourist-laden northern part of Italy.

Plan your visit to Puglia for one of the local or  international festivals, especially in the summer with events such as the Otranto Jazz Festival or the La Notte della Taranta, where the area’s traditional dance, the Pizzica is popular.

Seniors Stay at Historic B&B


TripAdvisor highlights the most popular destinations in Puglia. The Cattedrale di Trani and the Basilica di Santa Croce are both highly popular stops. Seniors will not want to miss the Jonian Dolphin Conservation in Taranto.

Consider a stay in Ostuni Masseria Brancati, a popular historic B&B situated in the countryside near the famous town of Ostuni also known as The White City. It’s a typical Puglia farmhouse in the midst of groves of centuries old olive trees.

Visit with your travel agent and plan a trip to the Heel.  The region is served by two major airports in the towns of Bari and Brindisi. It will be a most memorable trip. -jeb

Filed under : Adventure Travel , Europe


Seniors Go Dutch in Oranjestad

images Oranjestad (Dutch, literally “Orange Town” ) is the capital and largest city of Aruba . Senior visitors will find Oranjestad on the southern coast near the western end of the island country.

In the local language, Papiamento, Oranjestad is often referred to simply as “Playa”. It is small town of around 1,000 and the capital of the island of Aruba. Senior visitors will find the town loaded with bright pastel colors on many old buildings in Dutch Colonial style.

All of Aruba, called “ One Happy Island ,” has much to offer visitors of all ages.  “Orange City” was named after King Willem van Oranje-Nassau, who was the first heir to the Dutch Royal House of Orange.

Butterflies And Coconuts Await Senior Visitors

The historic harbor and is divided into two sections, Lower Town and Upper Town. Fort Orange is the principal tourist attraction in town, dating back to the 17th century. TripAdvisor finds 28 things to see and do for first timers on the island.

The Butterfly Farm is a major draw for seniors like the Beckers, who love butterflies. You’ll see  butterflies in all stages of development, from larva to adults flying overhead, with species from around the world. When you have had your time at the Butterfly Farm, head for the Aruba Ostrich Farm with a flock of 80 birds.

Senior visitors will not want to miss Alto Vista Chapel. And senior divers can enjoy the dive site of  an old German warship called The Antilla.

Seniors Enjoy Shopping, Beaching and Birding

Many cruise ships stop at this fine destination for shopping, with Dutch cheese one of the specialities. For those who enjoy picking up some good Vitamin D, head for Arachi Beach where you will walk on very fine soft, sand and enjoy ideal sea conditions.

The early history of Oranjestad is highlighted at the Archeological Museum of Aruba and the Aruba Historical Museum. For birders, the Bubali Bird Sanctuary is a lush site, ideal for viewing many island species.

Arikok National Park is said to be Aruba’s ecological treasure. Along with a wide range of exotic cactus and bright and colorful island flowers, you will see a divi-divi tree.

Deep Sea Fishing is popular along with Jeep safari tours, mountain bike tours, snorkeling, tennis, windsurfing and kitesurfing, sailing trips, and scuba diving. The diving is well known for several awesome shipwrecks and neat coral formations. Ever done a Segway tour?  You can try one on this island.  Glide along and take in the many panoramic views.

Enjoy your island visit. -jeb


Seniors Enjoy A City Of Many Lakes

us-fllkl As a guide at Taliesin West in Scottsdale, AZ, this senior learned that Frank Lloyd Wright designed a campus for Florida Southern College. It is said to be the largest collection of buildings that he ever designed.

Lakeland is a city in Polk County, Florida located between Orlando and Tampa along Interstate 4 with population of just over 100,000. So why the name Lakeland? Easy. The dominant feature in Lakeland is the city’s many lakes. Thirty-eight lakes are named, with a number of other bodies of water unnamed. Lake Parker is the largest.

Much of the culture of Lakeland revolves around its many lakes which are used as reference points in much the same way that streets are used as reference points, such as “I live near Lake Beulah.” Beautiful white swans remain one of the most visible features of the lakes.


Senior History Buffs Enjoy Lakeland

Lakeland was first settled in the 1870s and began to develop as the rail lines reached the area in 1884. The town was founded by Abraham Munn from Louisville, Kentucky. He purchased 80 acres of land in what is now downtown Lakeland in 1882 and  platted the land for the town in 1884. Among the names considered (and rejected) for the town by its residents were Munnville, Red Bug, and Rome City. I liked the “ Red Bug ” option, whatever a red bug is.

Large industries in the Lakeland area are citrus, cattle, and phosphate mining.The city remains an important transportation hub. The county nickname, Imperial Polk County , was coined because a large bond issue in 1914 enabled wide roads between the cities of Polk County.


Among the many sites suggested as must see attractions, senior visitors will enjoy Hollis Gardens, Florida Southern College and Common Ground Park. Senior history buffs and art lovers will enjoy the Polk Museum of Art, and flight enthusiasts can’t miss the annual SUN ‘n FUN Fly-in.

Seniors Stroll Through Gardens, Promenades and Historic District

In the heart of downtown, Lake Mirror Park features an historic promenade, amphitheater and pedestrian walkways. Hollis Garden, found around the walkway, is an awesome formal garden that is highlighted with more than 10,000 flowers and plants all indigenous to the state. And history comes alive in Lakeland’s legendary downtown Historic and Antiques district.


The local Chamber of Commerce notes that… “Everything you look for in a Central Florida vacation is right at your fingertips in Lakeland. The mild weather and warm sunny days attract visitors to the events and attractions that make Lakeland one of Florida’s most colorful and exciting vacation destinations.”

Events are ongoing all year long in Downtown Lakeland . including some great shopping, dining and nightlife. Senior travelers will enjoy a few days in sunny Lakeland. Bring your golf clubs along as well as a healthy appetite.  It will be a memorable visit. -jeb


Seniors Drop  South to Todos Santos

images-2 Get your coffee and let’s head to one of “The Best Places to Visit in Mexico”… Todos Santos . Senior travelers will find  this small coastal town at the foothills of the Sierra de la Laguna Mountains, on the Pacific coast side of the Baja Sur Peninsula, about an hour’s drive north of Cabo San Lucas on Hwy 19.

Senior visitors discover handicraft shops, owner-operated art galleries, upscale restaurants, boutique hotels and restored colonial buildings. There are many beautiful beaches within a 15 minute drive of Todos Santos.


Todos Santos is called Pueblo Magico (magic city). Subterranean springs descending from Sierra La Laguna give birth to this oasis in the middle of a desert peninsula. That’s why mango, papaya, citrus fruits, sugarcane, and avocado are easily grown.

Seniors Visitors Charmed by the ‘Magic City’

In addition to its exuberant plant life, this Magical Town has other charms that it slowly reveals to senior visitors: the beauty of its nearby beaches (perfect for surfing), its arts community, small hotels with excellent service, and a surprising range of dining options.

January signals the start of many annual events and activities with the week long art festival. The rich cultural history of Mexico is celebrated with music, folk dancing and theaterical artists. The Todos Santos Music Festival adds music to the long list of artistic endeavors hosted in this Pueblo Magico.


Blessed with the most favorable climate in Baja Sur, Todos Santos is a haven for artists, craftsmen, surfers and travelers seeking adventure, natural beauty and a healthy lifestyle.

Rich history, centuries’ old traditions and warm hospitality blend with modern conveniences to make this a magical community.

There are some 20 art galleries on the narrow  streets, such as the Galeria Logan, Gabo, and the Faces of Mexico Ethnic Art Gallery, which features some of the area’s traditional masks.

Senior Tourists Enjoy Desert Oasis


Seniors will want to visit the Tortugueros Las Playitas Sea Turtle Conservation Project and spend some time on Playa Los Cerritos that draws in tourists from all over the country. The Ochre-Colored Church is also a major draw for visitors.

The historic Todos Santos Inn, a former hacienda, has been restored as a historic village inn. With its antiques, soaring beamed ceilings and courtyard gardens, the Todos Santos Inn evokes a bygone era. The nearby Playa Cerritos is a world of its own, with surf lessons, local artisans selling trinkets, massages on the beach, and horse-riding lessons.

Some would call Todos Santos one of the most appealing towns in all of Baja, maybe even all of Mexico. A quirky mix of locals, fishers, surfers and New Age spiritualists, the town of ‘All Saints’ has thus far escaped the rampant tourism of the other Cape towns, but still has all kinds of things to see and do.

Seniors, drop on down the Baja and enjoy a few days in Todos Santos. Looks like a fun place to me. -jeb


This Senior Enjoyed La Antigua


La Antigua Guatemala ( Ancient Guatemala ) is a city in the central highlands of Guatemala, a famous Spanish colonial city with a number of spectacular ruins of colonial churches. This senior read someplace that it was selected as the Top City in the World just ahead of Kyoto, Japan.

A flourishing expat community has evolved over the years, seduced by the charm and easy living in Antigua. I could live in Antigua. I found it to be a highly civilized, lively and culturally rich city that is also a World Heritage Center.

Antigua was founded in the early 16th century. Built 1,500 m above sea-level in an earthquake-prone region, it was largely destroyed by an earthquake in 1773 but its principal monuments are still preserved as ruins.


Senior Travelers Enjoy A Colonial City

In the space of under three centuries the city, which was built on a grid pattern inspired by the Italian Renaissance, acquired a number of superb monuments and abounds in colonial history . The many churches and monasteries in Antigua testify to the influence of the Christian church during the colonial period.

Barroco antigueño developed in this area, a regional adaptation of the Baroque style designed to withstand the earthquakes common in the region. Our group on a Medical Group Mission to Uspantan, Guatemala, stayed in an historic convent in Antigua. What a neat experience that was.


Antigua offers accommodations for every taste and budget. On the street, vendors are selling many types of hand crafted items.

When seniors visit Antigua, you will see the locals wearing a wide array of very bright colors with highlighted details.

Our group took a side trip up to Lac Atitlan that has Pacaya Volcano, smoking and active. The BBC notes that Guatemala is a Top Cultural Destination . Antigua makes one feel that time might have stopped some 300 years ago.

Seniors Experience The Splendors Of Ancient Times

With its colonial architecture and beautiful surroundings, senior visitors just strolling through town on the cobblestone streets will experience the splendors of ancient times on every corner.


The city had a peak population of some 60,000 in the 1770s; the bulk of the population moved away in the late 18th century. Despite significant population growth in the late 20th century, the city had only reached half that number by the 1990s. Today the city numbers 40,000 inhabitants.

This senior has been in many old historic towns in Mexico, South America, The Dominican Republic, Haiti, Europe, and Japan, and memories of Antigua still remain strong in my mind.

Antigua hosts the largest celebrations for Lent and Easter in the Western Hemisphere. Put Antigua on your Travel Bucket List and research Antigua Guatemala on Google or and you will be amazed. -jeb

Filed under : Central America

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