Serena, Roz & Manny

Serena, Roz & Manny

This web site is your windshield to our adventures from the comfort zone of your own space. The road ahead of us is constantly changing, and so is the content of our web site. Hop aboard, and enjoy the ride!

We’ve got places to see, stories to find, people to meet, experiences to blog, recipes to share, photos to take, and videos to shoot. Read more »

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Farewell, Big Boy

We just found out that Martin “Big Boy” Grant, lead singer and harmonica player of the All Night Blues Band, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, March 6, 2015, at the prime of his life. He will be sorely missed. Our heartfelt condolences to his family and to his partner Sean “Bad” Apple, the other half of All Night Blues Band.

We have compiled a video of his performances at the Ground Zero Blues Club in Clarksdale, Mississippi and on Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee, which we had the good fortune to enjoy during our musical odyssey last year.

Rest in peace, Martin. We’re sure you’re already jammin’ with the best in the Great Gig in the Sky.

Categories: America, Blues, Friends, Music | 3 Comments

Serena is selected Miss July 2015

Once again, one of our entries in the 2015 Leisure Travel Vans Photo Contest was chosen to grace the month of July in the 2015 Leisure Travel Vans Calendar. The photo was taken at Windsor Ruins, the remains of a magnificent Classic Greek Mansion on a Mississippi plantation.

Windsor Ruins

Serena at Windsor Ruins

Last year we submitted quite a few calendar-quality photos. Here are some of them:

Serena at Jefferson Memorial

Serena at Jefferson Memorial

Serenade for Serena

Serenade for Serena

Serena at Mabry Mill

Serena at Mabry Mill

Serena gets the scoop

Serena gets the scoop

Serena at Devils Tower

Serena at Devils Tower

Serena in St. Louis

Serena in St. Louis

Categories: America, Archaeology, Architecture, Nature, Photography | 10 Comments

A Day with the Ancients

One of the things I like most about travel is to actually visit the places you have previously seen only in history books or on a National Geographic special. I have been waiting since Mrs. Earhardt’s fifth grade class to visit the Cliff Dwellings in Mesa Verde, Colorado. Read more »

Categories: America, Archaeology, Culture, History, State and National Parks | 6 Comments

Monumental Monuments

Have you ever wondered how they carved the monument at Mount Rushmore out of solid granite? Were you picturing a sculptor like Michelangelo, a solitary figure dangling perilously from a scaffold chipping away with a hammer and chisel? Read more »

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A new focus

There is NOTHING like your first bison sighting. Read more »

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Friends at the Factory

As you use your motorhome —and when you see all the bells and whistles on newer models— you start to develop a list of things to fix, add, or change if you have the chance. After four years with Serena, our wish list was getting pretty long, so we decided that this was the summer to head to the Leisure Travel Van factory in Winkler, Manitoba for some work. Read more »

Categories: Canada, Friends, LTV, RV Maintenance | 6 Comments

Chicago, more than the Blues

We got a late start out of St. Louis, so after only an hour’s driving, we were ready for lunch. We usually drive the back roads and avoid the interstates, but this time we opted to take the faster I-55, hoping to arrive by early evening at the home of our dear friends Steve and Joyce Miller who live in Wheaton IL, a lovely suburb of Chicago. Read more »

Categories: America, Blues, Cuisine, Friends, Music | 11 Comments

St. Louis got soul!

Serena in St. Louis

Serena in St. Louis


St. Louis was only supposed to be a good stopping point, about halfway between Memphis and Chicago, where we had planned to visit with friends. Read more »

Categories: America, Architecture, Blues, Campgrounds, Cuisine, Entertainment, Music | 9 Comments

Memphis Mojo

The wonderful world of Nashville was like a warm-up act for the great superstar, Memphis. Center stage is Beale Street, which is cordoned off on the weekends, making the three block long corridor feel like one giant block party. Where Nashville is mainly Country, Memphis is Blues and Rock and Roll. Read more »

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All Shook Up Over Elvis

Because Manny and I are on a musical odyssey, of course we wanted to explore the Elvis phenomenon. I must admit, I was never an Elvis fan. After all, his rise to fame began in 1955 when I was 7, a little too young to appreciate his gyrating hips and outrageous new style. I wish I had seen the Milton Berle show in 1956 when Elvis’s flamboyance caused such controversy that in his appearance on the Ed Sullivan show the following year, he was shown only from the waist up. Read more »

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