NOLA

Arriving at New Orleans was easy after being picked up by our designated driver from our Bed and Breakfast. He was very informative and gave us a mini tour on the way into the French Quarter where we stayed.

When we arrived … wine awaited us.

While being checked in I had to take a few pictures of the Bed and Breakfast.

The gallery wall and chandelier caught my eye as they were amazing!

After being checked in…

…We were hungry and our driver recommended the best place for Shrimp Po-Boys. (A fabulous sandwich on toasted French bread with special sauce , fried shrimp and lettuce. The shrimp are butterflied to perfection.) It was a short walk away for the sandwich.

We split one in half and it was delicious!

Off we went walking as Bourbon St. was only a few blocks away. We were determined to have drinks at the oldest bar in America called Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop. My son had told me about this place being lit by candles and twinkle lights at night.

It was built first as a home in 1770. It is one of the oldest standing structures in New Orleans and said to be the most haunted venue in the French Quarter. After a cocktail, with no ghosts seen, we were off. We were thrilled to see that Bourbon St. was not crowded and we made our way down to see a few bands playing at different establishments.

Outside on the street were a few frozen in time individuals. This man did not move an inch as we watched him a few minutes.

We were happy that Bourbon St. was calm and enjoyed the sights.

We stopped in at a small restaurant that was right around the corner from our bed and breakfast for a night cap. Not a touristy place but a neighborhood establishment…

One of the homes that lined the street on our walk back to our bed and breakfast.

Our first day in New Orleans was wonderful! And I had already had a Shrimp Po-Boy and walked on Bourbon St.. Two items already checked off My List of things to do in New Orleans! Stay tuned for my next post of Tuesday Tidbits! I will share our second day where more was checked off My List as well!

Until Next Time ~Nancy

Tuesday Tidbits #11

Sometimes you just want something a little sweet but don’t want to eat unhealthy. I have the perfect recipe for you! These are called…

Energy Bites

And they are easy and delicious! No baking required!

1 cup oatmeal

1/2 cup peanut butter

1/4 cup coconut oil

1/3 cup honey

1 cup shredded coconut

1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

1/4 cup raisins

1/4 cup craisins

1 tsp. Vanilla

Mix everything in a large bowl until mixed thoroughly. Chill in fridge for one hour. Once chilled roll into balls. Store in airtight container in the refrigerator.

Keep in refrigerator for a week…if they last! Or freeze.

Enjoy!

Happy Tuesday Everyone!

You will love these!

Until Next Time ~Nancy

Desert Love

The desert is starting to bloom a bit early!

I enjoy hiking the trails of the Desert where scenes can be…

… breathtaking…

…stunning…

…and phenomenal…

It’s called Desert Love…

Until Next Time ~Nancy

Tuesday Tidbits #10

Last week a bunch of us jumped into our 4 wheel drive Jeeps and/or trucks to explore an area of Arizona called Agua Fria National Monument which is filled with Native American Pit Ruins. Pit ruins are the ancient rock dwellings of the Hohokam Tribe. We found many dwellings but we were really in search of PETROGLYPHS!

As you can see we found them. But it took some climbing to get to them.

So what are Petroglyphs?

Petroglyphs were made by Native Americans who carved, chiseled, scraped drawings into the rocks near to where they once lived. No one really knows the exact interpretations of them. Only the individuals who made them really have the answer to their drawings. Some can be a spiritual, religious, visionary or dreams of the individual who made them.

Here you can see a cat chasing an animal… no one knows for sure what this Hohokam was trying to tell us except that he may have seen a Bobcat or Mountain Lion hunting for his dinner that day.

The Petroglyphs in Agua Fria National Monument are all of the Hohokam Style dating back to 300 AD to 1300 AD.

Here we see animals (bighorn sheep, deer, snakes) along with a people.

People hand in hand shows friendship according to Native Americans.

Deer…

You can see that the Petroglyphs were found all along the canyon wall. There wasn’t a trail… so much climbing was involved. This was a beautiful example of a deer. Sweet Man is making sure I see it.

A snake? …but it also can symbolize migration. Many tribes used this symbol to show their migration from North, South, West and East until they circled back to where they called it home.

A nice example of deer and big horn sheep and how we had to climb among the rocks!

The temperatures were chilly so the threat of snakes was low. But I did find this snake skin…

We were thrilled with how many we found along the canyon wall.

These were found in the same area but are not of animals… the four direction symbol usually represents… four sacred mountains or four sacred crops or four stages of life or directions of north, south, east and west. It could even mean the four seasons.

This is not the only place in Agua Fria National Monument where we saw Petroglyphs.

The image below was not any where near Agua Fria NM. Is it a snake or the Migration symbol?

And Sweet Man and I visited Painted Rock near Dateland, AZ. This was an amazing area filled of boulders covered in Petroglyphs.

And we also saw Newspaper Rock in Canyonlands National Park in Utah.

There are millions of Petroglyphs in Arizona. The Anasazi, the Hohokam, the Navajo, the Hopi, the Apache and many more tribes… all have different styles.

We had a great day exploring!

Have you ever seen Petroglyphs? Would you like to see them out in the Wild, Wild West? I’d love to hear from you. Thanks for coming along on our adventure!

Until Next Time ~Nancy

Tuesday Tidbits #9

Mexican Hot Chocolate

Have you ever had Mexican Hot Chocolate? It’s rich and delicious! When there’s a chill in the air I make us some of the heavenly treat.

First you need a mug that can hold a lot!😊

A wooden Molinillo is also needed. It’s a wooden whisk.

Don’t forget the Mexican Chocolate.

I purchased mine at our local grocery store. It can also be found online.

Take one chocolate tablet…

and place it in a sandwich bag and break it up into pieces. I use my rolling pin.

Heat 4 cups of milk in a pot. When it’s warm add ALL the broken up chocolate.

Stir constantly…

Pour this rich deliciousness into a mug and enjoy! Add some cookies and you have the perfect treat!

I like to pour the rest in my handmade pitcher that keeps it hot until I want more.

A Castle Ride

It’s always good to get out in the desert. It clears our minds and refreshes the soul.

We gather our friends, in the early morning hours, and off we go.

There’s always a plan …on where we go. We all love to explore.

We have had more rain then usual so the desert has been more green then usual.

Grass in the desert is always a beautiful sight. But we love our rocks as well.

This road is called Castle Creek Road for a reason! We were in awe!

The Hoodoos greeted us with their vastness.

Around every corner we saw beauty on this ride.

Some beauty was in the eye of the beholder. This stopped us in our tracks!

Isn’t she beautiful?! She’s called an Arizona Blonde! Ha, ha, what a name! Yes, it’s a tarantula. They actually are not poisonous and if you are bit… the reaction is that the skin becomes mildly irritated. Our friend helped her get out of the road.

We actually saw 3 that day… all in different places. They hardly ever come out of their burrows unless it’s mating season. So… we think they were out lookin’ !

The petroglyphs are getting more modern…

Like I said, the desert is more green but we all had to stop when we saw an entire hillside covered in moss. We could not believe it!

This just doesn’t happen in the desert…

It was so beautiful to see!

I hope you enjoyed our Castle Ride… down Castle Creek Road. It wasn’t Ireland but we had our own Arizona version of castles and even some moss!

The wild burros enjoyed it very much!

The Arizona Back Country never disappoints. It’s why we love to explore!

There’s adventure around every bend.

Thanks for the visit!

Until Next Time ~Nancy

Tuesday Tidbits #8

Happy New Year!

Live from Arizona!

No projectiles were used! Noise only cannon blast! 😃

Sweet man built his cannon back when he was in high school. It still works beautifully!

Welcome 2019!

We wish you all health, happiness and lots of love and laughter!

Until Next Time ~Nancy

Reminiscing

A New Year is about to embark upon us. Reminiscing brings us fond memories. 2018 was a fabulous one for us. We enjoyed many travels and a beautiful wedding where my oldest son married his beautiful bride.

And here at Two Trails One Road more posts were more popular then others. The most popular posts viewed by you from 1-6 are…

1. A Bike Ride Tour

2. A Pennsylvania Spring

3. Tuesday Tidbits

4. Road Trip

5. AmAZing Arizona

6. Gardening on Both Sides of the Mississippi

What a fabulous year!

Blogging has given me the opportunity to connect with so many people. I appreciate all your words of kindness, encouragement and support. Thank you for enjoying my posts! Happy New Year my friends!

Until Next Time ~Nancy

A Christmas Tea

Christmas has found its way out to the She Shed.

When living in the Southwest … a Barbed Wire Wreath is a must! It hangs proudly along with the other Santa Wreath.

So come on in…

We are having tea.

There’s quite a bit of love in the above photo. The candle is from my daughter in love and son. The Santa is from my youngest son which he gave me many years ago! The Mexican ornaments are from my sister along with the Owl cookie cutter I used …to make the Owl Gingerbread cookies. The Santa glasses are from my neighbor. I am using them for the sugar and creamer. The Tartan plates remind us of all the Tartan Plaid at the LakeHouse. Oh, and don’t forget the Nut Horns… they remind Sweet Man of his Aunt Helen! She made these wonderful delicacies every Christmas.

Do you see the little sign I painted years ago as a reminder that I really do have a Blog! Two Trails One Road was Sweet Man’s idea for my Blog Name. I loved it from the get go. He also built my potting Shed!

Please pull up a chair… my potting bench has turned into a table. The homemade Christmas Cookies are delicious with the peppermint tea. It’s all quite tasty.

I hope you enjoyed your visit.

We are all “a glow” that you did!

Merry Christmas from the Potting Shed … a.k.a …She Shed!

Until Next Time ~Nancy

Tuesday Tidbits #6

Christmas in the Desert is a sight to see! We don’t have your normal evergreen trees to decorate so creativity is a key!

Seeing cactus lit up at night is a treat to see.

Of course each community has their lights display!

The Court House and trees on the square of Prescott are beautiful!

The Glendale Lights in Glendale, AZ are fun!

Our very own Anthem has a tall Christmas Tree. It’s the biggest Christmas Tree in Arizona!

Some like to have fun with their cactus for Christmas.

Whatever the case… we love Christmas here in the southwest!

Until Next Time ~Nancy

Tuesday Tidbits #5

A wonderful way for displaying your travel memories are placing them on your Christmas Tree!

These are my photos on Christmas Ornaments that I make using Shutterfly. But you could most likely use any photo processing place.

I love the metal ornaments as they hold up very well! Plus… I can display photos on both sides. Here is my San Antonio ornament. When flipped to the other side… you are able to see more memories!

I hope you can start decorating your tree with your travel memories. We enjoy ours very much!

I am so pleased you stopped by for another Tuesday Tidbits. Thank you!

Until Next Time ~Nancy