The Fred Hartman Bridge – “Presidential Award” Winner!

I have a confession….I LOVE bridges! Hearing about the Fred Hartman Bridge from traffic reports, etc. and never having seen it..why not take a few snaps since I was already close by?! 

The bridge connects La Porte to Baytown, Texas

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Cost…over $100 million to construct in the mid ’90’s – Opening day was September 27, 1995 and George W. Bush was there.  

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Sylvan Beach Park in La Porte, Texas

Sylvan Beach Park in La Porte, Texas was a pleasant surprise …sort of…

Having had some other things to do in La Porte, Texas, I decided to check out Sylvan Beach for the first time.  Well, good news/bad news…of course I just “happened” to go when they were getting ready for a huge firework show and event with Clay Walker singing, etc. so the beach was closed! However, good news is that I was allowed to hurry and snap a few quick photos as a favor and will likely return soon 🙂 ! It seemed nice, quite and pretty.  Just not sure if that was due to it being closed or not…stay tuned on that part 🙂 

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What a clean and pretty little beach – it’s located at 636 N Bayshore Dr., La Porte, TX 77571
Hours:  Mon-Sun: 7:00am to 10:00pm
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Ruddy Turnstone – The oldest recorded Ruddy Turnstone was a male, and at least 16 years, 11 months old, when he was recaptured and rereleased during banding operations in New Jersey in 2012. He had been banded in Delaware in 2001 (Source:  AllAboutBirds.org)

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Bridgeland’s Farmers Market – 2nd Sunday Of Each Month (Rain or Shine!) 10% Discount Offers Inside! :)

Photo Above:  Balakrishna, Vemuru, Sushma, Murali and Ramadu with Gage Lydahl of Atkinson Farms

I had no idea there was a Farmer’s Market near me until I received an email from Ms. Leah Stapleton of the SPR Agency telling me about it.  Why not check it out 🙂 .  I try not to shop/buy while getting posts ready, but I confess to leaving with 2 buckets of yummy tomatoes from Atkinson Farms 🙂 – yum!

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Tim and Mary King – The Royalty of BBQ Sauce at King of the Pit Bar-B-Que Sauce

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Matthew Brantley of BZ Honey

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City of La Porte 125th Anniversary Car & Air Show

Above Photo:  Miss Sylvan Beach 2017, Savannah Stein

May 13th was the City of La Porte’s 125th Anniversary Car and Air Show so off I went to see what it was all about 🙂 the vintage planes and cars were a blast to see!

Do I know much about cars or airplanes? Nope…but they sure were pretty! Enjoy! Somewhat of a trip down memory lane with some of the cars 🙂 

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Ian, Angie, Major, Marshall and Landon all came out for the show! Look at the tiny truck!!

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Most of these cars were like this…polished and impeccable!

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All I can tell you is it’s a Nova and sleek!

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Houston Press BrewFest 2017 – Cheers!

Everyone was ready to get their beer on at the Houston Press BrewFest 2017!

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(Left to Right) Katelyn Upton, Kathryn Bonestead and Heidi Bonilla
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By 3:30pm – only 30 minutes into the event – it was already getting packed!

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Old Town Spring – Full of Quaint, Fun Shops and Eateries in Spring, Texas (SAVE UP TO 20% OFF!!!) Just Mention Houston Photo Journey!

Old Town Spring is an area not far from Houston, Texas…actually, it’s in Spring, Texas but these quaint shops are all grouped in an area we call “Old Town Spring” it’s sort of like stepping back in time when visiting.  It’s always a fun time visiting. Here’s a little taste of what it has to offer… (KEEP READING FOR MULTIPLE DISCOUNT OFFERS FOR HOUSTON PHOTO JOURNEY READERS!!! 🙂 – Plan ahead and do some early holiday shopping with these discount offers! ) 

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Meet the lovely Chanell Lauxman and her sidekick Clyde of Connie’s Bath Shack

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My Red Cardinal (and Bird Obsession), at Bear Creek Park in Houston, Texas

As my daughter’s “Hoosier” Dad pointed out recently, the Northern Cardinal is Indiana’s Official State Bird and has been since 1933. However, Indiana is not alone…Illinois, West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio, North Carolina, and Virginia all choose this as their State Bird!  The males are the beautiful red ones, the females are the brown ones with reddish wings.  I just think they are beautiful and sound so cheerful! To me, they have always been associated with a sign of good luck and happiness! I always tell my kids, when I see my Red Cardinals, I know it’s a good omen and will be a wonderful day! 

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I was driving through Bear Creek park the other day and stumbled on this beautiful Red Cardinal about to take a bird bath so I had to stick around!

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Splish splash he was taking a bath…

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