Seabreeze Park in La Porte, Texas

(Above photo:  Black-crowned Night-Heron)

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Is Sylvan Beach Park crowded? Bee bop on over to Seabreeze Park instead (sorry, no beach though but it’s a great little La Porte, Texas park!)
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You get that nice breeze and it’s a tranquil little park.
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Seemed like a good fishing day out there too as I witnessed a few good catches!

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Battleship Texas – Part II (Ben Affleck filmed here for the movie Pearl Harbor)

(Above Photo:  Mr. Verlon Anderson) (For Part I of The Battleship Texas click here)

After beginning this post, I learned of Seaman Mr. Verlon Anderson.  He proudly served our great country in WWII.  Mr. Anderson had an interesting connection to the Battleship Texas!!!  Seaman Anderson escorted the only non military arrival ever to the Battleship Texas….Mr. Verlon Anderson brought the young reporter, Walter Cronkite onto the ship during the North African Invasion of WWII! (Thank you Mr. Craig E. Ferrell, Jr. and Mrs. Pamela Ferrell for sharing this wonderful story!  Mr. Anderson was Mrs. Ferrell’s Uncle!).  I’d also like to take a moment to thank all of our veterans – both past and present – my absolute gratitude for your service!!!

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Above Photo:  Dan Gallo, Volunteer Guide (2nd from Left) with visitors Don and Toni Pharis and Susan and Russell Gifford

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The Battleship Texas – A True Legend!

The Battleship Texas is huge first of all!! But did you know it was in both World War I and II? The ship was launched on May 18, 1912 and commissioned on March 12, 1914.  BB-35 was the most powerful military weapon in the world at the time.  The ship was the first US Battleship to mount anti-aircraft guns and first to control the gunfire with directors and range keepers that greatly assisted with firing accuracy. The Battleship also was one of the first to get radars in the US Navy in 1939. She helped protect the personnel on the ship and the US citizens.  Then on April 21, 1948, 36 years after her launch, she was decommissioned and became a memorial ship for Texas.

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You’ll find these murals about the San Jacinto Battle along the Independence Pkwy. S., in La Porte, TX on the way to see the USS Texas Battleship

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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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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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LAST CHANCE FOREVER; Birds Of Prey Is Our Feature of Today!

Today’s post is all about Birds of Prey! While at the San Jacinto Day festival, I was privileged to witness a demonstration on Birds of Prey graciously put on by the San Antonio based, nonprofit organization –  Last Chance Forever.  They are “dedicated to the rehabilitation of sick, injured and orphaned birds of prey, scientific investigation, and also just as importantly, the education of the public” (source: LastChanceForever.org).  

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Photo:  Ms. Kelly Rayner, Program Coordinator-Last Chance Forever, San Antonio,TX (Holding a Northern Crested Caracara).  You can really see the huge talons and wing strength!
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Photo:  Northern Crested Caracara – What a truly beautiful bird!  According to Rapture Technician, Mr. Ian Joplin, (and lifesaver for this article!), the Caracara’s are very intelligent birds that can hunt and eat carrion, sometimes incorrectly referred to as a Mexican Eagle.

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The trust level these birds have for both Ms. Rayner and Mr. Schmid is amazing as they showed us the bird’s release and immediate return back to both handlers.

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Photo:  Ms. Kelly Rayner (Left)(Holding a A juvenile Bay-winged Hawk or Harris’ Hawk, both names are accepted) and Mr. Robert Schmid, Volunteer for Last Chance Forever (Right) 
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Photo:  Here we a close up of the stunning juvenile Bay-winged Hawk/Harris’ Hawk

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Photo:  This hybrid falcon, a cross between a Sakar Lanner and a Lanner Falconlitte was too cute!

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I wanted to give you a perspective on the size of this Barred Owl

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What a truly remarkable and stunning bird!!! Isn’t it just magnificent!!!!

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This Barred Owl was just so captivating to look at I HAD to get a close up!

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This red phase Eastern Screech Owl, (the red is a recessive trait to more common gray phase) was the cutest little thing ever!!!

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Look at the HUGE size of this magnificent Golden Eagle!

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Gorgeous isn’t it? What a rare opportunity for those of us in the audience to see such a bird!

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The Golden Eagle (above)

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Stunning isn’t it!

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So glad I was able to see this unbelievable demonstration!! I was sad to say goodbye to the Golden Eagle!

Note:  If you would like to donate to this worthy cause or volunteer in some capacity, please contact info@LastChanceForever.org or visit their website at www.LastChanceForever.Org.  Here’s an interesting article if you’d like to read more.

HUGE shout out of thanks to Mr. Ian Joplin, Rapture Technician, who helped make sure I was labeling the birds of prey photos correctly!

Thanks for your feedback! Max and I always love to hear your thoughts!

Elizabeth and Max