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.


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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Morgan’s Point – A Tiny Texas City Of Approximately 350 Residents and Roseate Spoonbills

“In 1835 Colonel James Morgan was appointed agent for a company called the New Washington Association. He immediately purchased for the company an enormous quantity of land in Harrisburg, Liberty & the point at the mouth of the San Jacinto River & Galveston Bay. Here he laid out the town of New Washington (later to become Morgan’s Point). The company brought a number of Scottish highlanders & free blacks from New York, including Emily D. West (the legendary Yellow Rose of Texas) to the colony.” (Source:  City of Morgan’s Point)

So, I’m looking for the “Yellow Rose of Texas Bird Sanctuary” due to the above sign.  When I stop a gentlemen to ask, he grabs the charming Sergeant Bryan Richardson who informed me all of Morgan’s Point is a bird sanctuary.  We chatted some more and Sergeant Richardson and his friend were kind enough to give me a little history of Morgan’s Point and directions to a few cool sites to see.  Now that’s some appreciated hospitality 🙂
Cute, little park is right next to City Hall, oh and the Mayor does the city’s Museum Tours, but they are closed on the weekend.
John A. Grimes Memorial Park
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Chilling out for a bit – taking a break from building their nest.

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Houston Transtar – Greater Houston Transportation and Emergency Management Center

(PHOTO CREDITS:  All photos were generously provided courtesy of Houston Transtar and are property of Houston Transtar)

While I knew Houston Transtar existed and my Dad had taken their tour years ago, I knew almost nothing about what they do there.  I reached out to Ms. Dinah Massie, Public Information Officer who couldn’t have been any nicer, knowledgeable and (just saying), has great fashion sense too . We met May 16, 2017 for my tour. 

Houston Transtar’s Transportation Control Room

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Memorial Park in Pasadena, Texas – A Perfect Gem!

What a little treasure of a park!! The 49 acre, Memorial Park in Pasadena, Texas was just beautiful and I was shocked to only see a grand total of 9 people there!!! If I lived closer I would be there a LOT!!!


500 W Jackson Ave, Pasadena, TX 77506

This proud Mama was my welcome to the park.  Her babies were adorable!!!

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Ann’s Fine Gifts & Clocks (Men: Get Your Lady’s Gift, Free Gift Wrapping And Cards – Bam! Shopping Done – All In One Swoop!!)

I’ve shopped at Ann’s Fine Gifts & Clocks, Inc. for YEARS now!! It’s my “go to shop” for the challenging people in my life that are hard to buy for!

Ann’s always has new treasures to discover with each visit!
I love the way the items are displayed too!

Birthday’s and Christmas time are my favorite times to shop at Ann’s Fine Gifts & Clock Shop as you can ALWAYS find something truly unique!!


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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

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 🙂 

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
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:

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