2020 was an awkward year as the Covid-19 pandemic took hold. In many places there were grocery stores with empty shelves. Some Americans are spoiled people who are used to having everything. This is of course my opinion through observation. Many restaurants were shut down and people had to cook their own food. Quite a few Americans struggled having to live like many people live around the globe without restaurants available. When things do not go your way one must adapt. This year I focused more on my Mexican and German cooking, Soups, and Bean dishes, but also adapted to not having certain items readily available at the store. With this change, I was able to learn more culinary techniques, and apply them to even more delicious dishes. The one thing I am happy to see is more people learning to prepare their own food. That is a plus for 2020! Food is very important for the mind, body, and spirit. With that said, here is my 2020 year in food. Just a sampling of the 240 plus home meals I cooked this year. Bon Appetite!

2020 Albert Moyer, Jr. Photography

Magnifying Glass- A Haiku

The evidence there

Hidden to the naked eye

I will magnify.

2020 Albert Moyer, Jr. Photography and Poetry

The Japanese Rock Garden- A Haiku

The sands are shifting

The Islands and Mountains move

Relaxing it is

2020 Albert Moyer, Jr. Poetry and Photography

A beautiful state park in East Texas with some of the best paddling trails in Texas. Here are a few photos from my trip. For more information https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/martin-dies-jr

Degray lake is a beautiful state park in Arkansas that offers great facilities, wildlife, and a place to relax. Here are a few photos I took. For more information check it out here https://www.arkansasstateparks.com/parks/degray-lake-resort-state-park

Located in the Petit Jean River Valley of Arkansas is a beautiful state park with many hiking trails, a swimming pool, tennis courts, lake, fishing, etc. I really liked Cedar Falls. If you look close you will see the falls in the hole. The valley was amazing! The rock formations are called the turtles and the cave is Rock Cave. Here are a few of my photos while hiking several areas. For more information visit here https://www.arkansasstateparks.com/parks/petit-jean-state-park

 

 

A few photos from my visit to this exceptional park in Arkansas. In the Bible Mount Nebo is the place where Moses died. Perhaps the name for this park is derived from the similarities in mountains. These photos were taken along the rim trail. To learn more about this park visit here https://www.arkansasstateparks.com/parks/mount-nebo-state-park

2,753 feet above the Petit Jean River Valley lies Mount Magazine. It is full of fantastic views, activities, wildlife, and excellent accommodations. For more information visit here https://www.arkansasstateparks.com/parks/mount-magazine-state-park

 

A while back I researched this area, and I wanted to travel there a few years back, but it was heavily flooded. This year there was no flood and I was looking for an escape free of people and full of fresh air. Beavers Bend State Park answered the call perfectly. It is like a one stop shop for adventure with horseback riding, zip lines, a train, kayaking, hiking, paddle boats, a marina with house boat rental, trout fishing, a lodge, cabins, wood and American Indian art by Choctaw Indians, and wildlife and nature. A few of my photos and a link to their page https://www.travelok.com/state-parks/422