There are many roads in the United States, and many will be missed because of freeways or flying across America. However, if you go and search, there are many beautiful sights and places to drive. The Pig Trail Scenic Byway is one of those roads. It’s known as Arkansas 23. I found it as pleasant a drive as the Smoky Mountains or the Blue Ridge Mountains. This route is known as the Pig Trail because many Arkansas Razorback fans travel it to Fayetteville for games. Wooo Pig Sooie! Enjoy the photos! See you on the road.

On my recent road trip, I was able to visit the Thorncrown Chapel which was designed by E. Fay Jones who apprenticed under the famous Frank Lloyd Wright. The design was inspired by Sainte-Chapelle in Paris, France. With all the glass windows it leaves itself to a perfect spot for prayer and weekly Sunday morning services. I found great peace and beauty there. A place where you can truly feel the holy spirit.

For more information visit their website here https://thorncrown.com/

On a recent road trip, I took time to visit this beautiful chapel. It’s located in Bella Vista, Arkansas up in the Quachita Mountains. The chapel was designed to celebrate God and his creations. The views are spectacular as it is made of glass so that you see the forest and mountains. If you see God in nature, you will feel right at home inside this magnificent piece of architecture. For more information visit this link

http://www.cooperchapel.com/

Hurricane Ike hit on September 13, 2008. It forever changed the landscape of Galveston, Texas and the greater Houston area for that matter. I’ll never forget it’s power. Oak trees are not native to Galveston, but many were planted over the years to provide shade and add beauty to the island. Several were wiped out by hurricane Ike. I recently discovered that many artists breathed life into the standing oak stumps by carving art into them. Some are whimsical and some have meaning but they add a beauty and leave a memory that there is always hope after the storm. Whatever storm it may be. It was a journey and adventure to locate many of them around the island but also a way to see Galveston that I have never seen before. The neighborhoods beyond the beaches and seawall. It was definitely like a treasure hunt! I won’t include all the sculptures here. They are for you to go and find! Adventure! The collection of photos here are some of my favorites. Enjoy!

This palace is palatial at every level. Contruction started in 1887 and was completed in 1893 at a cost of $250,000. It was built by lawyer and politician Walter Gresham, which is why it is also known as Gresham’s Castle. The home is made of stone and has withstood all hurricanes including the great storm of 1900. I would say the builders knew a thing or two about the Three Little Pigs. In 1923, the home was purchased for $40,500, by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Galveston for Bishop Christopher E. Byrne with the Sacred Heart Catholic church being conveniently across the street. Bishop Byrne lived there until 1950. In 2013, the home was sold to the current owners The Galveston Historical Association. From an architectural and artistic standpoint, the craftsmanship, materials, and art throughout the home are the best for the time and even by today’s standards. It’s an incredible home as you will see by some of the photos. I hope these photos inspire your own visit to learn about the history and see the beauty of this home. For more information visit here https://www.galvestonhistory.org/sites/1892-bishops-palace

It was a pleasure to finally tour the Moody Mansion in Galveston, Texas. Its opulence cannot be understated for the time in history that it was built in 1895. The home has much history and has a total of 31 rooms. Prior to the Moody’s purchasing the $100,000 home for $20,000 after the great hurricane in 1900, it was owned by Narcissa Willis. From what I read she wanted a mansion, and her husband wanted the money distributed to their ten children upon his death. She did not abide by that, had her old home demolished, and built the mansion. It cost her dearly in my view because her ten children never talked to her again and she died a widow all alone in her dream house in 1899.

For more information on tours or the Moody Mansion visit the following link www.moodymansion.org

Here are a few photos from my visit. I hope you enjoy them, and it inspires you to visit and learn history.

Many people have heard of the famous pepper sauce Tabasco, but many have not heard about the Jungle Gardens that sit upon and island salt dome that is eight miles deep. This area was home to Edward McIlhenny the founder of Tabasco Pepper Sauce. Mr. McIlhenny helped saved the Snowy Egret from extinction in 1895 as its feathers were often used for women’s hats. He created a sanctuary for them. His Jungle Gardens represent a plant and wildlife sanctuary like none other. A paradise for birds and wildlife and a preserve area for all to enjoy. Every time I visit, I am enthralled by the beauty, sounds, texture, and tranquility. Here are a few photos that capture just a small portion of the beauty. I hope you enjoy them and consider a visit of Tabasco and The Jungle Gardens yourself. For more information visit the link below.

2022 Albert Moyer, Jr., Photography https://www.junglegardens.org/

It’s well-known that I love Louisiana for its beauty, food, and people. The vibrancy of life and comradery that exists is exceptional. Recently, I made stops in New Iberia, Houma, New Orleans, and Franklin, Louisiana. Here are a few photos from the road. I hope you enjoy! Thanks for stopping by. See you on the road.

2022 Albert Moyer, Jr., Photography

When I’m out and about the camera is never far from my hands. I love taking photos because an image caught in time says so much about a place or its history. Until this day the best camera I have seen is my eyes and I always wish to share images exactly the way I see them, but no camera does it. None on the market. The best way is always travel. Living the moment and being in the time right then seeing things live. Recently, I saw many cool scenes and images in Vicksburg, Mississippi. Here are but a few. The city and its people are wonderful. Its full of vibrant history. For more information visit this website: https://www.visitvicksburg.com/

2022 Albert Moyer, Jr., Photography

These are but a small collection of photos I recently shot at the Vicksburg National Military Park and U.S.S. Cairo Museum. To visit the second largest battlefield outside Gettysburg that was so important to American history was a privilege. To see the first armored battleship was also a privilege. It opened my mind to so many perspectives and gave me increased knowledge that I’ll be able to carry and share with others. One quote that stood out to me from an unknown soldier was, “If someone would have just asked us the war would have been over in an hour.” Powerful! For more information about this park follow the link below. 2022 Albert Moyer, Jr, Photography

https://www.nps.gov/vick/index.htm