The Star Drug Store has been around for over 130 years serving Galveston Island residents. They have food, malts, shakes, and banana splits just like you would find in the 50’s. If you want nostalgia and a feeling that you have stepped back in time, or just a place to experience history, this is a must do on your bucket list.  Here are a few photos from my stop. For more information visit their website https://galvestonstardrug.com/

 

When you want candy or ice cream this is the best stop in the heart of The Strand district on Galveston Island. La King’s will cure your sweet tooth! It has been around many years and survived a few hurricanes along the way. Here are a few photos. Oh, yum! For more information visit their website http://www.lakingsconfectionery.com/

Library – A Haiku

Collection of books

To expand our intellect

Read, borrow, and learn.

2018 Albert Moyer, Jr. Poetry and Photography

Cat and Dog – A Haiku

We are different

And we still love each other

Balanced harmony

2018 Albert Moyer, Jr Poetry and Photography

About a month and a half ago, we lost our trusty friend Domino after twelve and a half years. He was known to us as our other child. A son if you will. He was the best Boston Terrier and dog ever. Extremely intelligent! I have been through many dogs in my life and I knew there would be no comparable companion. He will always be in our hearts. Without a dog the world seems like it is missing something to me personally. I knew I had to get another dog. Which brought me to a dilemma. Do I get another pure breed Boston Terrier or opt for a shelter dog? After searching for Boston Terriers, I found quickly that they were not as easy to find as Domino was, and in twelve and a half years the price skyrocketed to well over $1,200 for most. I heard so much about saving dogs from rescues that I gave it a try. My first few trips I really hated it. Way to many Pit Bulls! Breed and fight! Geez dog fighting losers! Get a real job. However, I did not give up.

One day, I arrived at the shelter early with family and we came upon this beautiful rat terrier/chihuahua mix. He was just jumping to see us. We knew he would be the one. His shelter name was Taco, but we chose Raphael for him. We adopted him and he has been a wild man and little bundle of joy for a whole $50 for neuter and shots too. It was great price and we saved a life. So many pets are euthanized(translation: KILLED), during their stay at shelters do to incoming dogs and cats. It is happiness for all parties! It felt great even though it was not another Boston Terrier.

My daughter always wanted a cat and she was looking at me like, “Dad! Can we get a cat too?” Cat’s were so plentiful that they were literally giving them away for one dollar adoption. I thought,”O.k. Let’s give Raphael a companion. A dog and a cat? What could go wrong?” So we searched the cats and came upon a playful beauty that we named Dinah. She is a Russian Blue mix. She runs all over, plays, climbs, purrs, and has become a buddy to Raphael or Raphael has become a buddy to her. Mutual friendship! As Jackson Galaxy says in his book TOTAL CAT MOJO,” A Mojito Cat!” She has been PURRRFECT! On another note, if you are a cat lover, I do highly recommend Jackson Galaxy’s book. It has a host of information to make your cat experience excellent and not a “Cat From Hell!” Also check out his YouTube channel on cat’s here https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCheL-cUqfzUB8dfM_rFOfDQ

To shelter or pure breed, that’s the question, and it was answered. Save a dog, save a cat, love an unwanted pet or stray. They will love you greatly for it.

The Zilker Botanical Garden is what I envision if I were in Heaven with its herb garden, prehistoric garden, cactus and succulent garden, butterfly garden, rose garden, oriental garden, green garden, and pioneer village. I have been many places and for a $2 entrance fee I thought it to be of one of the best values ever. There are so many excellent photo opportunities in the garden areas. It is peaceful, relaxing, and beautiful. I walked it during a day that had 102 degree temperatures and felt totally comfortable. This garden will show you how important canopy cover is to maintaining cool temperatures on the ground even during extreme heat. For more information on Zilker Botanical Garden click this link: http://www.zilkergarden.org/

2018 Albert Moyer, Jr. Photography

Hamilton Pool Preserve is considered one of the top summer swimming destinations in Texas. Thankfully, you can only enter with reservations to protect the environment from over use and damage. To see it in person and swim in the clear emerald-green waters is a real treat, as is the hike along Hamilton Creek to the Pedernales River. Going there you get a sense of what life might have been like in the seventeen or eighteen hundreds before modern piping, showers, housing, etc. It is peaceful, tranquil, and really enjoyable. Here are some photos from Hamilton Pool and the hike along Hamilton Creek. For more information about reservations click here: https://parks.traviscountytx.gov/find-a-park/hamilton-pool

Bastrop State Park is a great place that has a lot to offer, but with a changed landscape. I visited in March of 2010 and took photos. Recently, I had a chance to visit again and see the damage caused by the great fire of 2011. I was amazed at the damage as well as all the regrowth. I imagine with no further damage Bastrop State Park will be back to itself by the time I retire. Fire is a dangerous thing especially during drought. Please use caution. The first four photos are from my 2010 visit and the last four from my recent June 2018 visit for comparison.  For more information on this great fire visit here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bastrop_County_Complex_Fire

The photography and outdoor activities at Pedernales Falls State Park are limitless. Take your camera and enjoy the many sites and sounds. When things get to hot take a dip in the Pedernales river. It feels so pleasant! There are many animals to see. I missed out on a fox and armadillo as they scooted into the bushes. This place is magical!

2018 Albert Moyer, Jr. Photography

Here are a few photos from the road that I took in various little towns. We have the Caldwell County courthouse in Lockhart, Texas. Lockhart is known for some of the best BBQ anywhere. The Georgetown, Texas Courthouse in Williamson County. The Southwestern University building in Georgetown, Texas. Finally the biggest attraction of all. Ole Three-Legged Willy! Talk to him he might get your ticket waved or bail reduced. Great examples of Texas architecture from the 1840’s.

2018 Albert Moyer, Jr. Photography