Archive for the ‘Travel’ Category

My love of South Louisiana begins with the solid value system of the Cajuns. They are a proud people who value family, having a good time, helping others, and God. They are humble, frugal, and know not to waste resources. The South Louisiana environment is swampy and humid and it provides all that one needs. It may not be for everyone, but I love it. Here are a few photos from my road trip. I hope you enjoy them. All photos Copyright Albert Moyer, Jr 2021

The Acadian Village is a great historical venue that gives one the feel of what life was like in the 1800’s in a Cajun Village. Many of the French Nova Scotians traveled to Louisiana to escape religious persecution. They did so in grand fashion using the available land resources to build extensive communities. In modern times, Cajun culture has spread throughout the world. People want Crawfish (`ecrevisse), Cracklins (Gratons), Boudin, Alligator, Turtle, Wild Hog, Duck, Sweet Dough Pies, and all the great things Cajun, including the music.

To be an Honorary Cajun is simple, you agree to do the following: Eat Cajun food, listen to Cajun Music, be filled with joy (joie de vivre), and pass a good time with laughter, happiness, and jokes. Let the good times roll! Laissez Les bons temps rouler!

Here are a few photos from the Acadian Village. I hope they inspire you to learn more and pay a visit to this wonderful historical cultural center. For more information click here https://acadianvillage.org/ All photos Copyright Albert Moyer, Jr 2021

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 informationĀ 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 hereĀ 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

 

Life calls for us to detach sometimes and enjoy serenity, peace, and the sounds of nature. I do it often and have found many places that harbor much beauty. Recently, I loaded up for a trip into the Trinity River Wildlife Refuge. There are many birds, mammals, amphibians, gators, snakes, turtles, fish, etc. The quiet forest in the refuge gives way to a musical symphony of sounds uncommon in the urban jungle. A beautiful chorus of song and dance from the whimsical creatures all around. Here are a few photos I shot while exploring. Enjoy!

Rip Van Winkle is a story written by Washington Irving in 1819, about a farmer who falls asleep in the Catskill Mountains of New York for 20 years, and he misses the whole American Revolution. Rip Van Winkle was played by actor Joseph Jefferson, over 4,500 hundred times, all over the world on stage. He purchased Orange Island, La in 1870 to make a hunting lodge, and to have a winter retreat. Eventually the Island was named Jefferson Island. It now has a rookery and the former home and gardens of Joseph Jefferson for tour. I enjoyed my visit tremendously! The Live Oaks and Spanish moss are worth the trip. It is beautiful! Here are a few photos from my visit including RIP’s rookery. For more information visit https://www.ripvanwinklegardens.com/


Lake Fausse Pointe State Park in St. Martinville, Louisiana is buried deep in the Atchafalaya basin. This is the place and home area to many of the swamp people you see on the T.V. show series Swamp People. It is a mystical area where wildlife abounds. As one local Cajun stated, “One doesn’t need a grocery store in these areas. We’ll survive. We have nutria, alligator, turtle, frogs, snakes, deer, hog, possum, coon (short for raccoon), honey, crawfish….and he went on. We have sugar cane, we have rice, we have all we need.” I believe this to, because the closet civilization is close to 25 miles away. Out here the night is so dark you cannot see your hands in front of you. You here sounds and movement but you cannot see. It creates much curiosity, but most of all the relaxation away from the big city is incredible. Here are a few photos from my trip. Two are outside of the park, but in the area. For more information visit https://www.crt.state.la.us/louisiana-state-parks/parks/lake-fausse-pointe-state-park/index