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Trenton, Texas

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First United Methodist Church, Trenton, TX 

It started with an afternoon of geocaching.  I was in the area for business Sunday morning and had the afternoon of “wait time” that I used so creatively under the warm afternoon sun.  The day was gorgeous.  The sky a bit deeper blue as the days shorten in the Autumn months.  There are eight caches scattered around Leonard.  If scattered is not the most appropriate word, hidden is.  I found most of them.  And then I moved to the North.

About ten years ago, I stopped in Trenton and drove through on the main path through town and didn’t see anything that really wow’d me.  This Sunday afternoon, with my GPS Tracker in hand, but not while driving, I found a few to be found in town and explored.  Geocaching in small towns, no matter how stealth we must be, will lead someone to calling the cops.  I introduced the officer to this wonderful hobby/activity and he took notes.  Surely he will spend this weekend, or whatever day he is off work, exploring and searching/hiding geocaches!

First United Methodist church basked in the late afternoon sun while it’s neighboring and historic Trenton First Baptist Church sits on the block north.  At the north end of town, Chubbs Liquor is situated snugly with Ammo Biz with Pilgrim Rest Valley Church seated right next door.  I can only imagine the prayers of the church members over the neighboring lot next door.   I’m curious of the relationship between the ammo and liquor stores.

The Exxon station sits at the corner of the 69 and 121.  I conducted an interview here back in 2010.  Working in the rural communities surrounding the Northeast Dallas Metroplex, this gave me opportunity to meet someone from this area.  Yes, she got the job.

Get out there and explore.  Leave your normal!  Remember this:  cross traffic does not stop.

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Posted by on November 7, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

Bandon, Oregon

 

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Let’s leave Texas for a post or two.  While the state of TX bakes under the hot sun, the Oregon coast provides astounding vistas with breathtaking views.  Last year, I took a short vacation with my son to Oregon with a very big itinerary.  I wanted to see everything, to show the Kid the coast, Mt. Hood, the Columbia River Gorge, and further inland to Black Rock desert.

In Oregon, there is a bit more rain in May and it’s not as warm as the Texas skillet.  Most days were quite pleasant with an occasional spot of rain.  We had wind breakers and were not uncomfortable.  The Kid had to get his feet wet, though, as the waves rolled in.  I didn’t want him in that rough surf but only allowed him to get his feet in the water.  You live once.  We endured and at that point, I didn’t care.  We forgot about our plans and played on the beach for hours.  For much of the day we were the only ones on the sand.  Occasionally we’d spot another photographer or a couple walking hand in hand oblivious to us and the sea gulls.  A fisherman walked up onto a flat rock and cast his line far into the billowing swells while his canine companion raced ahead playing in the foam.

“Mommy, we could live here.  You are a nurse, daddy is a teacher. You should work triage from home and we could live right up there in that house and I could play down here every day.”

I like how the Kid thinks.  This was one of the most memorable times with my boy.  And with myself.  It was time spent as it should with no concern about the goings on in the world.

We walked back up the steps at the end of day, tired, hungry, listening to SuperTramp, Take the Long Way Home.  We got in the car and stared out across the blue Pacific for a few minutes more.  “I don’t ever want to leave this place”, he said.  Neither do I.

 
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Posted by on August 31, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

Museum of East Texas, Lufkin, TX

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Timing is everything when taking pictures outside.  Whenever I leave Lufkin, the time is usually before noon and the sun sits high in the eastern sky and that brings a problem when considering light and shadows using an infrared filter or converted camera.  I preferred not having these clouds in the image.

Wandering through the streets of this town of around 36,000 people  I find walls of painted murals, scaffolding along the east side of First Baptist Church, and the original “The Magnificent Seven” Sept 1 at 7 pm on the banner at The Pines Theater downtown.  And once I’m on the highway headed home, I edge up to a Peterbilt daycab hauling a Lufkin trailer.   If you head up the 59, you’ll see the old Redland Drive In.  I took a picture of that relic some years ago with a filter on my Nikon that gave it an eerie feel.  I’ll have to dig out of the archives.  Maybe it’s already posted on this blog.

The talk of the town the weekend I was there was the game.  Baseball.  Little League Baseball and it was no small conversation.  Headlines read, “Lufkin All-Stars heading to Junior League World Series.”  I don’t know the teams and I’m not from Lufkin but felt  excitement in my heart for this team.  It’s the best all-American sport in my opinion.

I parked in an empty lot on Burke and S 1st on Sunday.  The city is quiet in the early afternoon.  I looked at my phone to check the location of a cache.  We got out and stretched in the hot TX sun and walked toward the spot.  After logging our find, we explored the short alleyway, the boys kicking some rocks talking about found treasures and what could be in the crawl space under an old bricking.  There’s never dullness walking with two boys.

Sunday’s, I’ve determined, are the best time to shoot with an infrared camera images  with little movement or clutter.

 
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Posted by on August 30, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

Sulphur Springs, TX

The Kid and I drove to Sulpher Springs last week for one reason.  Make that two.  First and most importantly, to use the glass bathroom on the square and secondly to find a geocache downtown.  The bathroom experience was, well, nothing that I’ve experienced before.  You can’t see inside from the out but you can see everything out from the inside.  They are roomy, air conditioned, and clean and the flush is super loud so be prepared.

I’ve been to the edge of this little town over the years to see some clients but I didn’t go further than their driveway.  I had no idea of the many attractions and activities.  In fact, I had not even considered going downtown knowing Sulphur Springs is the county seat.  Texas is known for gorgeous courthouses in the middle of town named as governmental center of a county.

The day was hot.  We were thirsty and we needed a toilet.  A stretch of legs was needed for we had been in the car for almost two hours.  It took us almost that long to get out of town.  “Mommy, I want a blizzard from Dairy Queen.”  Fortunately there was a DQ about a mile West of downtown and after we browsed through the “Little Free Library” just in front of the courthouse and found our geocache, we shared a Reeses Outrageous, a blizzard that they hand to you upside down.  Every eatery has their style I guess.

Anyway, I want to return to Sulphur Springs and enjoy the many interesting shops and historical finds.  Plus there is a lot of geocaching done there.

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Posted by on August 29, 2018 in Texas

 

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Rusk, Texas

Geocaching will find you some pretty interesting spots.  A few weeks ago, while on my trek home from the Piney Woods, I found this historic foot bridge.  According to records it was built in 1861 and then again in 1889.  It’s been restored over the years and is believed to be the longest footbridge in America.  You’ll walk 546 feet to get to the other side.  It is tucked back in an area that connects the residential neighborhoods with the downtown area.  We were quite pleased with this find.

What makes the Rusk name significant?  It was Thomas Jefferson Rusk who signed the Texas Declaration of Independence.  Other notable figures are associated with this town of 5500 + people.  Rusk is the county seat of Cherokee County.  The Cherokeean Herald is the town’s newspaper.   This is a little town along the route that I find each time some sort of interesting historical treasure to explore.

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Posted by on August 28, 2018 in Texas

 

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Running N Ranch, Saint Jo, TX

There’s a ranch south of Saint Jo about a mile south of town on FM 677. You can’t miss it. There’s a sign out front, an area to park, and out in the pasture you will see some big art situated under the warm Texas sun where cows graze and memories pass in the wind.

Earl Nunneley owns the land and according to various writings on blogs on this mass interweb, he has assembled various sculptures in his field “because he didn’t have enough to do” when he retired. I think everyone should stay busy and create whatever drives their imagination. You’ll some some Volkswagon Beetles lined up painted like lady bugs, metal sunflowers, and a variety of other creations.

Saint Jo, and I have probably written about this town years ago on this aged blog, is one of those special little Texas towns that you have to stop at when passing through. First of all, it’s the oldest town in Montague County. And it’s got stories to tell. And the friendly people there will be glad to tell you their side of the story.

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Posted by on August 14, 2018 in Texas

 

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Posted by on August 8, 2018 in Uncategorized