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Texas Depression Era Roadside Park – Mt. Vernon, TX

parkTexas is a BIG state and in the 1930s it must have seemed even larger when traveling. This was a time when cars traveled slower with no air conditioning or other comforts. Stopping and resting was important for the occupants as well as the vehicle. The State of Texas realized this and began building roadside parks during the depression. Using young labor through the National Youth Administration, over 600 parks were built throughout Texas. Continue reading


International Boundary – Republic of Texas and Louisiana

CoverMass on Sunday mornings can lead to many different things. This particular Sunday we were invited to share breakfast with the parishioners. We not only learned about their parish and its rich history we also learned of an international boundary within the continental United States – the last such one know. Continue reading


The Church of St. Anne – Robeline, Louisiana

Texans love their history and their state – this is a fact. Yet we learned a little bit of early Texas history in Louisiana today.

20160824_113350Who knew – the first capital of Tejas (Spanish Texas) was in present day Louisiana. Yes, all my Texas friends, that is correct. How did Cajuns come to know Texas history? We went to Mass at The Church of St. Anne near Robeline, LA. Continue reading


Joie de Vivre Coffee and Culture Café Revisited

What's CookingLeaving church Sunday, as usual John was lobbying for donuts. Laurie was shaking her head fervently as we walked to the truck. The truck just so happened to be parked near Joie de Vivre Coffee and Culture Café with an outdoor sign of “What’s Cooking!” Laurie’s eyes veered to the sign and gazed upon Crawfish Flatbread. John was easily convinced and in we went to try the beckoning flavors. Continue reading


End of the Season

ApplesSouth Louisiana’s climate allows growing seasons all year long. No matter the time of year there is always something being harvested. The farmers markets in the area offer an array of vegetables and fruits on a regular basis. As we travel north, the farmers markets we find are generally seasonal.  In our travels this is one aspect we have to continually remember as we search for local produce. Continue reading


Lima Church and Cemetery – Iowa

CemeteryCemeteries are not places we usually visit. This is not because we don’t like cemeteries but because we believe Louisiana has some of the most interesting “cities of the dead”. That said, everyone we spoke with in the Wadena, Iowa area told us to go see “Skinner” in the Lima Cemetery, and so began our quest. Continue reading


National Eagle Center – Wabasha, MN

AngelThe room had a quiet hum and the anticipation was building. Although the walls were full of exhibits and posters no one was interested. There was even a video waiting to be turned on yet no one even thought to push the play button. We were sitting in the front row and along with everyone else we were patiently waiting – not sure what to expect yet knowing it would be awesome. We were about to be up close and personal with a full grown bald eagle. Continue reading


Holy Rosary Catholic Church – Grand Portage, MN

Holy Rosary Traveling has brought many changes to our lives; mostly good. One in particular is Sunday Mass; generally a different church each week. Some churches are modern and very large while others are small and non-descript. Then there are the ones with historical significance.
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Moving an Island – Lake Superior, MN

Manajiwin – Snag Island – Five Mile Rock


All aloneEarth, Wind, Fire, and Water – the essence of our planet. Cultures have been celebrating these elements for centuries. None more so than the Native Americans along the North Shore of Lake Superior. They would travel out to a rock island in the lake and celebrate their oneness with the earth and its people. Continue reading