walterman

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walterman

I started on Trip Advisor (bad site) and changed to TravBuddy that was much better; bad luck when TB closed.

I was not a chemist, but a chemical hazard specialist. I retired to 100% disability in 2005.

I live on the small Walters Tree Farm outside of Nacogdoches, Texas USA. I am retired to be a simple farmer and traveler. Retirement is a tough job, bur somebody has to do it (LOL).



North America » United States » Texas » Beaumont August 26th 2020

About three days ago a tropical system was supposed to make landfall near the Texas-Louisiana area as a mild Category 1 hurricane (no big deal). About thirty hours ago Hurricane Laura was projected to make landfall as a major Category 3 (cat 3) hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Scale (a big deal). The people had no time to prepare and a massive mandatory costal evacuation was ordered wisely by the governors of Texas and Louisiana. The main highways heading away from the Gulf of Mexico were packed with vehicles making good their escape from disaster while the getting was good...in multiple traffic jams from hell! Since many people will not get a chance to evacuate, I feel the some people from Texas, and many more people in Louisiana will perish. Cuz of the rotation of the Earth, ... read more
Hurricane Laura
rainfall from Hurricane Laura
wave heights from Hurricane Laura

North America » United States » Texas » Rusk August 15th 2020

Note: This blog is shot on Texas Hwy 1911 West of US Hwy 69, and South of Alto, Texas. Forest, Texas (population few) is about eleven KM WNW of Wells, Texas. According to Wikipedia, in 1847 Wiley Thompson brought his large family and many slaves to his new 636 acre (almost a square mile) home along Larrison Creek and founded the community of Forest in Cherokee County. In the 1870s the Thompson family opened a general store, saloon, a water mill, a gristmill (powered by water), and a cotton gin. The Forest Post Office opened in 1879. The Forest Baptist Church (with school) was established in 1888. In 1922 the Forest school consolidated with the with the Wildhurst School at the nearby Chronister Lumber Company Camp. Then the Forest-Wildhurst School consolidated with the Wells ISD in ... read more
Forest
Forest
Forest

North America » United States » Texas » Nacogdoches August 15th 2020

This is the start of my August 15, 2020 travel to Southern Cherokee County. I needed gasoline so I stopped at my favorite station on the North side of Nacogdoches to fill up Old Blue. Driving South on Loop 224 I was surprised to find our Trade Days Flea Market open and circled around to get mangos and other tropical fruits from my favorite vendor. He noticed that I had a hard time walking, so he had his assistant carry my purchase back to my truck. Since I was planning to tour Southern Cherokee County, I drove West on Texas Hwy 225 and stopped at the Lake Nacogdoches Scenic Overlook by the dam. Driving Westbound I made a stop at what the locals call the "suicide turn" (where horrible auto wrecks happen) as TX 225 turns ... read more
Trade Days my purchase
Lake Nacogdoches Scenic Overlook
Lake Nacogdoches Scenic Overlook

North America » United States » Texas » Lufkin August 1st 2020

Ewing, Texas, population zero. (All photos were shot on or by US Hwy 103 in Angelina County.) According to TSHA (Texas State Historical Association) Ewing was on the Angelina and Neches River Railroad ten miles SE of Lufkin in Angelina County. The H G Bohlssen Company built a hardwood lumbermill, active from 1920 to 1944. S W Henderson and H G Bohlssen formed that corporation. Bohlssen was crushed to death by a falling stack of lumber in 1923. Bohlssen's widow sold out to Henderson; and the company name was changed to Angelina Hardwood Company. Other major misfortunes including the 1924 fire that destroyed the town. From 1931 to 1933 the sawmill closed due to the Great Depression. The shortage of labor due to World War 2 closed the sawmill. While the sawmill was being dismantled, a ... read more
Ewing small structure
Sam Rayburn Reservoir
Sam Rayburn Reservoir

North America » United States » Texas » Nacogdoches August 1st 2020

According to TSHA (Texas State Historical Association) Kingtown was named for land developer Alton King who purchased fifty acres on (the North side) the Angelina River in 1943. A residential community was established when King opened a camping area in 1943. In the 1950s he was selling lots for homes. When they damned up the Angelina River creating the Sam Rayburn Reservoir (around 1960) that attracted many new residents and increased the property values. I was driving down Texas FM 226 Southbound and saw a sign for Kingtown. I turned West on Nacogdoches County road 552, following the signs for the Kingtown Landing Liquor Store, passing by a private deer hunting lease on the North side of the county road. note: These free county road maps in East Texas are generally accurate, but sometimes do not ... read more
Kingtown Landing alcohol store sign
Kingtown Landing alcohol store sign
Kingtown Landing turn sign

North America » United States » Texas » Nacogdoches August 1st 2020

Well, the clutch burnt out on Old Blue. The cost of repairs far exceeds the cash value of Blue. It is not RIP yet. Old Blue served me well for 200,000 miles. That includes over 2,000 miles of off-road in the wilderness (back-country) trails of the desert and mountains of Western USA. This includes three trips down the trail of Diamond Creek to the bottom of the Grand Canyon (by way of the Native American Reservation at Peach Springs, Arizona), where I made camp by the Colorado River. We made a good team of man and machine to beat the odds and pass many survival tests on very bad trails where I could not walk out to civilization for help. It is possible that Old Blue could be a Phoenix and rise from her ashes to ... read more
Old Blue locked down
Old Blue going
Old Blue going

North America » United States » Texas » Palestine July 26th 2020

This is the Texas State Railroad, Christmas edition on December 7, 2019. This railroad operates year round with full time employees; except in December where it is the Polar Express using temporary employees (except engineers and brakemen) that know little about the railroad. Since this is geared for children they stop at the "North Pole" to see Santa and elves singing and dancing. Then Santa enters the train to visit the children and give them the generous gift of a cookie. Note: The Texas State Railroad started construction in 1883 in Rusk and was completed to Palestine in 1909. The railroad connected the existing Cotton Belt Railroad in Rusk with the IGN Railroad in Palestine. The Texas State Railroad was sold to Iowa Pacific Holdings in 2012, making the railroad private...no longer owned by the State ... read more
Palestine Depot
Palestine depot (no exit)
depot Christmas

North America » United States » Texas » Nacogdoches July 16th 2020

Yesterday watching ABC local news (KLTV), the weatherman (Mark Skirto) told us that the Space Station would be seen at 8:58 over Tyler, Texas for six minutes. (Cuz of my large trees I had maybe thirty seconds to shoot.) That would be about three minutes different than in my neck of the woods in Nacogdoches County. I had my camera and tripod ready (and a rum drink) for the fly-over. My shots were three second exposures. Sorry, you have to look hard to see the short white lines. I sent these pics to KLTV and email was bounced back to me as I had to be a member for them to see my email. I found a pick I shot last year of the Space Station that was overhead about 9:47 PM. It was darker then ... read more
space station b 7-16 20
space station c 7-16-20
space station d 7-16-20

North America » United States » Texas » San Augustine June 22nd 2020

San Augustine was founded by Thomas McFarland in 1832 and was named after Presidio de San Agustin de Ahumada. It is located on the El Camino Real (Old San Antonio Road) that was started in 1691. In 1717 a Spanish mission was established by Father Antonio Margil de Jesus, after he established the mission in Nacogdoches in 1716. The mission in San Augustine was abandoned in 1719, and did not lead to a permanent settlement like the mission in Nacogdoches. Tejas (and Texas) had a complicated history including interactions with the French, Spanish, Mexico, and the USA. The City of San Augustine became the County Seat of San Augustine County and was one of the twenty three original counties (or municipios) for the Republic of Texas in 1834. (Nacogdoches and Shelby counties were also two original ... read more
San Augustine County Courthouse (1927)
San Augustine County Courthouse
San Augustine County Courthouse




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