Throwback Thursday: Hanging out in Micanopy

Micanopy, Florida is a quaint little town located off I-75 between Ocala and Gainesville, Florida.  The city’s tagline is “The Town History Forgot”.  Micanopy was named for the Seminole Chief Micanopy.  Micanopy was featured in the movies Doc Hollywood and Cross Creek.   This photo was taken around Christmas 2007. Yes, I know we are wearing short sleeves. Might have been wearing shorts. It was in Florida.

Christmas 2007

Sky Watch Friday: Hancock Park

swftomThe Big Guy and I recently moved to Central Texas. We have enjoyed being closer to family and to exploring the Texas Hill country.  Hancock Park in Lampasas, Texas is a 100+ acre park located along Sulfur Creek.  Hancock Park includes a playground, walking trail, golf course, swimming pool and Hostess House.

Hancocksp4.jpgIn the 1880’s Lampasas  was a tourist attraction and health spa. There was 2 story Park hotel, Hanna Springs bath and an opera house. By the mid-1890s the hotel burned. The opera house would close by 1900.

Hancocksp2.jpgA Baptist camp was built at Hancock Springs. The swimming pool was built in 1911. The Baptist camp was sold in 1929 to help raise funds for Baylor College for Women (now University of Mary-Hardin Baylor).

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The city of Lampasas purchased the property in 1936.  During World War II Hancock park was leased by the army as a recreation camp for the Camp Hood (now Ft. Hood).  After World Ward II Hancock Park returned to the city and a 9-hole golf course was built.

Sources:  Austin Chronicle Day Trips and Lampasas Hostess House History

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Throwback Thursday: Fun with The Big Guy

The Big Guy has a great sense of humor. He always finds way to make laugh.  These are shots from a photo shoot in 2006. The goal was to get photos for the Christmas card. Well, the Big Guy had to just be himself.

The Big Guy being himself during the photo shoot.
The Big Guy being himself during the photo shoot.
The Big Guy being serious.
The Big Guy being serious.
Photo Shoot Fall 2006
Final Shot

Throwback Thursday: Christmas Break 2003

Christmas 2003
Wolf Pen Creek Park
College Station, Texas

The Big Guy and I moved to Florida in July of 2003. This would be the 1st Christmas  of what would become an annual trek for the next several years. I don’t know if Texas was that much colder in December 2003 or if we were just not used to the cold. It was in the 60s when we left Florida.

Throwback Thursday: Still Freaky

I still think this photo from 2013 is freaky. It was part of a department store display just inside the mall entrance. That thing freaked me out every time I saw it. Good thing I didn’t go to the mall much.

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Sky Watch Friday: At-At

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Life-size At-At at Disney’s Hollywood Studio Orlando Florida

Last fall the Big Guy and I visited Walt Disney World (Florida).  We decided to visit Disney one more time before we moved back out-of-state.  In Disney’s Hollywood Studio there is a life-size At-At located near the Star Tours ride. I took this with the camera on my Samsung Galaxy S6.


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Sky Watch Friday: Luther Memorial and Bell Tower

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Luther Memorial and Bell Tower,
University of Mary-Hardin Baylor,
Belton, TX

Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas, the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor is one of the oldest institutions of higher learning in Texas.  Pays tribute to the original building on UMHB’s campus.

The memorial pays tribute to Luther Hall, the first building constructed on campus when UMHB moved from Independence, Texas in 1886. Luther Hall was considered to be one of the finest academic buildings in Texas, until it burned down on January 26, 1929.

The memorial was constructed in 1955, from the stones of Luther Hall. It includes a bell tower with two historic bells. The Horton Bell, the lower bell in the tower, is from the University’s first location in Independence. The upper bell, the sophomore bell, can only be rung by sophomores as a traditional privilege reserved for them.

Source: Luther Memorial

 

 


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