The Borealis Rex navigated the Louisiana waters of Calcasieu River between Lake Charles and Cameron from 1905 to 1930. During the week, the paddlewheel steamer was used to transport mail, supplies and people conducting business along the river. Nights and weekends were for leisure - when the Rex was used for parties, moonlight dances, Sunday afternoon cruises and joy rides.
My dad always talked about playing baseball in Florida, Arkansas and Texas, but it wasn't until he was well into his 80s that he told me he had also played other places, including New York. The team was the 1948 Colonial League Champion Port Chester Clippers.
Last year, I traveled to Virginia to do some family research in Goochland County, near Richmond. I spent a rainy morning at Hollywood Cemetery, a 150-acre cemetery that is the final resting place of many famous people in US history.
Every few months or so, I get together with a group of friends for lunch and conversation. We recently met at Eastside Cafe for Saturday brunch. Seated in one of the Eastside Cafe's cozy rooms in the front of the old house, we were presented with lots of tasty choices.
The first shot of the Texas Revolution was fired at the Battle of Gonzales on Oct. 2, 1835. On March 2, 1836, the Texas Declaration of Independence from Mexico was adopted at the Convention of 1836 at Washington-on-the-Brazos. The war ended in April 1836 when Santa Anna was captured at San Jacinto and forced to sign the Treaties of Velasco.
San Jose Island is well known for its incredible opportunities for beachcombing and shelling. It is also a place to view shorebirds — Brown Pelicans, Snowy Egrets, Great Blue Herons, Cormorants, Seagulls, Ruddy Turnstones, Royal Terns and more.