Past Exploration: Gettysburg 158, Part 1

(Gettysburg, Pennsylvania; July 1, 2021) – The biggest, loudest, bloodiest, most violent single battle ever to burn the landscape in North America began today…158 years ago. The three-day Battle of Gettysburg was the culmination of Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s second campaign to invade the North, taking the war to the Yankees for a change … Continue reading Past Exploration: Gettysburg 158, Part 1

Travel Log: Photo Day!

(Niceville, Florida.  11 April 2018) - Going to take y'all on a visual journey through Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama.  As always, you can see my entire photo library on my Flickr page ( or m Instagram (@sparks1524). But, once in a while it's fun to just do a visual journey, and … Continue reading Travel Log: Photo Day!

Travel Log: Hidden Gems

(Niceville, Florida; April 10, 2018) Phase 2 has been completed--I'm back in Niceville, Florida.  Phase 3 (Hawaii) is coming very soon--April 12!  Check out the state map at very bottom for a recap of Phases 1 and 2. Last time I covered two states in one column. I’ve decided to up my game and take … Continue reading Travel Log: Hidden Gems

Travel Log: A Proud Lion’s Road to Corvettes

(Dec. 10, 2017) Ok, I’m still in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Today, at the National Corvette Museum, shipmates and their ship were reunited far inland from the great waters where they roamed. One of the personal missions I’ve taken on is symbolically letting my old ship, USS Ponce (LPD 15), see the country she spent 46 … Continue reading Travel Log: A Proud Lion’s Road to Corvettes

Travel Log: Ok, All Aboard!

(Dec. 8, 2017) I am currently still in Bowling Green, Kentucky. I just published my blog about Lincoln’s birthplace. Now, let’s turn to something less profound and more fun: the Kentucky Railway Museum! Located in quiet New Haven, Kentucky, the Kentucky Railway Museum is the official state museum telling the story of the rails in … Continue reading Travel Log: Ok, All Aboard!