Memphis, Tennessee

What is there to do in Memphis, Tennessee that doesn’t involve music, where you can take picture and be outside on a summer day?  After many web searches, I found it!  The Memphis Botanical Gardens.

This place was huge, several different gardens, lots of plants, and plenty of photos opportunities.  And, it was hot, but very quiet and relaxing.  There is plenty to see in the gardens.




Arbor Lodge State Historical Park

Located at Arbor Lodge State Historical Park is the home of J. Sterling Morton, who is the founded Arbor Day. The home features furniture and art work that is original to the home. It also has an original Tiffany Window that take 15 men to open it.

J. Sterling Morton is the father of Joy Morton who founded the Morton Salt Company.

Arbor Day Farms

I finally got to visit Arbor Day Farms.  It has been on my stop list during previous travel adventures, but something always happened and I had to readjust my plans.  Now, my only regret is that I was not able to spend more time here.  A few hours does not allow you to explore the entire area.

Arbor Day Farms is the birthplace of Arbor Day.  Julius Sterling Morton moved to Nebraska in 1954 and decided to start planting trees.


Out In the Snow

Today’s adventure took me out into the snow and 5 degree weather.  There is a limited number of  pictures you can take before your fingers and thumb starts to go numb and hurt.  Yes!  How can they be numb and hurt at the same time.


It is not snowing, that is snow blowing off the trees.

Below are the snapshots of the videos I took.  The videos are located on YouTube.  I looked for other hosting sites, but my quick search turned up Facebook and YouTube.  Click on the link below the pictures to see the vide0.


The Parks Snow Video


Freezing in the Snow

For the best effect, pause the video and scroll around.

Botanica Wichita

Off the Interstate, down the road, over a river, next to a park, lies the Wichita Gardens.  Statues standing guard, flowers blooming every where, fish swimming in the ponds, and a dragon running through the Chinese Gardens.


Housed in the mist of the gardens is a toy train which run along it’s railroad town and comes with it’s own conductor.  All aboard!



Bluebonnet Swamp

Located off of one of the busiest street in Baton Rouge, you will find Bluebonnet Swamp.  It was a nice morning for a walk.

Or, laying in the sun.


When visiting the swamp remember to:

  • Stay on the path – their are critters larking in the swamp.
  • Beware of touching plants – it could be poison ivy.
  • Wear insect repellant – because the unofficial bird of Louisiana in the mosquito.


The Baton Rouge Zoo

On Easter Sunday in 1970, the Baton Rouge Zoo first opened to the public. A lot of credit is due to Bill Black, a.k.a Buckskin Bill, who was a popular children’s TV host. He would end his program everyday saying “Baton Rouge needs a zoo.” He encourage children to collect pennies and donate them so the Zoo could purchase an elephant. The children would line up outside the studio to donate the pennies they collected. The campaign was so successful, the children collected enough money to buy two elephants. One of the elephants was named Penny.


There are currently no elephants at the zoo.  When one of the last two died, the other was ship off to another zoo so it would not be lonely.


The zoo is located in Louisiana, so of course, there are alligators.


This alligator look big and mean enough to go through the fence if he was hungry.


The trip to the zoo was worth it, just to get this picture.


I caught these birds doing… well I will give you a hint.  They are in a nest.


This little one decided to pose for me while I was standing there.



It a very pretty area.  A nice area to walk around, or take the train.