Venice Florida

Many were introduced to Venice Florida during World War Two. Many troops trained at the Army Air Base in preparation to being deployed to the European or Pacific fields of combat. 

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War memorial to our brave soldiers

Pristine beaches await the visitor.

Sharkey’s Pier offers much to the visitor, a fishing pier, shark tooth hunting and two fine restaurants gives one a full days enjoyment, regardless of age. 

Sharkey’s Pier

The memorial to our brave soldiers and airmen who courageously fought for freedom.

Growing up on a dairy farm in southeastern Indiana, Gary traveled very little until midlife, when the opportunity became available to him.

Grabbing his camera and a bag full of equipment, he began his vision quest traveling to most areas of the United States and several countries abroad.

Along the way he collected several thousand photographs that he wants to share with everyone.

http://www.travelnsnap.com

Gary decided the best way to accomplish his goal was to publish photo documentaries on the various areas of the world he has visited.

What will follow will be several photography books, who knows how many will wind up in his collection.

To contact Gary:

journeysthrulife@gmail.com.

http://www.journeysthrulife.com.

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Should We Play a Religious song At A Football Game?

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Wisdom lost through the ages, common sense is no longer common.

Written by Gary Wonning

Someone mentioned that during a college football game in Florida, on Veteran’s Day, the band played Amazing Grace and played “Taps”.

They thought it was inappropriate.

I remember, not too many years ago, something like that would have been not only appropriate but expected.

This just goes to show how far our once great country has declined., all in the name of political correctness.

Gary has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments are welcome

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I May Not Agree With What You Say

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Wisdom lost through the ages, common sense is no longer common.

I may not agree with what you day, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.

How often have we heard or read this famous quote?

This quote is often attributed to Voltaire, however, the actual quote was made by Evelyn Beatrice Hall who wrote her biography of Voltaire, “The Life of Voltaire.”

I can’t help but think the first amendment to the constitution in our Bill of Rights was patterned after this thought.

In essence, the first amendment states, that we all have a right to say whatever we want. It is guaranteed. Whether we should say whatever we want is an entirely different subject and should be left to a matter of discretion.

But, doesn’t this also fit into the discussion as to whether our rights come from God or government?

Would a power hungry leader of a country ever submit to this, that we have a right to say whatever we want regardless if we agree with him or not?

I would venture to say that 99% of the time, they would not.

Only a Supreme Being who grants every soul Free Will would be willing and capable to give the individual such power.

A government bureaucrat would never even consider doing such a thing.

I believe that because our founders believed in a Supreme Being and his authority over us, and they wanted to limit the power of government because of the knowledge they had of abuse of government on the European scene, their purpose was to make a world that was based on spirituality and not political rhetoric.

Gary has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments are welcome

 

UPS Arizona style

capiture of a ups driver making a delivery

A UPS driver making a delivery to a beautiful blonde

Written by Gary Wonning

I was about to see another side of UPS. My aunt and uncle lived in Phoenix Arizona so I decided to go visit them in February of nineteen eighty-eight. My uncle had been confined to assisted living, so it was just my aunt and myself gallivanting around the desert.

One afternoon, a few miles northwest of Phoenix, we entered the little town of Wickenburg, at the edge of town was a small gas station. I happened to look over in the parking lot and there were four P-400 UPS package cars parked at a small roller conveyor with a roof built over it.

I had to check this out; I turned around and inquired at the station.  The attendant told me that yes it was a UPS center, there were only four drivers, each would deliver a quarter of the seven hundred population town and head out into the desert, going a different direction, serving mainly Indian reservations. There was a goose neck trailer in the back with a window air conditioner sticking out the side. This was the office, a manager would drive up from Phoenix in the morning, get things started and then drive back to Phoenix for the rest of the day.

After moving to Sedona a few years later, I was to discover this was common in the desert, with a climate that featured no extreme cold, very little rain, and a sparse population, only the essentials were needed.

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In Camp Verde located in the Verde River Valley, they used what looked like a manufactured home with docks in the side as a center. The package cars were parked outside in the weather, of course the loading was done in the early morning hours before the heat of the day had set in.

Arizona also had state wide seniority whereby a driver could bid on an area statewide, I think the areas came up for bid every two years and if he/she had enough seniority could bid on any area in the state.  A lot of times drivers in Phoenix would do this to escape the heat of the low desert and to get away from the stressful city life.

Because of the distance Arizona was from Louisville and the three time zones involved, next day air parcels had to leave Sedona by two-thirty pm in order to arrive in Phoenix in time to make the plane to the main air hub in Louisville.

Growing up on a dairy farm in southeastern Indiana, Gary traveled very little until midlife, when the opportunity became available to him.

Grabbing his camera and a bag full of equipment, he began his vision quest traveling to most areas of the United States and several countries abroad.

Along the way he collected several thousand photographs that he wants to share with everyone.

http://www.travelnsnap.com

Gary decided the best way to accomplish his goal was to publish photo documentaries on the various areas of the world he has visited.

What will follow will be several photography books, who knows how many will wind up in his collection.

To contact Gary:

journeysthrulife@gmail.com.

http://www.journeysthrulife.com.

It’s Great To Be An American

The Vietnam War Memorial in Washington DC.

Written by Gary Wonning

If there is anything good that will come out of the last eight years of turmoil, I believe it will be the fact that many Americans have become more aware of the value of our constitution and way of life.

Many of us have forgotten how lucky we re to live in this great land of ours. We forget how many around the world still live under oppression and poverty, the likes of which even the poorest in this country can’t imagine.

Often times, we Americans forget how lucky we are to live in this great land of ours and it takes someone from another country to remind us

Many times I have tried to remove myself from the animosities in the world today, but I am always drawn back by something someone from another country says or does about our country.

On Christmas Eve a friend of mine, someone who normally doesn’t express his feelings, made the statement about how much he loves America.

It was the perfect time to be once again reminded of how fortunate all of us are to live in this great land.

Gary has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments are welcome

photo fo two people, a child and an adult looking at a sunset over the ocean

Life was a lot slower and simpler in the fifties and sixties.

The World War Two Memorial in Washington D.C.

photo of a distinguished older gentleman

Wisdom lost through the ages, common sense is no longer common.

Written and photographed by Gary Wonning

Please click on the photos for some beautiful patriotic photographs!

The World War 2 Memorial in Washington D.C.

Dedicated to the brave men and women who sacrificed much to preserve our freedom

Located on the Washington Mall, it is something every American should see.

The Washington Memorial in the background

D Day, the end of the war in Europe

Growing up on a dairy farm in southeastern Indiana, Gary traveled very little until midlife, when the opportunity became available to him.

Grabbing his camera and a bag full of equipment, he began his vision quest traveling to most areas of the United States and several countries abroad.

Along the way he collected several thousand photographs that he wants to share with everyone.

Gary decided the best way to accomplish his goal was to publish photo documentaries on the various areas of the world he has visited.

What will follow will be several photography books, who knows how many will wind up in his collection.

To contact Gary:

journeysthrulife@gmail.com.

http://www.journeysthrulife.com.

Michigan: Hubbard Lake

Hubbard Lake is located approximately thirty miles south of  Alpena Michigan in the northeast corner of the state. There are many cottages around the lake, making it a favorite vacation spot for Michiganders.

 

Located in Alcona County in northern Michigan, the lake is seven miles long, and about two miles wide. Averaging thirty-two feet deep, it is about eighty-five feet deep at it’s deepest point.

 

Popular for winter as well as summer fishing, the lake is well stocked with bass, northern pike, yellow perch, tiger muskie, trout, and walleye.

 

Located in northern Michigan, the lake is prone to gorgeous sunsets.

With clear blue skies, crisp nights, and a zillion stars, it is the perfect getaway for young and old.

Growing up on a dairy farm in southeastern Indiana, Gary traveled very little until midlife, when the opportunity became available to him.

Grabbing his camera and a bag full of equipment, he began his vision quest traveling to most areas of the United States and several countries abroad.

Along the way he collected several thousand photographs that he wants to share with everyone.

Gary decided the best way to accomplish his goal was to publish photo documentaries on the various areas of the world he has visited.

What will follow will be several photography books, who knows how many will wind up in his collection.

To contact Gary:

journeysthrulife@gmail.com.

http://www.journeysthrulife.com.