Keep Austin Weird…and Batty!

Keep Austin Weird…and Batty!

Top image credit I love spending time in Austin; I find it to be one of the most fascinating and eclectic cities I’ve ever been to. Any city with a slogan like: “Keep Austin Weird” is a place I’ll come back to again and again…and so should you! Besides being the capital of Texas and the “Live Music Capital of the World”, Austin is also heralded for her wide variety of vibrant entertainment and culture, her incredible array of dining experiences, her beautiful outdoor settings, and the amazingly diverse group of inhabitants who…Read more
Beat the Heat at Jacob’s Well

Beat the Heat at Jacob’s Well

Top photo credit When the summer heat really starts to broil, there's nowhere I'd rather be than a good swimming hole. Luckily, Texas is known for having some really amazing ones around our state. (Check this great article on the Tour  Texas website: "10 Beautiful Texas Swimming Holes to Cool Off at This Summer".) One of my favorite Texas swimming holes is Jacob’s Well, an artesian spring located in Wimberley, about a 50 minute drive from Austin. The mouth of Jacob’s Well is about 12 feet in diameter, and thousands of gallons of water…Read more
The Coolest 4th of July Celebration in Texas!

The Coolest 4th of July Celebration in Texas!

July 4th is one of my favorite holidays. Not only am I very interested in our nation's birth, I’m also a huge fan of barbecues, beer, and fireworks. What's not to love?  There's something very cool about celebrating an important date in American history in a place that is also a part of our country's story -- Fort Davis, an original frontier military post from the 1800s. This year, I plan to begin my celebrations at the town's "Coolest 4th of July Celebration", a family-friendly event that runs from June 30th through July 2nd. Fort Davis…Read more
Sample Some Horsepitality at The Mayan Dude Ranch in Bandera

Sample Some Horsepitality at The Mayan Dude Ranch in Bandera

In my last blog, I recounted my visit to Bandera, and promised to tell y’all about my stay at the Mayan Dude Ranch. Bandera is called the "Cowboy Capital of Texas", so what better way to experience this town than to spend a few days on a ranch among the real cattle rustlers and perhaps even try my hand at being one? My wife and I have stayed at a few dude ranches before and always enjoyed ourselves so we were anxious to see what this was all about. The Mayan offers several accommodation…Read more
Bandera, TX: Release Your Inner Cowboy

Bandera, TX: Release Your Inner Cowboy

I am a cowboy at heart. I may not work with livestock, live on a ranch or know how to swing a lasso, but I've got the hat and the boots, and in Texas, that takes you at least part-way there. A few times a year, I need to get my cowboy fix by visiting some western-themed destinations…not a hard thing to do in the Lone Star state! My craving hit early this year, so my wife and I headed to Bandera, the Cowboy Capital of the World. Bandera is located about 50…Read more
A Rainbow of Colors in Texas’ Only Tulip Field

A Rainbow of Colors in Texas’ Only Tulip Field

Ask any Texan how they know spring is here and they will usually mention the bluebonnets that start to pop up across fields and along roadsides right about now. But folks who live near Pilot Point might also say "tulips"! I'm cruising along FM 2931, just east of Pilot Point's downtown. This is Horse Country, and I'm enjoying driving by one ranch after another, seeing horses grazing, passing wide open green fields.  Suddenly a burst of color appears: rows and rows of pinks, purples, reds, yellows, oranges, whites - 5 acres of bright…Read more
A Peak Experience at Guadalupe Mountains National Park

A Peak Experience at Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Photo credit: Leaflet, Wikimedia Commons A new year is here, along with all of the resolutions that go along with it. If you're like many people, you may have resolved to get in better shape and do more traveling. If so, read on, because I have a perfect way for you to accomplish both! Last year, I took a wonderful road trip to Guadalupe Mountains National Park in Pine Springs, Texas, located about 110 miles east of El Paso.  My goal was to hike up Guadalupe Peak which, at 8,749 feet, is the highest…Read more
Dallas Rings in the New Year With Music, Lights, Fireworks and Fun

Dallas Rings in the New Year With Music, Lights, Fireworks and Fun

Most people love New Year’s Eve, and why not? It’s a great time to attend lively parties and other fun social gatherings, to join hordes of revelers at exciting public events, or to get together with loved ones for a quiet evening at home reflecting on the events of the past year and anticipating fresh starts in the new. But no matter how you prefer to celebrate New Year’s Eve, I can’t think of a better place to be than in Dallas!   If you’re really into the party scene, then your destination…Read more
Hidalgo Festival of Lights – the Biggest Holiday Lighting Event in Texas!

Hidalgo Festival of Lights – the Biggest Holiday Lighting Event in Texas!

When you live in Texas, it's a pretty huge deal to have the largest holiday lighting display in the state. But, that's what you'll find in Hidalgo at the city’s award-winning holiday event, the “Hidalgo Festival of Lights”.  Located in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas, Hidalgo has been hosting this celebration since 1991, and it has become one of the area’s most beloved traditions.  And it's true -- the “Hidalgo Festival of Lights” is the largest Christmas light display in all of Texas. Here you’ll find over 3 million lights illuminating…Read more
Dinosaur World in Glen Rose – A Must-Visit For Dino Lovers!

Dinosaur World in Glen Rose – A Must-Visit For Dino Lovers!

Glen Rose, a town near Dallas, is best known as the “Dinosaur Capital of Texas” because of the many well-preserved dino tracks and artifacts in the area.  In a recent blog, I wrote about a great trip I took to Dinosaur Valley State Park, one of the Lone Star State's natural treasures, offering swimming, hiking and other outdoor activities surrounded by prehistoric wonders. (Things to do in Glen Rose, TX) During that same trip, I also visited nearby Dinosaur World, a theme park featuring life-sized dinosaurs and plenty of fun, educational activities. If you have…Read more