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
San Antonio Lights Up the East Side With the Luminaria Contemporary Arts Festival

San Antonio Lights Up the East Side With the Luminaria Contemporary Arts Festival

The city of San Antonio is known for many things -- the RiverWalk, the Alamo and its neighboring missions, a rich Hispanic heritage, and amazing Tex-Mex food among them. And over the past several years, the city has really begun to shine in another area: art. San Antonio features world-class museums, wonderful local art, and the recently renovated Tobin Center for the Performing Arts which draws artists from all corners of the world. It's fitting, then, that nine years ago, the Luminaria Contemporary Arts Festival was created, an event which celebrates all genres of art, provides an incubator for experimental works, a forum…Read more
Release Your Inner Zombie At These Two “Undead” Events

Release Your Inner Zombie At These Two “Undead” Events

It's finally here - the big weekend when all things Halloween are celebrated. Almost everyone I know will be doing some fun, but predictable, activities: going to haunted houses, carving pumpkins, dressing up for costume parties or taking the little ones trick-or-treating. But what if you want to do something a bit more unique, something not everyone will be doing, something involving zombies? I have two ideas for you. 1. "Thrill the World" Global Dance - Thirty four years ago, Michael Jackson released the song "Thriller", which became a blockbuster around the world. The dance…Read more
Walking in the Steps of Pre-Historic Giants – Dinosaur Valley State Park

Walking in the Steps of Pre-Historic Giants – Dinosaur Valley State Park

During the summer, I spent some time in Dallas checking out a few new restaurants and revisiting some of the many wonderful museums and attractions I’ve enjoyed in the past. Although I love this city, I have to admit that one day, I really felt the need to escape the concrete jungle for a more natural setting, one with fresh air, beautiful vistas, and some nice hiking trails. And, I found just what I was looking for in Glen Rose, about a 1 ½ hour drive from Dallas. I also found some of the best preserved…Read more
Get Your Goat On in Brady, Texas This Labor Day Weekend!

Get Your Goat On in Brady, Texas This Labor Day Weekend!

What do you think is the most popular type of meat consumed around the world? Most people might guess beef or chicken, but they'd be wrong. The answer is goat meat (source). While 63% of our global population eats goat, you still don't see it that often on American menus. But there's a town in Texas that's been doing their part for many years to try to raise the profile of goat meat and introduce it to the masses. This Labor Day Weekend, September 2-3, the town of Brady, Texas hosts the World…Read more