Floating Cabins, Good Friends and Great Fishing: a Perfect Texas Gulf Getaway

Floating Cabins, Good Friends and Great Fishing: a Perfect Texas Gulf Getaway

It was going to be a guy’s weekend. Just the men, no ladies. Nothing against our lovely ladies, but this trip was about the boys. Male bonding, with beer and cigars and bad jokes….and fishing! Oh yes, the fishing. My good friends Walt, Jax, RJ and I try to get away for a “Guys’ Night Out” every few months or so. The lucky part is that our wives are all friends too and they love getting rid of us for a night or a weekend every once in a while. Win-win, right? Anyway,…Read more
Sulphur Springs: a Small-Town Gem Where the Livin’ Is Easy

Sulphur Springs: a Small-Town Gem Where the Livin’ Is Easy

I'm sitting on a bench in Coleman Park, watching three guys, a gal and a small boy fishing off a pier and I can't help but feel a bit envious. On this breezy, blue-sky afternoon, I'd rather be there, lakeside, casting a line, than writing a blog. And I do love writing this blog - but there's something about visiting Sulphur Springs that just makes you want to slow down, pop open a beer and relax. Sulphur Springs is a beautiful town in Northeast Texas. When you're here, you're likely to bump elbows with many city-folk from…Read more
Sweet, Cold, Creamy Fun at the Austin Ice Cream Festival

Sweet, Cold, Creamy Fun at the Austin Ice Cream Festival

I don't think I know a single person who doesn't like ice cream. Some folks go for those wild, creative flavors (Maple Bacon Jalapeño Swirl, anyone?) while others just opt for a good vanilla, but I think we can all agree that a frozen scoop (or two) is the perfect antidote for the blazing Texas summer sun. On August 9th, the capital city will host the 8th Annual Austin Ice Cream Festival. Locals and out-of-towners will head to Fiesta Gardens for the all-you-can-eat ice cream party, featuring national and regional brands. Past participants have included Amy's Ice Creams, Austin Scoops,…Read more
Columbus: A Perfect Place for Tree-Gazers, Rivers-Runners and Wildlife-Lovers

Columbus: A Perfect Place for Tree-Gazers, Rivers-Runners and Wildlife-Lovers

Columbus is a charming city in southeastern Texas that certainly lives up to its motto: “The Home of Live Oaks and Live Folks”. Situated about 74 miles west of Houston, Columbus is famous for its beautiful old oak trees and friendly inhabitants.  As a matter of fact, Columbus is home to the 2nd largest oak tree in the State! (To see Texas' largest oak tree you'll have to head south to Goose Island State Park, in Rockport.) And even though Columbus’ tree doesn’t own the top prize, it is still quite impressive and a…Read more
What’s all the Buzz about a Mosquito Festival in Clute TX?

What’s all the Buzz about a Mosquito Festival in Clute TX?

It's an insect most people could do without. That's probably why there aren't many events dedicated to the mosquito. But in Clute Texas, this lowly pest becomes a local celebrity for a few days during the Great Texas Mosquito Festival, one of the most unique and popular annual events in the state (called “America's Number One Wackiest Summer Event” by Trip Advisor!) From July 24-26, the fun starts at the front entrance where you're greeted by the largest mosquito in Texas, the bright yellow inflatable "Willie Man-Chew" wearing a cowboy hat and boots. This 3-day celebration features almost too many events to list, but we'll…Read more
Take a Drive on the Wild Side at Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch

Take a Drive on the Wild Side at Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch

"USA WEEKEND" magazine recently rated the 10 best animal safaris in the U.S. The one at the top of the list is right here in Texas! Today I'm trading in my Stetson for a safari hat as I drive through the African Plains in Texas Hill Country. The Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch is a 400 acre safari park located between San Antonio and New Braunfels. The ranch is home to about 500 animals representing over 45 different species, including some endangered ones. There's something really special about being able to view these exotic animals and…Read more
Addison, TX Hosts One of America’s Most Spectacular Fireworks Shows

Addison, TX Hosts One of America’s Most Spectacular Fireworks Shows

Who would expect that a small Texas town would have one of the biggest and highest-rated July 4th celebrations in the U.S.? Independence Day is an important holiday to me. I may talk of my Texas pride, but first and foremost, I'm an American and proud of it. I always enjoy the patriotism, the picnics and parties, the fireworks, the day off from work... but amidst the revelry, I always take a moment to remember where we came from and what the "rockets' red glare" really represents.    If you enjoy fireworks like I…Read more
The Coolest New Water Sport to Hit the Texas Skies!

The Coolest New Water Sport to Hit the Texas Skies!

Photo credit: Port Maguide Biscarrosse When I woke up this morning, I didn't know that in a few hours I would be strapping a jet pack onto my feet and hurtling straight up in the air. But let me tell you, I had one of the coolest thrills of my life, and I can't wait to try flyboarding again. Flyboarding?  What is that? I had never heard of it until today. We were driving across the Lake Lewisville Bridge and out of the corner of my eye, I saw something odd in the distance.  It…Read more
Unique Museum Remembers the Medics Who Rescued U.S. Soldiers

Unique Museum Remembers the Medics Who Rescued U.S. Soldiers

I'm in the San Antonio area this week and, with Memorial Day approaching, I thought I'd finally pay a visit to a place that's been on my list for awhile: the U.S. Army Medical Department Museum at the Fort Houston Army Base. The exhibits here pay tribute to those often-unsung heroes, the medics whose job took them to the front lines of battle to rescue the wounded, and the doctors and nurses who tried to save their lives.  It's one of the most outstanding facilities of its kind dedicated to the restoration, preservation and…Read more
A Berry Fun Event: The Pasadena Strawberry Festival

A Berry Fun Event: The Pasadena Strawberry Festival

Pasadena was once known as the "Strawberry Capital of the South." The strawberries grown here were known for their size and sweetness and were shipped all over the country. Pasadena may have since relinquished its title, but since 1974 residents here have been paying tribute to their beloved fruit with a Texas-sized event that’s sure to satisfy the entire family: it's the Pasadena Strawberry Festival, an annual 3 day event (this year it’s May 16-18) that draws over 45,000 people from all walks of life to the midway.  This year’s festivities will include…Read more