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
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
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
50 Fantastic and FREE Things to do in Dallas

50 Fantastic and FREE Things to do in Dallas

Reality TV has done Dallas a disservice.  With shows like "Big Rich Texas" and "Most Eligible Dallas", folks might get the impression that this city is all about big hair, huge egos and massive bank accounts.  The real reality is that "Big D" is a cultural hotspot, brimming with art, music, great shopping and fascinating history -- and you don't have to be a wealthy socialite to enjoy the city.  In fact, many of the great things Dallas has to offer are FREE.   Click here for a great list of 50 cool…Read more