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
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
Zilker Park: A Metropolitan Oasis in Austin

Zilker Park: A Metropolitan Oasis in Austin

It's a lazy, hazy, hot July day in Austin and I'm outside. In the heat. In the humidity. I usually try to visit air-conditioned venues at this time of year for obvious reasons. But there are some places worth a bit of sweat and Zilker Park is one of them.  Settling into a spot under a shady tree to write this blog, I'm watching plenty of people riding bikes, picnicking, walking dogs and searching for Pokémon, and I know that even the hot Texas sun can't keep folks away from a good time in a beautiful spot.…Read more
There’s Something New in Galveston: the First Annual Cajun Crawfish Festival

There’s Something New in Galveston: the First Annual Cajun Crawfish Festival

The city of Galveston knows how to throw a great party! This month, they're adding a brand new celebration to the roster, the Galveston Cajun Crawfish Festival.  This event brings the best of Louisiana across the border into Galveston, featuring Cajun culinary specialties and entertainment. You'll also find Texan cuisine and plenty of fresh Gulf seafood, but the star of the show will definitely be the Louisiana crawfish, boiled and seasoned to spicy perfection. The festival will also feature some great musical guests. You'll be tapping your feet to a Creole beat with Zydeco…Read more
Experience the Cowboy Way of Life in Vernon

Experience the Cowboy Way of Life in Vernon

Vernon, Texas, is no stranger to the cowboy way of life. Back in the 1800’s the Great Western Cattle Trail brought over 7 million cattle and horses right through the town on their way to Kansas and Nebraska. So, it’s quite fitting that Vernon, located in North Central Texas just about halfway between Dallas/Fort Worth and Amarillo, will once again be hosting the Santa Rosa Roundup Rodeo. This year’s rodeo (which, as y’all probably know is Texas’ official state sport) will take place May 18-21, in the historic Santa Rosa Rodeo Grounds—the same…Read more
Exotic, Wild Beasts Roaming in Texas?

Exotic, Wild Beasts Roaming in Texas?

About 40 miles northwest of the Fort Worth/Dallas metroplex live a group of animals that aren't exactly native to Texas. Bears, tigers, lions, primates all live the good life in Boyd, Texas at the International Exotic Animal Sanctuary, a fascinating place to visit. It's not a zoo;  in fact, many of the animals here have been rescued from zoos and circuses, confiscated from people trying to keep them as pets or saved from some other bad circumstance. The sanctuary was founded in 1988 as a safe haven for abused and abandoned exotic animals. While it's never…Read more