Catch the Pumpkin Artistry at these Events in Austin

Catch the Pumpkin Artistry at these Events in Austin

Header photo credit When I was a kid, I loved carving jack-o-lanterns! I’d find the perfect pumpkin, and then cut out 2 triangles for his eyes, another triangle for his nose, and finish off with a crescent moon shaped mouth, giving him a cute, gap-toothed grin. Nowadays, pumpkin carving has grown into an art, with creations far exceeding the beloved Jack-O-Lantern of my youth. Don’t get me wrong, I am not bemoaning the pumpkin’s progress…far from it! I love carving pumpkins even more now and I eagerly look forward to trying out new designs…Read more
Countdown to The State Fair of Texas 2015

Countdown to The State Fair of Texas 2015

 The State Fair of Texas has been a Lone Star tradition since its humble beginnings back in 1886. Visitors come from all over the world to experience this much anticipated annual event. This year, the fair (themed “Passport to Texas”) will run Friday, September 25 through Sunday, October 18, at Fair Park in Dallas. Besides the rides, entertainment, exhibits, and attractions, it will be a place family and friends come to celebrate the culture, history and cuisine of Texas. And boy, will there be cuisine...and more than likely, it will be fried! I plan…Read more
Big Bend National Park: Hiking the Chisos Mountains

Big Bend National Park: Hiking the Chisos Mountains

Top photo credit I’ve just returned from a trip to Big Bend National Park, and I can still feel the pure, fresh mountain air in my lungs! I can also feel the sore, tired muscles in my legs from all of the hiking I did…but that’s a small price to pay, considering how refreshed and rejuvenated I feel! Big Bend National Park is really three parks in one: you’ll find mountain, desert, and river environments which are home to a wide variety of plants and wildlife, historic buildings, artifacts, fossils, and some of…Read more
The Perfect Beach Vacation Awaits on Bolivar Peninsula

The Perfect Beach Vacation Awaits on Bolivar Peninsula

Top photo credit Take a ride on the Galveston-Bolivar ferry and you'll end up at one of the most popular summer destinations in Texas, the Bolivar Peninsula. The Peninsula is a narrow strip of land that runs parallel to the coast in southeast Texas, facing Galveston Bay on one side and the Gulf of Mexico on the other. With its 27 miles of beautiful beaches spanning 5 unique communities, the area is a haven for anyone who loves the sand and surf. Many visitors spend their entire summer in one of Bolivar's beach communities;…Read more
Alpine, TX: the “Hub of the Big Bend”

Alpine, TX: the “Hub of the Big Bend”

Nestled between majestic Davis Mountains and the great Chihuahuan desert lies the town of Alpine, TX. Central to several nearby towns and surrounded by the region's natural assets, Alpine is sometimes called the "Hub of the Big Bend". For many travelers, the town is a layover on the way to somewhere else. But this charming locale, with its friendly folks, variety of cozy accommodations, great restaurants, quaint shops and boutiques, galleries, museums, and even its own minor-league baseball stadium (home of the Alpine Cowboys), is itself a great destination, worthy of a few day's stay in your itinerary.…Read more
Music, Food and Fireworks in the Capital: Catch Austin’s “July 4th Symphony and Fireworks”

Music, Food and Fireworks in the Capital: Catch Austin’s “July 4th Symphony and Fireworks”

The Fourth of July is one of my favorite holidays; I have always been interested by the events that led up to the birth of our nation and so impressed with the courage and fortitude it took to see things through. OK, the fact that I’m a huge fan of barbecues and fireworks may also have something to do with my love of this annual ritual. Celebrating Independence Day with parades, barbecues, music, and fireworks has been a tradition almost from the beginning. As a matter of fact, Congress first authorized pyrotechnics as part…Read more
Amarillo’s Quirkiest Landmark: Cadillac Ranch

Amarillo’s Quirkiest Landmark: Cadillac Ranch

Amarillo, Texas is a city rich in history and culture, built on cattle and cowboy lore, graced with vast canyons that define the landscape. So, who would have thought that one of the city's top attractions would be a bunch of old cars upended in the dirt? For more than 30 years, Cadillac Ranch has attracted visitors - car lovers, curiosity-seekers, graffiti artists - who all come to see the row of 10 classic Caddies, slightly angled, buried nose-deep in the Texan soil. The slant isn't random: it corresponds to the angle of the…Read more
More Springtime Fun All Around Texas

More Springtime Fun All Around Texas

It's Springtime and festival season is well underway in Texas. Here are just a few of the great events happening across the state in the coming weeks: The Tops In Texas Rodeo Jacksonville |  May 14 - 16 As you probably know by now, if it has to do with cowboys and horses, I’m in! That’s why I’ll be returning to Jacksonville for this exciting event! Besides the rodeo, there will be a parade, a chick wagon luncheon, a junior rodeo and kids’ day events. Website  | Facebook  Tailwind Regional Balloon Fest Canton |  May 15 &…Read more
Spring Into Texas for Some Fun-Filled Springtime Events!

Spring Into Texas for Some Fun-Filled Springtime Events!

Texas is a great state to visit at any time of the year…but the month of May kicks off festival season, making it a perfect time for a Texas getaway. There just seems to be so many cool things happening here in next few weeks, I thought I'd list a few for you. Port Neches RiverFest Port Neches | now through May 3 This unique, 4-day festival takes place right on the river. Catch the  "Thunder on the Neches" tunnel boat races, a Car Show and Motorcycle Show, along with a variety of  food vendors.…Read more
Experience the Best of Texas Heritage at the Wild, Wild West Fest

Experience the Best of Texas Heritage at the Wild, Wild West Fest

Not far from the border of New Mexico's southeast corner, you'll find Andrews, Texas,  a quaint, up-and-coming community. Named for Richard Andrews (the first soldier to die in the Texas revolution), Andrews has a past similar to a lot of towns in West Texas: most of the people in the area relied on oil and ranching, which are still important industries today. Pay a visit to Andrews and you'll see that the cowboy spirit is still alive in these parts, especially if you come the weekend of April 24th - 26th, because that's…Read more