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Paddle Port O

I’m an occasional weekend paddler, launching a canoe or kayak about once a month with my trusty paddling partner and husband John. We’ll go for…
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Daytripper: Balmorhea

Amid the prickly-pear cacti and rocky hills of West Texas lies a literal oasis in the desert. It’s a place where streams of blue water…
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Return to La Carafe

Let’s face it: The city that produced the Astrodome and the Space Center has a reputation for focusing on the future. But downtown, near the…
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Keeper of the Flame

In the 1960s at his Soho building in New York City, “minimalism” icon Donald Judd would take his phone off the hook and park his…
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Finding the Middle Ground

Over the years, we’ve taken a few trips out to West Texas as a family, and our parental choices as cruise directors/ vacation curators have…
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It's a blast!

As visitors approach Space Center Houston, the space-themed museum located adjacent to NASA Johnson Space Center, a massive new exhibit looms into view—a replica of…
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Sister Act

"You need a dose of Farley Girls,” came the recommendation from a wise Galvestonian that Saturday morning.
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The Doctor Is In

The door opens, and in strides a woman in dark blue scrubs. The doctor is in.
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Beach Rituals

My addiction to Texas beaches began literally overnight. I was in my early 20s and in graduate school at the University of Texas at Austin.…
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Two-Wheel Touring

Lucky us: A brilliantly sunny morning greets us on the day we plan to see Galveston by bicycle. It’s been years since I’ve looked at…
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Sailing On

Aboard the Tall Ship Elissa docked at Galveston’s Pier 21, two boys pause near the wide base of a towering pole. They both lean back…
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Finding your thrill

I sat cross-legged in the sandy dirt at the foot of a blueberry bush at a pick-your-own farm called Blueberry Hill Farms in Edom. It…
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Play Ball

From a perch beyond the left-field fence, the mid-summer scene unfolds like a real-life Field of Dreams. An afternoon thunderstorm gives way to puffy clouds.…
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From Scraps to Souvenirs

Galveston’s Ships Mechanic Row got its name back in the 19th Century when it was an artery of the island’s shipping industry, located just a…
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Your Vote: Main Street Destinations

Tell us your favorite main drag in the state, whether it’s along a quaint courthouse square or within a buzzing cityscape. (“Main” does not have…
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