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Written by Lois Rodriguez

Kayaking and canoeing are as popular as ever, as proven by the hot spots that get pretty crowded over the summer. Crowds don’t bother me, but sometimes, it’s nice to change the scenery.

It's baby season at the San Antonio Zoo. Yesterday, zoo officials announced the birth of two warthog piglets on June 14, and a female blue duiker calf was born on June 21.

JulyFourth

It’s time to strike up the band, dress in your finest red, white, and blue, and raise your flags high for some Texas-sized fun. July 4th marks the 238th anniversary of America’s independence, and the Lone Star State is ready to commemorate the occasion in style.

Go Spurs! The celebration continues for the champions with a parade and ceremony on Wednesday, June 18.

A plot of land 15 feet from an active stretch of railroad tracks is not generally considered a prime location upon which to open a fledgling restaurant. And in fact, when Don and Lynn Forres launched the Huisache Grill in New Braunfels in 1994, few had confidence that they would succeed.

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Dean Fearing strides across the dining room from his kitchen inside The Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Dallas, delivering an appetizer of Texas Carpaccio to a couple enjoying a lavish dinner. The famous chef, cutting a contemporary profile in his crisp, white chef jacket, blue jeans, and cowboy boots, introduces himself with a grin and handshake.

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It’s a few minutes before happy hour on a Wednesday afternoon, and I’m playing a game with myself at The Owl, a two-year-old home-goods shop and wine bar in historic downtown Elgin.

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Let’s just say it had been a long day in the driver’s seat, and patience was wearing thin. Each summer, we make the drive from Texas to Minnesota to visit my family, a two-and-a-half-day endeavor each way, only manageable with a stack of Scooby Doo movies for my young children and plenty of snacks

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One of the greatest values of travel is that it affords us a new perspective on the world. When we abandon our daily routines and immerse ourselves in unfamiliar settings, we allow our senses to reawaken and experience things with new eyes.

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Sunday mornings in the West Texas town of Alpine are remarkably quiet for a community with a population of around 6,000 people.

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Doug Baum’s farm outside of Waco looks like most others in Central Texas. There are a few scattered, scrubby mesquite trees, an old windmill from the Axtell Company in Fort Worth, and a maze of barbed wire fencing to separate the donkeys and the goats from the camels.

The trouble with the traditional American school calendar is that it conditions you to believe that summers should be spent on vacation.

Illustration by Michael Witte

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