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Nature by Day … or Night

The sun is low and the gate guarded as we arrive at the south shore of Lewisville Lake, some 30…

A Place of Refuge

From a limestone precipice at the crest of the Rimrock Trail, I catch my breath and gaze across an unspoiled…

By the Light of the Moon

Beneath fading early evening light, I slip across glassy water over the reflections of large cypress and pecan trees along…

Ski Waco!

On the two-hour drive from Austin to the Barefoot Ski Ranch in Waco, I’ve been chattering away about my teenage…

Paddle Port O

I’m an occasional weekend paddler, launching a canoe or kayak about once a month with my trusty paddling partner and…

Happy Trails

The scene is wistfully familiar. As I pull off US 83 and into the stables at Elm Creek Ranch near…

Of Feathers and Hope

"'Hope’ is the thing with feathers,” wrote 19th-Century American poet Emily Dickinson in the opening line of her poem of…

Wild About Wild Basin

When some long-overdue rain last July relieved drought conditions in the Austin area, my thoughts turned to Wild Basin Wilderness…

A Real Cowboy Experience

What I love most about this ranch,” says horseback guide Missy Cantrell as a wasp lands on the wide brim…

Favoring the Fall

A little more than 25 miles from where my feet tramped, a line of cars waited to enter Lost Maples…

Color in Motion

I’ll confess. I’m addicted to butterflies.

Silver Wings

Sara Beesley, director of the Mitchell Lake Audubon Center in San Antonio, thought she might have fallen prey to some…
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