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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…

Unbridled Spirit

My horse Annie, a 16-year-old chestnut mare with soulful eyes and long lashes, relaxes her ears and ambles calmly toward…

Rockin’ Reimers Ranch

My fingers were cramping but my legs weren’t shaking … yet. I had a solid foothold but a somewhat questionable…

Mission: Kayak

The river rounds a bend and six mossy-backed turtles sunning on a row of rocks drop into the water—plop, plop,…

Desert Twinkle

A wide asphalt airstrip stretches 5,500 feet into the desert landscape toward a row of hills in the distance. I…

Silo Diving

I’ve always considered myself a pretty brave guy. I’ve gone hang gliding, swum with stingrays, and even eaten face-melting ghost…

Running the Rock

We’ve been running for about 15 minutes—skipping over small boulders and sidestepping cacti that spike up from a trail winding…

A Desert Diverse

Resting in the shade next to a pool of clear water, I could almost forget that miles and miles of…
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