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Simply Palacios

An old, unlikely legend holds that Spanish sailors shipwrecked in Matagorda Bay saw a mirage of three sparkling palaces on…

Grains of Inspiration

On a spring day, Lucinda Wierenga—better known on South Padre Island as “Sandy Feet”—puts the finishing touches on a multi-turreted…

Creating a Legacy

I started collecting travel memories in the form of jewelry when I was about eight years old. In recent years,…

Mission: Kayak

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

Tuneful Tour

It’s the smell that first grabs you when you enter the Collings Guitars Factory in southwest Austin—that heady intermingling of…

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…

The Fringe of Footwear

Nevena Christi points to a label painted on a brick wall inside the El Paso workshop of Rocketbuster Handmade Custom…

Autos for the Ages

A 1956 sky-blue-and-white Chevrolet Bel Air Sport Sedan cruises a couple of laps around a San Marcos parking lot, its…

Hats Off to Ben's

In Cotulla, a formerly sleepy town roughly equidistant between San Antonio, Laredo, and Corpus Christi, the Texas Hat Museum represents…

San Antonio by Trike

I feel a tug of skepticism as I test my tricycle legs at a storage facility just north of downtown…

Back to the Basics

  What do you do when the souvenir you want is illegal? That was the question I asked myself as…

Paddling and Painting

A pleasant breeze rocked my kayak and rustled pale green and brown marsh grasses around me. Overhead, a few wispy…
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