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Eternal Value

National Park Ranger Marten Schmitz retrieves a palm-sized chunk of Alibates flint rock from the dried short-grass prairie. “Here’s a…

The Pulse of Port Arthur

For a music fan like me, one particularly good reason to visit Port Arthur is the blues-rock singer Janis Joplin.…

When dinosaurs (and mammoths) roamed

Curved tusks jut out of red sandy soil. Massive bones scatter around them in the prehistoric burial ground. These are…

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…

Where Aloe is King

Luxuriating in the tropically landscaped oasis of Hilltop Gardens, I feel sheltered from the world by palms, hibiscus, and birds…

Staycation Elation

I like to believe that my mother invented the staycation. With a twist.

Daytripper: Houston

More than any other Texas city, Houston is defined by its neighborhoods, helping to break this giant bayou buffet up…

Happy in Harlingen

Harlingen came to life in 1904 as a crossroads on the Arroyo Colorado, garnering the daunting nickname of “Rattlesnake Junction”…

The Accidental Ornament

This December, when I string my lights and trim my tree and light my menorah, I have four new friends…

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…

Round Top Holiday

My family of 12 was once referred to as “a small country.” Growing up in a four-bedroom house in Houston…
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