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Battleship Hard-Hat Tours

NEAR LAPORTE, SOME 20 MILES EAST OF downtown Houston, San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site not only preserves the site where Texas…

South Texas' Berclair Mansion

Who has not dreamed of wandering down a prosaic path to discover something magical? To find a mansion where no…

Birds Do It, Bees Do It, Even Educated Fleas Do It

BUT, WE THINK, EVEN COLE PORTER might have been flummoxed had he envisioned gray tree frogs mating in groups of…

Marfa's Thunderbird

While it would seem that there’s been some enormous shift in the zeitgeist that has long defined this old ranching…

Whack, Shake and Bale

This year, get your Christmas tree Clark Griswold-style by cutting it down yourself. For many families, in fact, bringing home…

Stanzel Model Aircraft Museum: Top-Flight Fun

Mention Schulenburg, and tourists think of the century-old "Painted Churches" found nearby in Ammannsville, Dubina, High Hill, and Praha.

Essentials: Notes from a Journal: My Big Thicket

The Big Thicket is a region of southeast Texas often called "America's Ark" for its phenomenal diversity of plant species.…

Notes from a Journal: My Big Thicket

Talk about bonehead questions! Here's one from my overflowing bag. I popped it to two classy ladies, causing them to…

To the Bat Cave!

Bruce Wayne has nothing on Austin’s 1.5-million-strong population of Mexican free-tailed bats. Talk about overcoming obstacles! In the 1980s, shortly after setting…

Cool. Calm. Collected.

Whew-ee, it's a scorcher. Come August, I always feel sorry for those newcomers who moved to Texas from more temperate…

Krause Springs: Plunge into Paradise

Beset by the usual woes of modern urban life–bumper-to-bumper traffic, stressful workplaces, suburban sprawl, endangered water-ways, and, as country singer…

Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay: Palacios

I’ve long been a fan of small-town Fourth of July celebrations. There’s a sense of community and camaraderie, plus plenty…
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