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Bicycle the Texas Hill Country with Texas Bike Tours

The narrow Hill Country road drops toward a low bridge over a small creek. I coast on my bicycle, faster…

Explore the Lone Star Hiking Trail in East Texas

The sun crested over the tops of the tall pines, taking the chill out of the winter air as my…

Gearing up for Palestine's El Camino 205 bicycle tour

We rise before daybreak to a chorus of birdsong and pump up our tires. It’s the morning of my first…

Dive into a Texas swimming hole

When photographer Carolyn Tracy and I sign on to curate a guide to 100 of the best places to swim…

Animal-lovers alert: Wild residents of Black Beauty Ranch

On the outskirts of Murchison in East Texas, a sprawling animal sanctuary has provided a home for rescued animals for…

Biking with Birds

Not a half-hour into my daylong adventure, in the middle of a prairie of sea lavender and leatherleaf, I stopped…

Natural Galveston

Head east down Seawall Boulevard in Galveston, past the lights and activity of Historic Pleasure Pier, beyond the elegant Hotel…

Walking to the Water

My friend Callie and I had been hearing about Gorman Falls—the 70-foot waterfall that’s the centerpiece of Colorado Bend State…

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…
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