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Dog-friendly trails, restaurants, and lodging in Central Texas

When that road-trip itch needs scratching, I can always count on one friend to join me: my big mutt Max.…

Rail-to-Trail Bicycling on the Lake Mineral Wells State Trailway

A flash of bright green catches my eye, and I slam on the brakes, my bicycle kicking up gravel as…

8 State Parks in East Texas Where You Can Unplug and Enjoy Nature

Despite my job as a Texas photographer and writer, I hadn’t visited many of East Texas’ state parks in years.…

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…

10 Epic Summer Travel Adventures

Get even more summertime adventure ideas. Hello summertime! We know it can get hot out there, but that’s no excuse…

Nine-river Day

There’s something about the summer solstice that inspires adventure. As the official start of summer and the longest day of…

Big Thicket Drift

“It’s not too often that you just don’t have anything to do,” our guide remarked as we lounged on the…

The Art (and Fun) of Stacking Rocks

Michael Grab wades into the waist-high water of the Llano River in Central Texas, reaches down to the bottom, and…

9 Divine Hill Country Hikes

In the Texas Hill Country, the flat Gulf Coastal plains to the east and the Texas brush country to the…

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…

Return to the Guadalupes

I got to know the Guadalupe Mountains as a child in the 1970s, when my dad was a park ranger…

Silver Wings

Sara Beesley, director of the Mitchell Lake Audubon Center in San Antonio, thought she might have fallen prey to some…
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