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Whirring Dervishes: Hummingbirds

Texas is well known for its large concentrations of birds, butterflies, Mexican free-tailed bats, and more, and a lot of…

Dive In!: Balmorhea State Park

I first met the clear, bracing waters of Balmorhea’s swimming pool on a family vacation decades ago. Wading far into…

Dive In!

Under water, light behaves differently; colors sparkle, then fade. Sounds magnify and distort. Liquid cradles a body accustomed to mere…

Dive In!: Flower Gardens Banks National Marine Sanctuary

Roughly 110 miles from Freeport, I plunged six feet down from the M/V Fling, into the Gulf of Mexico to…

Dive In!: South Padre Island

On a diving trip this spring, I explored a ship’s observation wing and swam along its starboard navigation deck, stopping…

Dive In!: Lake Amistad National Recreation Area

Underwater cliffs and monster bass (up to 13 pounds) attract divers to this sizable reservoir straddling the U.S.-Mexico border near…

Voluntourism: Good times = Good Works

Volunteer While Seeing the SightsBy Melissa GaskillThe ferry bumped to a stop at the San José Island dock, and I…

Riding High at Dude Ranches

I’m back in the saddle again, riding a sure-footed horse along a rocky path that twists and bucks through cedar-strewn…

Postcards: A Wildlife Rendezvous

See related: Ship Shape and Independence Day in BeltonAt Fossil Rim Wildlife Center near Glen Rose, it's a wild, wild…

Some Like It Hot

While Texans usually make a beeline indoors (or to the nearest swimming hole) on sweltering summer days, some of our…

Weekender: Where the Birds Are

Black-chins, ruby-throats, painted buntings, and other wildlife delight guests at a B&B south of San Angelo At the Hummer House…

Postcards: The Caverns of Sonora

See related: All the Right NotesTexas’ spectacular show cave celebrates 50 years of tours Even though the fantastic geological formations…
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