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Kemah: On the Boardwalk

Until the mid-1990s, the unpretentious, somewhat funky community of Kemah (pop. 1,200-plus) slumbered along year-to-year, storm-to-storm, on the west shore…

Get Wet? You Bet!

Water—lots of it—is the only real relief from Texas summer heat. Thankfully, our sunny state is home to some splashing…

Caprock Canyons State Park: Mountains Beneath the Plains

Scores of cliff swallows billow out of the canyon, forming a swirling, 100-foot column above the rim. Just beyond the…

Minimalism to the Max in Marfa

Art takes kindly to the wide-open expanses of Marfa, Texas.

Crape Myrtles Drape the Summer Landscape

Among the cast of characters in a midsummer day’s landscape, the perennial show-stopper remains the crape myrtle. This bold, brash…

Uvalde, The Genuine Article

Beneath Uvalde’s bustling, 21st-Century veneer of shopping centers, fast-food joints, and highway traffic beats the heart and soul of the…

Where the Wild Things Are

Bird feeders full and our three elderly dogs fed, belly-scratched, and left to chase squirrels for the day, my husband…

Tyler’s Azalea and Spring Flower Trail

The 42nd Annual Tyler Azalea and Spring Flower Trail (Mar. 17-Apr. 1, 2001) features 7.5 miles of marked tours, mostly through Tyler's…

Best Places in TX, Period!

Some of the best answers didn't make it to the winners' column. For Best Cheap Tourist Thrill, someone wrote, "Seeing…

Chill Out in Texas Swimming Holes

Blazing, dusty days. That deep breath before the first frosty plunge. Tarzan-calls—Ahh-eee-ahh!—and cannonballs from rope-swingers above. The tingly warmth of…

The Hill Country’s Rock of Ages

A ghostly breeze whispers to the bald expanse of a giant, granite dome. Sparkling like a thousand tiny mirrors in…

Big Bend Country—Where Wildflowers Wait for Rain

Big Bend’s springtime floral bounty belies the widespread belief that the Chihuahuan Desert is a barren wasteland. On the contrary,…
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