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Canoeing the Big Thicket

In the early afternoon of a hot autumn day, I launch my canoe on the Big Thicket Corridor of the…

Autumn in Port Aransas

Every fall for almost four decades, my grandfather and grandmother made the long trek from Tulsa, Oklahoma, to Port Aransas,…

Big Bend Country: Alpine—A World Apart

As you roll west on US 90 between Marathon and Alpine, the Big Bend tableau swallows you up in its…

Funny Cars: Mobile Madness at Houston’s Art Car Parade

A giant, high-heeled shoe—shiny, cherry red, and big enough to crae the foot of an Olympian goddess—glides past the towering…

Picture-Perfect Greetings from Jefferson

If ever there existed a magical winter haven sprung from the misty colors of a tinted Victorian photo, Jefferson—just 20…

Going Batty in Texas

The tornado struck with scant warning at sunset, leaving a bevy of onlookers breathless—and the local bug population decimated. Pouring…

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…
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