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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…

Paddle Port O

I’m an occasional weekend paddler, launching a canoe or kayak about once a month with my trusty paddling partner and…

Happy Trails

The scene is wistfully familiar. As I pull off US 83 and into the stables at Elm Creek Ranch near…

Of Feathers and Hope

"'Hope’ is the thing with feathers,” wrote 19th-Century American poet Emily Dickinson in the opening line of her poem of…

Wild About Wild Basin

When some long-overdue rain last July relieved drought conditions in the Austin area, my thoughts turned to Wild Basin Wilderness…
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