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Texas Beaches Are Awash In Baby Dolls, Messages in a Bottle, and Other Oddities

Texas Beaches Are Awash In Baby Dolls, Messages in a Bottle, and Other Oddities

An excessive amount of trash—or treasure, for some people—has been known to wash up on Texas beaches.

De-Mythifying the Lesser-Known Story of the Republic of the Rio Grande

De-Mythifying the Lesser-Known Story of the Republic of the Rio Grande

“This is gonna make such an amazing miniseries one day, isn’t it?” gushes Brandon Seale in the eighth episode of the podcast “Republic of the Rio Grande.” As host and creator of the lively and ruminative 17-part series, Seale sets aside his day job as president of San Antonio-based Howard Energy Partners and takes on the role of avocational historian to delve into this lesser-known chapter of Mexico-Texas history.

History, Memories Sold as ‘Austin City Limits’ Backdrop Goes on the Auction Block

History, Memories Sold as ‘Austin City Limits’ Backdrop Goes on the Auction Block

The word “iconic” gets thrown around way too much for my liking, but it does exist for good reasons.

Beyond Oktoberfest: Meet Fredericksburg’s Lesser-Known Traditions

Beyond Oktoberfest: Meet Fredericksburg’s Lesser-Known Traditions

This month, the city of Fredericksburg kicks off its 175th anniversary with a yearlong celebration culminating next May.

How the Founder of H-E-B Set Out to Bring Tennis to Everyone

How the Founder of H-E-B Set Out to Bring Tennis to Everyone

It’s a sunny afternoon in Kerrville, and a group of about half a dozen teenage boys and girls stand near the baseline of a tennis court at the H-E-B Tennis Center, located off State Highway 16.

Small-Town Dispatches: Granbury Boutiques Recoup Lost Sales Via Online Shopping Events

Small-Town Dispatches: Granbury Boutiques Recoup Lost Sales Via Online Shopping Events

Just southwest of Dallas/Fort Worth, Granbury—a lakeside town typically bustling with shoppers crowding its charming downtown—finds its streets quiet at the moment. But residents are finding ways to continue the convivial nature of the small community at home.

Diana Kennedy Donates Rare Mexican Cookbook Collection to The University of Texas at San Antonio

Diana Kennedy Donates Rare Mexican Cookbook Collection to The University of Texas at San Antonio

Diana Kennedy, widely considered to be the foremost authority on Mexican cooking, drove the 892 miles from her home in Michoacán, Mexico, to San Antonio in February (as chronicled by The New York Times) to drop off her collection of 19th-century Mexican cookbooks.

Explore the Guadalupe Ridge Trail with Texas Highways and New Mexico Magazines

Explore the Guadalupe Ridge Trail with Texas Highways and New Mexico Magazines

This month, we’re partnering with New Mexico Magazine to share the story of this dual-state treasure with our neighbors to the west.

For our joint feature story, Managing Editor Wes Ferguson made his second trip to explore the Guadalupe Ridge Trail. As the fall 2017 artist-in-residence at Guadalupe Mountains National Park, he had spent nearly four weeks hiking and writing while immersed in the highest and wildest country Texas offers. “This assignment brought me back to the Guadalupes for the first time in nearly a year,” Ferguson says, “and it felt like a reunion with an old friend I don’t see nearly as often as I wish.”

Hike from Texas to New Mexico on This 100-Mile-Long Trail

Hike from Texas to New Mexico on This 100-Mile-Long Trail

Pieced together from several existing trails, the GRT begins near the depths of New Mexico, not far from the entrance to Carlsbad Caverns National Park, and ends on the top of Texas—Guadalupe Peak, which at 8,751 feet is the highest summit in the Lone Star State.

The trail connects Carlsbad Caverns and Guadalupe Mountains national parks via the Lincoln National Forest, most famously the site of Sitting Bull Falls, which tumbles from a spring-fed creek over a mossy, 150-foot-high canyon wall. An oasis flowing year round, it fills clear pools where visitors come to relax, wade, and cool down in an otherwise desolate stretch of desert. If you’ve been hiking for nearly a week on the Guadalupe Ridge Trail, you’ve certainly earned a dip and drink from the falls.

Labor Day fun is no chore

Labor Day fun is no chore

Labor Day weekend is like one last quick blip of summer after the school year starts.

Laugh Stop

Laugh Stop

These days – like most days – we all could use a little laughter, so you can bet I’m going to get my fill as the comedy train comes through town this week via Austin’s Moontowner Comedy and Oddity Fest.

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