barbara rodriguez

Get Away. Just Do It.

June 20, 2016 | By Barbara Rodriguez

I’ve spent much of my adult life in search of the best places in Texas to do little or nothing — getaways, hideaways, well-appointed holes in which to hide — weekend respites from city demands.

Beach Rituals

May 16, 2016 | By Barbara Rodriguez

My addiction to Texas beaches began literally overnight. I was in my early 20s and in graduate school at the University of Texas at Austin.

New Driver

April 18, 2016 | By Barbara Rodriguez

You wonder what they will remember.
My son has traveled with me since he was an infant, making his first journey at the age of six weeks, swaddled and tucked into the bow of a canoe as I paddled into an archipelago of islands in upstate New York.

Enduring Love

February 26, 2016 | By Barbara Rodriguez

It’s easy to love West Texas. The attractions of the Big Sky country are obvious. The openly bold landscape refuses to be ignored.

Pan Dulce Dreams

December 15, 2015 | By Barbara Rodriguez

Not all road trips are equal. That is especially true from a child’s perspective. A day’s drive to an amusement park is delightful in theory, but the reality involves hours and hours of confinement before the pay-off.

The Gift of the Getaway

November 13, 2015 | By Barbara Rodriguez

Travel is the gift we give ourselves.

Lessons Learned

August 14, 2015 | By Barbara Rodriguez

It’s a cliché by now. You don’t really know someone until you’ve traveled with them. Just because it’s a truism doesn’t mean it doesn’t bear repeating—or explicating.

Gardens of Stone

July 16, 2015 | By Barbara Rodriguez

I am not sure when I first fell in love with rambling through historic cemeteries. I know it was one of my mother’s favorite diversions on any road trip or vacation.

One Enchanted Evening

June 15, 2015 | By Barbara Rodriguez

I am enchanted by night sounds. I am aware of ambient noise always, but in my day-to-day life the buzz and hum of air vents and traffic is seldom remarkable enough to draw my attention.

The Road to Tradition

May 13, 2015 | By Barbara Rodriguez

I know the goal of many travelers is to never visit the same place twice. It’s a big world and we all have long bucket lists.

Sacred Places

April 15, 2015 | By Barbara Rodriguez

May can be the cruelest month for travel lovers. Spring break has come and gone. Summer vacation is but a dream.

Crossing Bridges

February 6, 2015 | By Barbara Rodriguez

One of many reasons that I like to take car trips with my son is that they never fail to inspire conversation.

Into the Light

January 6, 2015 | By Barbara Rodriguez

I have wondered many times what it is about far West Texas that I find both uplifting and settling.

Staycation Elation

December 12, 2014 | By Barbara Rodriguez

I like to believe that my mother invented the staycation. With a twist.

Road Rules

September 8, 2014 | By Barbara Rodriguez

Autumn is my favorite season for a roadtrip. Obviously, cooler weather factors into my affection. Also, smaller crowds make for broader landscapes.

Have Pet, Will Travel

August 21, 2014 | By Barbara Rodriguez

There are all sorts of travel experiences, each of which require different sorts of flexibility for success.

Memories Pack Light

February 24, 2014 | By Barbara Rodriguez

Babs Rodriguez unpacks a lifetime of travel memories. Here’s the full story from the March 2014 issue of Texas Highways.

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