Monday, March 2, 2015

Junction, Texas

This town at the meeting of the North and South Llano Rivers makes for a great weekend destination. Camping, hiking, kayaking, bat caves, history, good eating and dark skies. Read more in Texas Co-op Power Magazine. 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Show sargassum some love

That "seaweed" washing up on Texas beaches every spring and summer is Sargassum, and it is an important part of the marine and shoreline ecosystems. Learn more in this Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine article. 

Photo: Chase Fountain, TPWD

Monday, February 23, 2015

10 things smartphones can do

From tracking your mental health to creating an eyeglasses prescription, helping folks stay sober, and testing your cholesterol, smartphones have an ever-growing number of amazing uses. I list ten in this piece for Mental Floss.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Kayaking San Antonio's Mission Reach

The stretch of San Antonio River south of downtown -- and the famous Riverwalk -- has a hike and bike trail and canoe and kayak access points. The Mission Reach, as it's known, makes for a very nice paddle through areas under restoration to their former natural state and offers a new way to explore the historic missions. Read about my experience in the latest issue of Texas Highways.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Camp like a local in Mexico's Big Bend area

La Posada Milagro Guesthouse in Terlingua offers camping trips into the mountains and desert across the Rio Grande from Big Bend National Park. Beautiful scenery, swimming holes, campfire meals, and more. Read about it here. 

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Giant frogs and an enormous iguana

The wild and wacky creations of Bob 'Daddy-O' Wade, and how they came to be. This one for Texas Co-op Power was a lot of fun to write. Read it here.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Eat more lamb

Texas produces a lot of lamb - more than any other state in the US, in fact. So the American Lamb Board's chef competition, Lamb Jam, is coming to Austin for the first time this year. Read more about it in on CultureMap.