Monday, March 23, 2015

Wildflowers 2015

The wildflowers have arrived in Texas! My piece for Texas Highways offers up four great routes for enjoying them, and other pursuits.

Cross-border Conservation in the Big Bend.

Nature knows no borders, and in the Big Bend region, conservation and management don't either. Read more about the 3 million-plus wild acres on both sides of the Rio Grande.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Peace and quiet in our National Parks.

Man-made light and noise grow ever more prevalent, even in remote areas. The National Park Service Natural Sounds & Night Skies Division mapped noise and light in parks and here are there findings on the quietest and darkest ones.

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.