Tag archives for Texas

Route 66: Halfway There

The dust cloud followed me all the way from Oklahoma. Red-brown, like a storm on the ground, the dust rolled over my car in endless tidal waves, pushing me outside the lines on the road. Ahead of me, a pair of red brake lights glowed in the miasma, like a pair of snake eyes, warning…

Best of TEXAS

After burning my tires across 5,000 miles of Texas roads, I can say with confidence that I know Texas slightly better than I did a month ago. My travels in the Lone Star State became a month-long search for self-discovery and digging deep to find out what it really means to be Texan. I learned…

Blue Bell Ice Cream

What’s the best job in the world? (Well, besides mine?) How about inventing new ice cream flavors for Blue Bell?

The Ultimate TEXAS Playlist

All travelers sing–the road demands it. Driving more than 5,000 miles around Texas granted me a lot of radio time, and as I traveled across the wide open landscape of the Lone Star State, I discovered some truly brilliant melodies and lyrics. I also exceeded the daily recommended allowance for country music. It would seem…

Riding Horses on Padre Island

It’s about time I got on a horse. I have zigzagged four thousand miles across Texas by car, but all the comfort and speed of machines can never compare to trotting a mile or two in the packed sand of Padre Island. Out here, on the world’s longest barrier island, the ocean meets the fringe…

Saving Sea Turtles

Spring Break is wasted on the young. When I’m in charge of the world, I’ll make it so that all the kids stay in school and anybody over thirty will take a mandatory week off in the spring. Though everyone warned me that going to South Padre Island in March was a mistake (“It’s a mob…

The Rangerettes

Sadly, I can never be a Rangerette. Not only does being male disqualify me, but I would never make it past the first audition. Apparently, in order to join the elite dance drill team of Kilgore College, girls must be able to kick high enough to touch boot toe to the front brim of their…

A Day in Dallas

I came to Dallas with no expectations, and despite some disparaging tweets and comments from the online peanut gallery, most of my well-traveled readers eagerly guided me through the third largest city in Texas, pointing out where to go and what to see and do. I was grateful for their advice and how it reinforced…

Fort Worth: Where the Money’s At

Take out a twenty-dollar bill. Look at the face side of the money—the one with Andrew Jackson with his big wavy hair. No go up to the upper right hand corner, right beneath the number “20” and the final “S” in United States. There should be a tiny letter, and if you’re extra lucky, you’ll…

The Best Barbecue In Texas

In Texas, where and how you eat barbecue matters as much as your football team and where you go to church. Moreover, Texans will wait longer in line for good barbecue than they will just about anything else. In Austin, everybody demanded that I go to Franklin Barbecue but warned that I’d need to show…