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San Antonio River Mission Trail

Altar Mission Concepcion

The Alamo is undoubtedly the most famous of San Antonio’s old Spanish missions. But the four missions of the National Park Service Mission Trail are a highlight of a historic tour of the city.  Today they are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. All nearly 300 years old or more, they …

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Peace In The Piney Woods

Piney Woods

We’re a Prozac society. Our brains crave dopamine, instantaneous gratification, positive feedback, likes, follows. “I sent her a text a minute ago, why hasn’t she responded?” “Yes, Mr. Barista, another double latte please”! Give me Pandora pounding in my earbuds. The miracle of WiFi! I’m connected, plugged in. Is that you? …

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5 Secluded Island Getaways On Florida’s Gulf Coast

Florida Beach

Florida is a big, very populous state with lots of tourists, and consequently finding a little quiet peace on the beach gets harder all the time. Yeah, there are over 1,350 miles of coastline, and you would think that’s enough to give everybody their own place on the sand. But …

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Big Bend National Park

Big Bend National Park

This is unlike any other place in Texas. You have mountains, desert, wild critters. You don’t have lakes or rivers (until you get to the Rio Grande), spotty cell phone service, and even spottier WiFi.  You are pretty much off the grid. The Chisos Mountain Lodge is the place to …

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YIKES!!! Snake In Tree

Confessions From A Kayaker’s Cockpit By Fred Mays We glided silently through the salt marsh, the only sound the droplets of water as they dripped off the paddle.  Ahead of us on the bank, a big bull gator lumbered into the water with a splash. Oh sh*t! Can I paddle …

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Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge

ha german nwr

Located about an hour north of the sprawling Far North Dallas area, you find the Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge. Located west of Sherman, its main attraction is the flocks of migrating birds drawn to these wetlands on the south shore of Lake Texoma. Timing is important for visiting Hagerman. Migrating …

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