Texas is a large and diverse state that has something to offer everyone. From canyons and mountains to beaches, the state boasts a wide range of landscapes and cultures. We have traveled through Texas multiple times and are still uncovering the true essence of this remarkable state.
CADILLAC RANCH IS A SPRAY PAINTER’S PARADISE
If you’re looking for a roadside attraction that perfectly captures the quirky side of Texas, look no further than the Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, Texas. The iconic installation features classic Cadillacs that are buried nose-first in an open field. It’s a bizarre sight that has been attracting visitors for over 45 years. After seeing pictures […]
PALO DURO CANYON STATE PARK
Palo Duro Canyon State Park is a natural wonder that every outdoor adventure seeker should visit. Located in the Texas panhandle, the park is home to the second-largest canyon in the United States. The rocky gorge stretches over 120 miles in length and up to 20 miles in width. It is often referred to as […]
CAPROCK CANYON STATE PARK
On one of our journeys through the panhandle of Texas, we spent 3-days at Caprock State Park. The 15,000-acre park is a scenic canyon with a classically rugged west Texas landscape. We visited this area in late February. The temperatures were in the low 30-degrees at night and the 60s during the day. The desert-like […]
SOUTH PADRE BEACH
Our van Alice is nimble on pavement, but she can get bogged down quickly in less-than-ideal conditions. Before visiting the area, I wouldn’t have even considered driving her through sand for a South Padre beach camp out. After spending three days on the island and assessing the risks of getting stuck, we decided to go […]
THE PELICANS OF SOUTH PADRE ISLAND
On a morning that Gail had a two hour conference call, I had some time to kill. Instinctively, I grabbed my camera and went for a walk. A half block later, I found the Pelicans of Padre Island and all the entertainment I needed for a while. Walking along a pier on the bay side […]
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