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Texas Highways Magazine April 2017

Texas Highways, the official travel magazine of Texas, encourages recreational travel within Texas and tells the Texas story to readers around the world. Renowned for its photography, statewide events coverage, top weekend excursions, off-the-beaten path discoveries, and scenic destinations, Texas Highways helps readers discover the treasures of the Lone Star State.

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1 min.
wildflower wranglers

THE TRUE STARS OF OUR annual Wildflower Issue are the talented photographers who scour the roadways and countryside to spot the first bright patches of spring’s blooms and then pursue them through peak season across hilltops and valleys, and along highways and byways. We’re dedicating this issue to one of our most proliflc wildflower photographers, Joe Lowery, who passed away last summer. Joe’s stunning shots have graced multiple Texas Highways covers over the years. His images frequently featured brilliant sunrises and sunsets, the sky’s so? pinks, bright yellows, and burnt oranges reflecting the kaleidoscope of wildflowers do ing the landscape below. To capture these magic moments, Joe o? en returned to the same spot multiple days in a row hoping for a sunrise just a bit more magniflcent than the day…

4 min.

GOT SOMETHING TO SAY? OUR FAVORITE SOCIAL MEDIA OF THE MONTH I wouldn’t have survived this pregnancy without Oxbow Pies [in Palestine]! DENA LEE SWANSON, NECHES The Rio Grande Valley—lots of palm trees and warm weather, and lots to see and do. Love it! HILDA MCGUIRE, BURKBURNETT Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram Cowboy Up I really enjoyed the article on Ty Murray [March], having watched him compete and win in our Little Britches Rodeos in Gunnison, Colorado, in the ’80s. I don’t recall how many times he competed there, but he always took home a trophy saddle or two. I also watched him compete several years later in a PRCA rodeo in Albuquerque. Along with a love of rodeo, Ty and I share both a love of motorcycle touring and our Irish heritage! Russ Locke, Bandera Kolache Talk I…

1 min.
scenic route

Star Park 29º13'34.54" N 103º18'09.73" W EXPANSIVE VIEWS OF Big Bend National Park and northern Mexico reward South Rim Trail hikers. This strenuous trek of more than 12 miles (round trip) begins at the Basin Trailhead and ascends about 2,000 feet, using the Pinnacles (steeper) or Laguna Meadows trails (more gradual). To enjoy the night sky, backpackers should plan to camp overnight; a permit is required. The cooler months of November to April provide the best weather for the hike. Part of the trail is closed during peregrine falcon nesting season (February to May). For more information about the hike and camping, visit www.nps.gov/bibe.…

5 min.

Stee-rike! Arlington’s International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame THE INTERNATIONAL BOWLING Museum and Hall of Fame in Arlington captures the enduring appeal of the sport so well that it could compel famous TV bowler Al Bundy to say “stee-rike!” Outside this 130,000 square-foot facility, a 20- foot metal bowling pin beckons passersby in for a closer look at a sport played by 95 million people in 90 countries. The venue, not far from the city’s highpro .le AT&T Stadium and Globe Life Park, serves myriad functions: It honors the accomplishments of the world’s greatest bowlers, preserves artifacts relating to the sport, serves as a training facility for tomorrow’s champs, and o.ers a wealth of materials for researchers, for starters. But its mission for casual visitors and bowling fans is simple: to paint…

6 min.
trabajo rústico

DIONICIO RODRIGUEZ’S CEMENT SCULPTURES look so much like tree trunks and branches, they even fool wily woodpeckers. Woodpeckers have been spo_ed pecking the concrete “bark” hoping to _nd a tasty insect lurking within the rails of Rodriguez’s footbridge in Brackenridge Park or his bus-stop palapa at the corner of Broadway and Pa_erson. Created in San Antonio from the 1920s to the 1950s and called faux bois (false wood) and trabajo rústico (rough work), Rodriguez’s utilitarian cement pieces, cra.ed to appear as though made of wood or stone, can be seen at the San Antonio Museum of Art, the Spanish Governor’s Palace, the Japanese Tea Garden, and other Alamo City sites. Comfort, Castroville, Port Arthur, and Houston also preserve Rodriguez’s work, and his work in seven other states includes an Old Mill…

5 min.
beyond the border

WHILE DRINKING COFFEE IN MY ROOM IN El Paso’s hip new Hotel El Indigo, I can feel the pull of Mexico. From my window, I witness how the orderly concrete grid of El Paso’s downtown gives way across the border to a warren of pastel, one-story houses framed in mountains still purple from the sunrise. I watch cars scu_le back and forth toward the international bridge, heading for El Norte or south into Juárez. This is la frontera, a metropolis of almost 3 million people on both sides of the Mexico-United States border, and the buzz is infectious. I have a shiny new book in my lap, a recuerdo from yesterday’s visit to the El Paso Museum of Art—the catalog companion to Gaspar Enríquez’s 2014 exhibit Metaphors of El Barrio. I…