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Texas Highways Magazine

Texas Highways Magazine August 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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2 min.
endless summer possibilities

IN A STATE AS BIG AND DIVERSE as Texas, the options for travel and must-see destinations can seem endless, in a good way. Our features this month aptly reflect the myriad choices as our writers pursue disparate activities from fishing and paddle boarding at restorative lakeside retreats, to bronc riding and chuckwagon cooking at the original ranch rodeo, to running the field and touring hallowed halls at football stadiums across the state. And because these pages can’t contain all of the must-do activities in August, we invite you to visit our website, tetreats, to bronc riding and chuckwagon cooking at the original ranch rodeo, to running the field and touring hallowed halls at football stadiums across the state. And because these pages can’t contain all of the must-do activities in…

3 min.

GOT SOMETHING TO SAY? OUR FAVORITE SOCIAL MEDIA OF THE MONTH Sylvia Mae’s in Jacksonville [June] is the best food ever! I told Shirley, “I’m full, but no way am I stopping yet!" JUNE STOCKS FERGUSON, DALLAS TheTEXASplay at Palo Duro Canyon is well worth it. Even my techno-run teens enjoyed it. JULLEE GREEN, ALVIN Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram All Aboard! When I was 12 years old my mother would put me on a train at Union Station in downtown Dallas and send me to Hollis, Oklahoma, to visit her sister. This was the ’60s, and a girl always wore a dress on the train. There was no air conditioning, so we had to keep the windows open. The porter, who was dressed in a white coat with black bow tie, would come around with a bottled…

1 min.
peaceful paddle

32º 41' 32.63" N 94º 10' 45.37" W LAUNCH FROM Mill Pond for your next adventure in Caddo Lake State Park. The inlet provides paddlers access to Big Cypress Bayou and Caddo Lake and serves as a ramp for some of Texas Parks and Wildlife’s 10 marked paddling trails along the bayou and lake. Visitors can rent kayaks locally and canoes from the park or bring their own. From State Highway 43, take Farm-to- Market 2198 to Park Road 2 and follow the road to Mill Pond. For more information, visit tpwd.texas.gov/fishboat/boat/paddlingtrails/inland.…

6 min.
a creek runs through it

STAY + TEXAS FAMILY + TEXAS TICKET + TEXAS WILD WE WERE JUST A MINUTE OR TWO FROM PULLING into Chandler Ranch when a roadrunner popped out of the roadside scrub and ran alongside the car for a few seconds. I tapped the brakes, and the kids strained their necks from the backseat to watch as the spindly bird overtook us and darted across the dirt road before disappearing into a thicket of mesquite. It felt like a good omen. “Oh, you saw a roadrunner?” asked the Chandler Ranch cook, Richard Jasso, later that evening as he welcomed us with a dinner of hearty chicken enchiladas. “There are a lot of them out here. The Indians used to say it’s good luck when a roadrunner crosses your path.” I imagine people have felt…

6 min.
ranch-style dreams

EVEN THE QUALITY OF LIGHT LOOKS DIFFERENT here, I think, watching as my boys amble down from a rusty wagon, whooping and hollering among the horses, donkeys, and a lone pot-bellied pig at Rancho Cortez in Bandera. At sunset, the ranch is washed in golden light, sparkling on the green pastures and hay bales. Our ranch hand, Dakota Mayhall, has lit a campfire for us in a giant pit, and the task of s’mores-making is well under way. We have spent the day pretending to be cowboys, and soon it will be time to round up the kiddos and hunker down for the night. Rancho Cortez is a 250-acre guest ranch situated next to the 5,500-acre Hill Country State Natural Area. After spending time in Louisiana, East Texas, and California, Larry Cortez and…

5 min.
the mermaid movement

IT’S NOT EVERY COMMUNITY THAT CAN FONDLY RECALL the good ol’ days when mermaids would swim and play in the local waters, but San Marcos can. And lately, the city has been doing more than just remembering its quirky history with these aquatic maidens. There is, once again, a thriving mermaid culture throughout San Marcos because, after a bit of an absence, the mermaids have returned. In September, San Marcos celebrates both the fairy tale history of mermaids and their modern resurgence as symbols of the city with the Mermaid SPLASH festival. With a series of family activities, social events, and educational forums on a variety of San Marcos topics, this second annual fete is as much a party for the beautiful San Marcos River as it is an affirmation of…