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Texas Highways Magazine

Texas Highways Magazine April 2018

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.
the natural effect

AMERICANS ARE SPENDING less and less time outdoors. According to recent studies, we spend an average of 93 percent of our lives indoors, and children today spend half as much time playing outside as their parents did. Intuitively, we know we need to spend more time in nature, and science backs this up with research revealing innumerable benefits to venturing out. Outdoor experiences decrease depression and anxiety, and improve sleep and academic performance, to name a few. Thankfully, the Texas landscape is vast and diverse—a beautiful territory primed for exploration. Our Outdoor Adventures issue highlights 15 opportunities to escape into nature. For the ambitious adventurer, Senior Editor Matt Joyce braves the Devils River (Page 52), a paddling expedition offering both risks and rewards. For the altruistic traveler, Contributing Editor Melissa Gaskill…

1 min.
@ texashighways.com

HIKE WITH TEXAS HIGHWAYS In celebration of our feature on The Nature Conservancy (Page 42) and Earth Day, Texas Highways is partnering with the organization for a special event at Barton Creek Habitat Preserve in Austin. The preserve, which is normally closed to the public, will open its doors April 21 for guided hikes and a picnic lunch. For more information and to RSVP, head to nature.org/BartonCreekHabitatPreserve. If you can’t join us, be sure to follow Texas Highways on Facebook and Instagram for live videos. WEEKEND EVENTS BLOG Every Monday, visit texashighways.com for a roundup of events. From festivals and fairs to shows and exhibits, it’s hard to be bored in the Lone Star State. SAN MARCOS MURALS Venture to our website for a story about San Marcos’ arts scene, which includes a variety of…

2 min.
merge   got something to say?

Steak Support For my 80th birthday I decided to cook a Murphy’s Tuscan Rib-Eye using the recipe contained in the article about Murphy’s Steakhouse in Winchester [February]. At one point, I phoned the restaurant for some advice. When I asked the receptionist my questions, she said, “Wait, I will get the cook.” Chris Criner came to the phone a few minutes later and answered all my questions. Before finishing the conversation, she invited me to call back and tell her how it came out. The steak recipe was exceptional, but all I could think about during the cooking and eating of the steak was the friendliness of Chris and the time she spent with me. She could have told the receptionist she was too busy getting ready for the day’s business,…

1 min.
prude ranch summer camp

My daughter spent many summers at Prude Ranch Summer Camp and loved it! Probably more than anything, she enjoyed working with the horses. She never was homesick, never called home, so I knew she was having a good time. LINDA MULLENS, Hedley The Prude Ranch Summer Camp in Fort Davis offers one-and two-week sessions throughout June and July for children ages 7 to 16. Set on a working ranch, the camp focuses on horsemanship, along with activities ranging from archery to swimming. Call 432-426-3201; prude-ranch.com.…

1 min.
vantage point

30º 28' 28.89" N 101º 47' 37.30" W An overlook at The Nature Conservancy’s Independence Creek Preserve in Terrell County reveals an awe-inspiring view of the spring-fed creek and surrounding terrain—a convergence of arid desert mesas, woodlands, and prairie grasses. The preserve opens to the public for several days during the year, including April 20-22, for camping, swimming, hiking, and fishing. From Interstate 10, take State Highway 349 south nearly 27 miles to the preserve entrance. For more information, visit nature.org.…

5 min.
bayou adventure

The Caddo called the lake Tso’to, which translates as “water thrown up into the drift along the shore by the wind.” TWO HOURS INTO MY CANOEING adventure on Caddo Lake, I saw an osprey swoop down into the water and emerge with a fish clutched in its beak. I was debating whether the raptor would stick around long enough for me to pull out my binoculars when an enterprising bald eagle suddenly appeared and struck the osprey in mid-air. The osprey tumbled but managed to keep the fish, and then flew higher. My group watched in wonder as the two magnificent birds circled one another over the lake’s cypress forest for several minutes. Located on the border of northeast Texas and Louisiana, Caddo Lake’s 26,000-acre network of bayous, sloughs, and wetland cypress…