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Texas Highways Magazine

Texas Highways Magazine July 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 call of the river

THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT a river that evokes feelings of nostalgia. Perhaps it’s the tie to something ancient—the current that ripples over our feet carries the same water that sustained native tribes and beckoned early settlers to its shore. Maybe it’s that rivers remind us of the carefree way we played outdoors as children, before responsibilities and schedules stole the freedom and sense of wonder that marked our summer days. Beloved author John Graves considered time spent on a Texas river as an opportunity to reconnect with nature and ourselves. His journey down the Brazos, documented in 1960’s Goodbye to a River, continues to inspire many adventures, including one chronicled in this issue. Our new Managing Editor Wes Ferguson, who has authored two books on Texas rivers, puts it this way: “Texas…

3 min.

We were on the Texas coast last week. Spent five days on the beach—various spots between Port Aransas and Mustang Island. The water was beautiful!CHAR WOODYARD, AUSTIN BBQ Crabs I just got my June issue and opened it to see a photo of the BBQ crabs and thought, “Well, now I’m going to have to call in sick tomorrow so I can drive to Nederland and eat at Sartin’s!” Hey, it’s only three and a half hours. I can do that in a day! Betty Cole, Jacksonville TH: Sartin’s recently moved to Port Arthur, where they still serve BBQ crabs worthy of a road trip. Aransas Pass Your coverage of Gulf Coast recovery efforts not once mentioned Aransas Pass. Our city was beat up as bad as Port Aransas and Rockport and has struggled to rebuild…

1 min.
old-time education

Come spend a day in 1898 at the West Bay Common School Children’s Museum in old League City. Older adults come and share their school-days history. High school students planning to become teachers come to see how education has changed. Younger students learn about school in 1898. The museum is the national headquarters for the Country School Association of America. LINDA MICHAEL, League City The West Bay Common School Children’s Museum, 210 N. Kansas St. in League City, is open Mon-Thu 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Fri 9 a.m.-1 p.m., and otherwise by appointment. Call 281-554-2994; oneroomschoolhouse.org.…

1 min.
sunset sail

30° 24’ 21.20” N 97° 52’ 27.58” W TEXAS HAS MORE than 180 major reservoirs that provide a break from the summer heat and memorable experiences like this solitary sunset sail on Lake Travis. An 18,000-acre impoundment on the Colorado River, Lake Travis winds more than 60 miles from Marble Falls to just northwest of Austin. Its shores are home to boat rental companies as well as Lower Colorado River Authority and Travis County parks that offer boat ramps, camping, beaches, picnic areas, and fishing. For more information, visit laketravis.com.…

5 min.
paddling the wild pecos

WHEN YOU LAUNCH a kayak on the lower Pecos River, you’ve made a five-day date with Mother Nature. For nearly a week, an unspooling ribbon of greenish-blue will carry you down frothy rapids, alongside towering escarpments, and into deep, fish-filled pools. You’ll tangle with tall reeds that line the banks, drag boats through a section of bony limestone channels called The Flutes, and camp on rocky riverbanks. And every day, those looming canyon walls will tighten their grip. When you finally take out—because, eventually, you must—you’ll miss the unpolished beauty and rough-and-tumble attitude of the river, which starts in the mountains of New Mexico and cuts across western Texas on the way to its confluence with the Rio Grande at Amistad Reservoir. A canoe camping trip on the Devils River last spring sparked the…

5 min.
around the bend

I left with a dusty pack of 1991-era Donruss baseball cards and two postcards of flathead catfish laid across the tailgate of a Ford pickup truck. BOB FULLERTON, KNOWN TO MOST AS “BAD BOB,” was hunting wasps the first time I visited the general store he owned in the rural village of Bend, just upriver from Colorado Bend State Park. Fullerton didn’t use bug spray or a tennis racket. Instead, he took a BB gun in hand as he stalked the winged insects colonizing the eaves of Bad Bob’s Bend Store. Past the front screen door and the cedar posts that hold up the building’s rusted metal roof, he pumped his gun and took aim in the vicinity of firewood being sold by the bundle. Pop! A wasp fell. Fullerton turned to the…