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Texas Highways Magazine

Texas Highways Magazine January 2019

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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in this issue

1 min.
benjamin soap co.

AT HER STUDIO IN HUTTO, Jae Benjamin crafts small batches of coldprocess soaps and hand-poured soy candles using all-natural ingredients. Her artisan bath, body, and home products often contain locally sourced organic herbs, raw honey, and plant-based essential oils. Some feature inventive additions like local coffee beans and stout beer. When she first started soapand candle-making, she didn’t mean for her concoctions to end up in stores. “I began to create bath and body products for my own family using the best ingredients possible,” she says. Shop more Benjamin Soap Co. products at shop.texashighways.com Order Online SHOP.TEXASHIGHWAYS.COM…

2 min.
travel resolutions

Anyone who’s ever made New Year’s resolutions knows they’re discouragingly hard to keep. Most studies reveal only 8 percent of people who make them stick with them. Maybe part of the issue is that we tend to focus on tackling problems rather than having more fun. So this year, our staff is making Texas travel resolutions instead. I’m resolving to finally buy that Texas State Parks Pass so my kids can buck the trend of their generation, which spends more time indoors than any before, and glory in Texas’ wideopen spaces. Wes Ferguson, Managing Editor: For years I've wanted to drive my old Jeep Wrangler on the dirt roads of Big Bend National Park. I will need to do a whole lot of tinkering to get it running in time for a…

1 min.
behind the scenes

While researching “As Big as Texas” (Page 26)—Texas’ various claims to the world’s largest—writer John Lumpkin heard some interesting stories. One of them comes courtesy of Austin sculptor Bob “Daddy-O” Wade, whose 35-foottall cowboy boots at North Star Mall in San Antonio have the distinction of being the World’s Largest Cowboy Boots, according to Guinness World Records. When Lumpkin interviewed Wade for the article, Wade recounted the memory of someone calling to tell him, “Sorry, Mr. Wade. Your boots are on fire.” “That’s not possible,” he retorted. It turns out someone had punched a hole in the heel of one of the boots and made it his temporary home. Smoke billowed out when the occupant lit a can of Sterno cooking fuel. “He was summarily evicted,” Lumpkin notes. Featured Contributors Jesse Sublett The…

2 min.

Your redesign confirms Texas Highways continues to grow bigger and better with each issue. I plan to pack up and move back to Texas the next time our resident volcano erupts.Milt Sylwester, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii Highways Heritage TH: The November death of Frank Lively, the founding editor of Texas Highways [see Page 73], prompted an oupouring of memories, including this one from a longtime contributing writer: I remember my first visit to Frank’s office in about 1990. I was there by invitation to discuss some possible assignments. As I was waiting to see him, I could hear a typewriter pounding, periodically interrupted by curses and the sound of paper being ripped out of the machine, wadded up, and hurled at a wastebasket. I was not hopeful, but the meeting launched a long relationship with…

3 min.

During karaoke night at D’Vine Wine on the Granbury Square, Faye Landham works the crowd. Amid off-key singing and wine-fueled laughter, Landham, a regular at this lively gathering, greets friends and strangers alike with the latest town news and happenings. It quickly becomes clear why Landham is known around Granbury as an “unofficial ambassador.” Within the cozy confines of this North Texas town, Landham immerses herself in volunteering: She works with the Opera Guild of Granbury, the Ada Carey Family Violence Shelter, the Granbury Chamber of Commerce, and the list goes on. Founded in 1866, Granbury developed as a center for agriculture, and the arrival of the Fort Worth and Rio Grande Railroad in 1887 fueled a building boom that created a legacy of historic downtown buildings. Today these limestone brick…

13 min.
big whoop

The first time I encountered whooping cranes, my wife and I were stationed on an observation tower on the dry section of Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, the winter home of the last naturally migrating flock of whooping cranes in existence. A family of three plus another pair of adults grazed in the bay waters offshore, too far to see with the naked eye. A spotting scope borrowed from a kind stranger nearby made all the difference. We could now see the red skull cap and black mask over the eyes, the dagger-like beak, and with the exception of the black wing-tips, the body completely covered in snow-white feathers. I wasn’t going to complain about the longdistance view. Most birders would have bought a ticket for a four-hour guided boat tour, but…