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Texas Highways Magazine

Texas Highways Magazine June 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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2 min.
coastal picks

Less than two years after Hurricane Harvey, the Gulf Coast is (nearly) fully recovered and ready to welcome summer beachgoers, boaters, and anglers back to its shores and bays. In honor of the coast’s comeback, our editors share their favorite coastal destinations and activities: Emily Stone, executive editor: A few months after our daughter was born, my husband and I took a quick trip to Kemah. We stayed in a cottage in town, rode the old-fashioned roller coaster on the Kemah Boardwalk, ate too much ice cream from a local shop, and generally enjoyed acting like kids for a couple days. Wes Ferguson, managing editor: Once, sometimes twice a winter, my wife and I find a secluded stretch of beach on Padre or Port A. When the sun sets behind the dunes, I…

1 min.
behind the scenes

For “Eye to Eye with the Texas Coast” (Page 38) writer Clayton Maxwell, her friend Amy, and photographer Kenny Braun rented a vintage Volkswagen bus and traveled all 367 miles of the coast in five days. Riding in a vehicle equipped with a cassette player gave an opportunity to break out old tapes. “Kenny pulled one from the 1990s he’d titled ‘Summer Nap,’ the contents of which he’d forgotten—it turned out to be music gold,” Clayton says. While Clayton and Amy drove, Kenny took photos from the backseat. “I was in my own world and was able to take photos out of the window and not worry about running off the road,” he says. And when it was too rainy to camp on the beach, they slept in the car…

1 min.
featured contributors

Amanda Eyre Ward The Austin-based author wrote about her husband’s family’s journey from Germany to the Hill Country in “Indianola, Onward” (Page 16). “I spent a year interviewing unaccompanied minor children arriving at the Texas/Mexico border for my novel The Same Sky, and it got me thinking about the courage it takes to leave your home to seek a better future,” she says. “Researching the Meckels’ journey left me feeling grateful and awestruck.” Ward’s new novel, The Jetsetters, will be published by Random House next spring. Joe Nick Patoski The author and journalist who’s chronicled iconic Texas subjects like Selena and the Dallas Cowboys throughout his career takes on the coast for the feature story “The Laguna Madre” (Page 64). Patoski first set eyes on the Mother Lagoon in 1962 and has been…

2 min.

FATHER’S DAY FAVORITES Sunrise fishing on Medina Lake while everyone else was still sleeping on cots under a starry Texas sky. Karan O’Neill, Wimberley Lots of adventures—horseback on the ranch, checking meters and wells, wind-milling, on the road to play music for dances all over! Kathryn Cottle Gose, Brackettville Fishing. I really thought we were something, leaning over the side of the boat to wash our hands in lake water before we ate our bologna sandwiches. We caught a string full of fish that day. I’ll never forget how happy I felt to be with my dad. To this day, I still believe he can do anything. Vickie Newkirk, Leary Due Respect I’m Texas born and bred. My parents are, too. They both attended UT in the late 1920s, and I graduated in 1965. I have four children,…

3 min.

At the historic Luther Hotel in Palacios, proprietor Jack Findley often mingles with guests on the front porch overlooking Matagorda Bay. Findley’s path to Palacios was circuitous. A former professional ballroom dancer, he met his wife, Claire Joy, on a dance floor in San Antonio. After she inherited the hotel from her parents, Charles and Elsie Luther, in the 1990s, the couple ran the business remotely until Claire Joy’s death in 2005. In 2010, Findley moved to Palacios to preserve the family legacy, and by extension, a Palacios tradition going back to the early 20th century. The Texas Rice Development Co. built the hotel in 1903 to lure rice farmers and ranchers. Today, Palacios boasts a rich history and a habitat teeming with fish and fowl. As concierge, Findley has…

15 min.
indianola, onward

My three children are sixth-generation Texans, and if you had told me, a roller-skating suburban New York girl, that I would ever type that sentence, I would have said you were insane. But here I am, married for 19 years to a man who says “pin” for “pen” and has three pairs of cowboy boots and a Stetson. The first time my husband-to-be visited my mom’s place in Rye, New York, he came downstairs in jeans and dress shoes, and she pulled me aside. “I told all my friends he was a Texan,” she whispered. “Doesn’t he have any boots?” Amused, my fiancé—Timothy “Tip” Meckel—went upstairs and changed his footwear. All evening, my mother’s friends pointed at his feet and giggled. Imagine Amanda marrying a Texan! And not just a Texan…