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Texas Highways Magazine

Texas Highways Magazine June 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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1 min.
editor's note

WITH MORE THAN 350 MILES of coastline to explore—from Port Isabel and South Padre Island to Port Arthur and the Louisiana border— the Texas coast offers visitors many experiences unique to its shores. For starters, the coastal region rewards avid birders with more species of birds than any other area in the country, including many endangered species like the whooping crane. The Gulf’s warm, relatively calm waters make swimming and water sports enjoyable pursuits nearly year-round. And the Padre Island National Seashore boasts the longest stretch of undeveloped barrier island in the world, which Texas State Aquarium President Tom Schmid says “offers a wonderful opportunity to experience what the area was like 100 years ago.” Preserving and maintaining the coast and its wildlife for future generations is a driving force for…

3 min.

OUR FAVORITE SOCIAL MEDIA OF THE MONTH GOT SOMETHING TO SAY? I had lunch at Cupp’s Drive Inn (April) many times while at Baylor in the late ’60s. It’s a great oldfashioned, greasy burger with handmade fries. Tasty! ANN CORNWELL PRICE_ The Carrie Rodriguez interview (April) is a lovely article about a lovely person. KARL A. KRAMER, CINCINNATI, OHIO Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram Rocky the Rooster How did the photographer get Rocky the barn rooster to pose so beautifully? I want to know his magic. Lu Hollander, Brenham TH: “I whispered in his ear and told him how handsome he was. They like to hear that,” photographer Kenny Braun says of his rooster photo in the April feature about Washington County. “It was a pretty active barnyard with lots of hens and a couple of…

5 min.
biking with birds

TEXAS WILD + DETOUR + STAY + SOUVENIR NOT A HALF-HOUR INTO MY DAYLONG ADVENTURE, in the middle of a prairie of sea lavender and leatherleaf, I stopped my bike in wonder. A few dozen yards from the pavement, dozens of sandhill cranes comingled with a flock of ivory snow geese, completely ignoring my entrance into this unspoiled coastal scene. I had hoped for such moments when I decided to explore Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge by bicycle. Maybe the famous avian residents—and even its mammals—wouldn’t notice me like they would if I arrived in a noisy car? At the same time, I could pedal to some of the refuge’s more far-flung attractions— and there was a lot of ground to cover. At 97,000 acres, Laguna Atascosa is by far the largest preserved…

5 min.
carving in corpus

IF YOU’D LIKE TO MEET A FRIENDLY TEXAS SURFER, park a two-wheel drive vehicle along the shore of Packery Channel between North Padre and Mustang islands. You’ll probably get stuck, but that’ll give you the opportunity to meet an outgoing surfer like Smokey, a fedora-wearing Corpus Christi native who’ll tow you to firmer ground using his truck and a frayed rope. Don’t worry, he’s not in a hurry to hit the waves—the ocean here boasts about as many swells as a kiddie pool. But what Texas surfers lack in killer waves, they make up for in community and a reverence for their shared history, cataloged at Corpus Christi’s Texas Surf Museum. Opened in 2005 to showcase memorabilia collected by area surfers, the Texas Surf Museum feels like it was curated by someone…

6 min.
hico’s hospitality

ON TRIPS TO THE HAMILTON COUNTY TOWN OF Hico over the years, I’d wondered why the handsome 1896 Midland Hotel building had remained sorely neglected. An imposing corner building at the center of a charming vintage downtown, the two-story brick landmark had clearly been a showplace in its heyday. Happily, though, on recent getaway trips to Hico—an easy escape from my home in Fort Worth for a weekend of shopping, roadhouse dining, and stargazing—I watched with anticipation as the Midland began showing signs of renewal. Purchased by a local development group in 2014, the relic began to slowly transform. When the hotel reopened in January after two years of careful restoration and renovation, I made plans to stay overnight and delight in all the discoveries. Much of the credit goes to Roy…

5 min.
saddle up ... and say cheese!

DURING FORT WORTH’S RODEO SEASON IN JANUARY and February, I’m the most popular person in my family and circle of friends. That’s because my home is just two blocks from Will Rogers Memorial Center, home to the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo. Folks come from all over Texas and beyond to att end the world’s original indoor rodeo, and weekends bring visitors in droves to the fairgrounds and museums surrounding the rodeo arena—more than a million people each year. For my nearest and dearest, my driveway becomes a coveted free parking spot within easy walking distance of all that fun. It’s also the time I get to see my 12-year-old niece, Madison, shirk her soft ball-pitcher persona and dress up like a cowgirl in jeans and boots. So when I…