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Texas Highways Magazine

Texas Highways Magazine May 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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2 min.
editor’s note

MUCH HAS BEEN WRITTEN over the past few years about the declining rate at which Americans take vacations. Various studies show that more than half of American workers leave vacation days on the table—to the tune of 640 million unused vacation days in 2015. All of this seems fairly counterproductive when you consider the benefits of taking vacations, including stress reduction, heart-disease prevention, improved productivity, and be­er sleep. And more important than all of the science-based reasons for taking time o€ is the real reason we travel: to savor new experiences and make lifelong memories. To do our part to turn the tide of lost memory making, we’ve compiled a list of 27 summer adventures to help you plan a vacation you and your loved ones won’t soon forget. And for more inspiration,…

3 min.

CHRISTY SHOOK, ALVARADO GOT SOMETHING TO SAY? OUR FAVORITE SOCIAL MEDIA OF THE MONTH We visited the Texas State Cemetery [April] several years ago and really enjoyed it. Some may think it strange to tour a cemetery, but this one is really worth the visit. STEVE AND LISA THOMAS, NACOGDOCHES Every Texan needs to read your magazine. Always positive and great pictures! DAVID LONDON, TIOGA Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram Gardening Grace The special flowerbed at our church has one single white bluebonnet this year. My brother started the flowerbed several years ago, and we still keep it going. He passed away two years ago. It makes us think he is still caring for it. Kathy Vickers, Orange Grove Wildfire Woes The Panhandle wildfires of March and news that Hank the Cowdog author John Erickson’s ranch was among…

1 min.
scenic route

High Road 30º 39’ 28.61” N 140º 09’ 55.44” W SPECTACULAR VIEWS of ponderosa pines, a formation called Laura’s Rock, and Mount Livermore (the tallest peak in the Davis Mountains) abound at The Nature Conservancy’s Davis Mountains Preserve. To get there, take Texas 118 about 25 miles northwest from Fort Davis, turn south onto the preserve’s Madera Canyon Road, and follow it for about five miles. Open to the public only on specific days, the 33,000-acre preserve is part of a sky island in the Chihuahuan Desert created by the cooler and wetter landscape of the Davis Mountains. For more information on The Nature Conservancy preserve and a schedule of open days, visit www.nature.org.…

4 min.
natural galveston

TEXAS WILD+SOUVENIR+TEXTAS TICKET+STAY HEAD EAST DOWN SEAWALL BOULE-vard in Galveston, past the lights and activity of Historic Pleasure Pier, beyond the elegant Hotel Galvez and Stewart Beach Park’s broad expanse of sand doed with blue umbrellas and beach toys, through tangles of grasses and mangroves on either side and, just past a tranquil lagoon before the pavement dead ends at water, turn right onto Boddeker Drive. Welcome to East End Lagoon, where locals have come for decades to swim, .sh, birdwatch, and otherwise enjoy nature. “When I was a small child, before World War II, families had lile cabanas in front of the Seawall on that end of the island,” former Galveston Mayor Lyda Ann Thomas says. “There was a Beach Club and a dock for sailboats. Our families went there for picnics,…

5 min.
hat trick

A CUSTOMER WALKS INTO CATALENA HATTERS looking for a special hat to match the one his friend never takes off his head, presenting a photo from his cell phone as a challenge to the hatmaker. Looking at the customer’s cell phone photo, Scott Catalena makes a quick assessment. “That’s an Atwood Straw; that means he likes a short crown,” he says, getting all the necessary details to complete the order. Another customer reminisces about the dancing of his youth while his black felt hat gets a quick tuneup. “I still kick a little bit,” he boasts. “I like my Tejano music.” “I’ve got a lot of customers who are glad their hats can’t talk,” Catalena says. Scott smiles, gives the second customer’s hat a good brushing, then holds it over the steam bubbling out…

4 min.
pun, pun, pun

LEND US AN EAR AND WE’LL GIVE YOU MORE CORN!” That’s how the emcee greeted the jovial crowd at the very first O. Henry Pun-Off World Championships. And now, 40 years later, the annual Pun-Off is still going strong. Shucks, how could you not be a-maized by that? Wordsmiths from across the country flock to Austin every May to celebrate the wide world of puns, matching wits in a contest of humor and skill to use words and phrases in ways that suggest multiple meanings. The daylong contest (May 13, 2017) draws several hundred spectators, who gather on the lawn at Brush Square Park in downtown Austin. The Pun-Off consists of two contests: “Punniest of Show” and “Punslingers.” The former is a prepared monologue, song, or conversation lasting 90 seconds to two…