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Texas Highways Magazine

Texas Highways Magazine November 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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in this issue

1 min.
off the grid

AS WE ALL GEAR UP FOR THE start of the hectic holiday season, and with cool (OK, cooler) weather ahead, now is a great time to unwind before the mad dash of end-of-the-year engagements. We know from your feedback over the years that small towns and natural a_ractions top your list of favorite Texas travel topics. Our “Unplug” issue is chock-full of options for enjoying scenic gems and o­-the-beaten-path destinations. In Terlingua, we dig into the Big Bend region’s mining past. In Weatherford, we cycle the Lake Mineral Wells State Trailway. And in the Dallas area, we follow the twists and turns of Comanche marker trees. We camp out in East Texas, take .ight with the Ezekiel Airship in Pi_sburg, and pet donkeys at a rescue facility in San Angelo. What…

1 min.
follow us on instagram!

HARVEY UPDATES Our staff has compiled a digital resource guide on the reopenings of major attractions, restaurants, and hotels in the coastal cities affected by Hurricane Harvey. Visit texashighways.com/harvey-updates. ONLINE EVENTS CALENDAR Need to get out of the house this weekend? Check out our online events calendar—the most comprehensive listing of goings-on in Texas.texashighways.com/events. SIGN UP FOR OUR NEWSLETTER For even more Texas Highways news and events, sign up for our bimonthly e-newsletter at texashighways.com/resources/texas-highways-extra.…

3 min.

GOT SOMETHING TO SAY? OUR FAVORITE SOCIAL MEDIA OF THE MONTH I was born and raised in the small Texas town of Haskell. Would not change it for the world. Love my hometown. RITA MOORE NOLAN, TULSA, OKLAHOMA Monahans Sandhills is not far from where I grew up. I can’t tell you how many pairs of shoes I lost there as a kid. I miss West Texas. JAMES WHITE, MINNESOTA Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram Backyard Blessings I know many people here in Central Texas who travel abroad on vacation and have never been to most of the places in the State of Wonder story [September] even though they are practically in their own backyard. My suggestion to my Texas friends is to put these places on your bucket list. Mike Dunlap, Cli_ton Football and Friends As a Vietnam…

1 min.
fall in

33º 17' 45.43" N 95º 39' 10.82" W LAKESIDE STATE PARKS make great fall destinations as the temperatures remain warm enough to get out on the water yet cool enough to enjoy hiking, fishing, camping, and making s’mores by the campfire. Cooper Lake State Park has an added benefit of being one of the few places in Texas that sport fall foliage, offering the possibility of spo?ing trees displaying autumn’s vivid red, gold, and orange hues. This shoreline is located in the park’s South Sulphur Unit, which can be reached by Farm-to-Market Road 3505. For more information, visit texasstateparks.org.…

4 min.
saving the sidekicks

TEXAS FAMILY + TEXAS WILD + DETOUR + STAY “In England, donkeys are respectable. In America, only the sidekick rode a donkey.” MARK AND AMY MEYERS, THE FOUNDERS OF Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue near San Angelo, have made it their mission to change perceptions about donkeys one person at a time. “People have this misconception about donkeys, that they’re stupid, dumb, stubborn,” said Mark Meyers, dubbed “The Burro Man” by fellow animal conservationists. “We started this place to rescue donkeys, and there will always be a need for that. But, I also want to change people’s perceptions of these animals.” The Meyerses and their team have a passion for these o€- misunderstood animals, which they see as loyal, intelligent, and beautiful. “In a lot of cultures, donkeys are revered,” he said. “In England, donkeys are…

5 min.
chugging along

In the late 19th century, the railroad on this route carried passengers from Weatherford to the smaller resort town of Mineral Wells. A FLASH OF BRIGHT GREEN CATCHES MY EYE, AND I slam on the brakes, my bicycle kicking up gravel as I skid to a stop. A grass snake nearly 3 feet long slithers out of my path and into the underbrush, leaving a faint wavy line in its wake. My eyes return to the trail ahead, its crushed-limestone surface pale against the grapevine-covered thickets on either side. Sunlight filters through the canopy of leaves overhead, dappling the ground. My journey on the Lake Mineral Wells State Trailway has barely begun, and I am cruising with fresh legs until the snake reminds me to slow down and take notice of the…