Travel & Outdoor
Texas Highways Magazine

Texas Highways Magazine September 2018

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

Small-Town Centerpiece ONE OF THE PERKS OF spending time in a small town is the promise of carefree, leisurely travel. Reservations aren’t required to enjoy a good meal, and you don’t have to navigate complex parking or contend with rush-hour traffic. I was reminded of this on a recent trip to Lockhart, where my family and I parked in front of the Caldwell County Courthouse and spent the afternoon exploring the town square of the Barbecue Capital of Texas. Naturally, we started at Smitty’s Market (we’d been to Black’s and Kreuz on previous trips) where a no-frills approach to Texas’ favorite meal matched the day’s theme of simplicity—hand-tied sausage and tender brisket, no plates or forks necessary. We continued around the square with a stop at Chaparral Coffee, one of a handful…

3 min.

We take several road trips a year from Illinois to Texas to see my daughter at Texas A&M. Once in Texas, the 15-hour trip gets more enjoyable—the scenery is beautiful, and Texans treat you like a best friend, always polite and friendly. We enjoy it so much we plan on moving there affer retirement. BUD SOBODAS, HERSCHER, ILLINOIS Maverick Legacy “The Maverick Way” [August] mentions the term maverick and relates it to politics and John McCain. That could also be applied to the Maverick family and Maury Maverick Jr., a San Antonio attorney who represented draft resisters during the Vietnam War in the late ’60s. Steve Salinger, Ingram I was born in 1932 in Maverick in Runnels County. The town dried up and blew away after we moved to Weslaco in 1939. You should add…

1 min.
scenic route

Brenham Pastoral 30° 11’ 55.94” N 96° 21’ 45.45” W DURING A STOP to photograph cows along State Highway 105 northwest of Brenham, photographer Tom McCarthy found inspiration in the huge shadows created by afternoon clouds. He zoomed in his telephoto lens to 200 mm to compress the scene, flattening the distance between the house and cows. Combined with the muted, cloudy sky and splashes of sunlight, the technique captured this paintinglike pastoral landscape. For Brenham travel tips, see our story on page 77.…

6 min.
music & mystique

ARRIVING IN Marfa, the high-desert ranching town with a lofty reputation as a mecca for modern art, first-time visitors sometimes find themselves wandering empty streets and wondering, “What’d I miss?” Those who come to love this creative outpost understand that it takes patience to get a feel for the town’s enigmatic allure. For three days each fall, however, the stylish countercultural side of Marfa is on full display at the Trans-Pecos Festival of Music + Love. Hosted by El Cosmico, a campground lodging a few blocks from the town center, the Trans-Pecos Festival mixes three nights of live music with an intriguing lineup of daytime workshops and activities, such as crafting herbal tinctures and a sandlot baseball game. Amid the organized events, flashes of curiosity frame the experience: a French poodle…

6 min.
the heart of marfa

“HE LIKES TO SIT AND drink and think.” That’s what one of Donald Judd’s interns told me about the New York artist, pioneer, and patron saint of Marfa’s contemporary art scene. We were standing by the bonfire, bagpipe song rolling over the Chihuahuan Desert. It was late winter in ’93, the year before Judd passed away, and I was a guest at one of the bonfires Judd regularly hosted at his Marfa art compound, The Chinati Foundation. He’d flown bagpipers in from Scotland; the burly, jolly Scotsmen in full kilt made a surreal contrast against the wide skies and pale grasses of this West Texas landscape. Even more surreal for me is the memory of Judd telling me why he likes bagpipes: They are, he said, the music that least…

6 min.
the game is on

SOMETIMES IT’S ALL IN THE PACKAGING: TELLING my 8- and 10-year-old children we’re going to spend an entire day looking at art isn’t likely to make their hearts leap—that would require a water slide or afternoon at their favorite arcade. But we’re lucky enough to be surrounded by dazzling, funky, and truly significant works of public art in Austin, available to anyone who takes the time to view them. Because these pieces reflect the diverse and quirky culture of our city, I was determined to create a window to take them in as a family. But I needed to get crafty. I decided to turn our trek into an art-inspired “scavenger hunt,” complete with questions, special notebooks and pens, and—here’s the key detail—a prize for full participation. Suddenly, my kids were…