Jefferson, Texas: Once the Largest Inland Port in the US

    6/27/16 •

    …When you think of steamboats, you probably don’t think of Texas, much less the tiny inland town of Jefferson. But in the mid-1800s, Jefferson was the largest inland port in the United States. For half a century, riverboats carried cargo and passengers into Jefferson from Baton Rouge, Louisiana via the Big Cypress Bayou…

    Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Texas: Full of Secrets Waiting To Be Uncovered

    6/14/16 •

    …It’s difficult to believe that Guadalupe Mountains National Park, surrounded by the harsh Chihuahuan Desert, once brimmed with marine life. But that’s just one of the secrets I learned in this obscure park tucked in the Texas Panhandle. Opened in 1972, the remote 86,415-acre park includes the southern end of the rugged Guadalupe…

    Red River Steakhouse in McLean, Texas: For the Meat and Potatoes Lover

    8/24/16 •

    …We made a great discovery this summer — the Red River Steakhouse in McLean, Texas. Texas is known for its steaks, and this eatery follows that tradition. Owners Gabe and Cozy Parson, who also run a local cattle ranch, serve up an 8-ounce aged rib eye steak, salad, potato or rice plus cobbler for…

    See Prehistoric Dinosaur Tracks at Dinosaur Valley State Park in Texas

    7/31/17 •

    …You can go wild when you make tracks for these central-Texas attractions. Glen rose, Texas is the only place I know where you can look at prehistoric dinosaur tracks, then drive a few miles to a wildlife park filled with rare and endangered animals. Located in the central part of the state, Glen…

    The Comfortable and Charming Historic Gage Hotel in Marathon, Texas

    11/23/16 •

    …After roughing it in Big Bend National Park in southwest Texas, I especially enjoyed the comfortable and charming Gage Hotel in tiny Marathon. In 1927, businessman Alfred Gage built the elegant adobe hotel. But he died the same year, and the hotel fell into disrepair. In the late 1970s, Houston couple J.P. and…

    Spinach Festival in Crystal City, Texas (1)

    4/30/16 •

    …Remember Popeye’s source of superhuman strength? So does Crystal City, Texas, which calls itself the “Spinach Capital of the World.” The town honors the feisty cartoon character with a statue outside City Hall, erected in 1937, and it also throws a rollicking Spinach Festival every November. The lineup includes a spectacular parade… the…

    The Oldest Dr Pepper Bottling Plant Is In Fredericksburg, Texas

    6/03/14 •

    …While heading home from a trip to Fredericksburg, Texas, my husband and I stopped in Dublin and quenched our thirst at the oldest Dr Pepper bottling plant in the United States. Entering through Old Doc’s Soda Shop, which serves fountain drinks, sandwiches and ice cream, I felt like we’d stepped back in time….

    Benini Foundation Gallery and Sculpture Ranch Near Johnson City, Texas

    7/04/17 •

    …During a recent trip through Texas Hill Country, my husband and I took a side trip to the Benini Foundation Galleries and Sculpture Ranch near Johnson City. We were delighted to find more than 30 contemporary sculptures scattered on a lovely 140-acre ranch owned by Benini, a well-known Italian painter. Driving along the…

    Stonehenge II: A Replica of England's Stonehedge in Texas

    12/08/17 •

    …Like many travelers, I came to a screeching halt when I first saw the half-size replica of England’s mysterious Stonehenge while driving through Texas Hill Country near Hunt. Known as Stonehenge II, the country curiosity stands on private land. But visitors are invited to park their cars in a free lot across the…

    Guide to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    1/02/17 •

    …read reviews online, Gatlinburg doesn’t get a particular good overall rating for the restaurant options. Which isn’t to say that the food is bad, but it’s just not all that different than any other touristy place. I learned from hotel staff that the Texas Roadhouse has the best BBQ in town despite it being a…

    Oil ETF: Will Increasing Consumption Lift These Funds?

    10/16/17 •

    …dealing in natural gas, United States Oil Fund (USO) — dealing in West Texas Intermediate Crude Oil, United States Gasoline Fund (UGA) — dealing in gasoline, Power Shares DB Oil Fund (DBO) — dealing in West Texas Intermediate Crude Oil and United States Heating Oil Fund (UHN) — dealing in heating oil. There are also…

    Aquarium Plant Database (222 Plants and Counting)

    3/21/17 •

    …helferi Moderate Medium Not Specific Rosette Cyperaceae Cyperus Height: 20-50cm (8-20in) Slow Asia Thailand Didiplis diandra Moderate Medium Not Specific Stem Lythraceae Didiplis Individual stem width: 2-4cm (1-1.5in) Fast North America United States Diodia virginiana Moderate Medium Not Specific Stem Rubiaceae Diodia Stem width 2.5 inches Moderate North America United States: Connecticut to Texas Diodia…

    Ask Me No Questions and I'll Tell You No Lies (4)

    3/28/17 •

    Texas A&M International University with a Management Information Systems major. I have tasked to ask some questions of a information systems developer. I found your website while looking for one and hope that you can help me out with this short questionnaire. If you cannot, could you please advise me of someone that can? Please…

    Is It Legal to Live In The Wilderness? (1,463)

    10/09/12 •

    …not answer in such a jaded society. Is there a place where this would legally be possible, thinking maybe east Texas. Charlie’s answer: I am from NC and lived in the wild many years ago back in the early 80’s. I made a crude shelter and only hunted small game and lots of fish. I…

    Cosmosphere and Space Museum in Kansas. Yes, Really!

    8/02/17 •

    …Max Ary, then the head of the Noble Planetarium in Ft. Worth, Texas and a noted expert on American space artifacts and space exploration history. Ironically, Max had worked at the Hutchinson Planetarium while in college, and at the time was serving on a Smithsonian committee trying to find a home for tens of thousands…

    Stroll Through Dwight D. Eisenhower's Hometown of Abilene in Kansas (1)

    10/11/12 •

    Texas longhorn cattle arrived here! There’s another attraction that’s part of the Center: the Museum of Independent Telephony (1-785-263-2681), which tells the story of C.L. Brown, an Abilene resident who founded the Brown Telephone Company in 1899. Talk about a success story–it’s now telecommunications giant Sprint Corporation! Kids and adults alike will enjoy the hand-carved…

    A Detailed Guide to Pet Iguanas (Iguanidae)

    6/11/13 •

    …if you install a direct water line and drainage system. Note: The following spiny lizards have no distinguishing English names. Spiny lizards Sceloporus poinsetti (Baird and Girard, 1852) Total length: 10 inches (26 cm). Head-torso length: 5 inches (12 cm). Distribution and Description: From southwestern North America (Texas and New Mexico) southward to central Mexico….

    Chinchilla Breeders (34)

    1/21/17 •

    …with you. Thanks! US-Based Chinchilla Breeders Arizona AZ Chins Delaware Angel’s Chins Florida Chinchilla Rampage Winmar Farms Illinois ABC Chinchillas Chocolate Chins Indiana NWI Chinchillas Louisiana Sunset Chinchillas New York Paul Kubasiewicz North Carolina Tiffany’s Chinchillas Pennsylvania Susan J. Lamb Texas Heavenly Stars ChinZ Lone Star Chinchilla Non-US-Based Chinchilla Breeders Ontario, Canada Burgess Chinchillas…

    Fire Ant Bites: First Aid When Bitten

    10/09/12 •

    …Imported red fire ants overrun the majority of Southern United States, from Texas and Oklahoma to Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas. Each year, they expand farther north. Nearly 40 percent of people in fire ant-infested areas get stung each year, according to the United States Department of Agriculture. Fire ants are extremely territorial insects…

    Everything is Bigger in New Brunswick

    9/27/16 •

    …Everything is bigger in Texas, it’s said. But on a recent 6-week camping trip in New Brunswick, we found the Lone Star State has nothing on this scenic Maritime Province. We first got the big idea when a gigantic stainless steel salmon welcomed us in Campbellton, located on Highway 134 along New Brunswick’s…