Texas Ghost Towns

May 25th, 2014

Texas Ghost TownsDid you know that there are easily over 800 Texas Ghost Towns? Places that were once prosperous but have since fallen into isolated decay? Some may still have a few folks around but, in general, most are completely abandoned – and you can visit and tour many of them!

There’s something about an abandoned building that is as attractive as it is unnerving – this is doubly true of an entire town gone to seed. What happened? What attracted people to the area in the first place and then, why did they leave – and what did they leave behind? Texas ghost towns offer a fascinating view into history, wonderful photographic opportunities – and a potential case of the goosebumps!

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The American Undersea Warfare Center at Seawolf Park

May 12th, 2014

Seawolf Park in Galveston, TXHave you ever wondered what it might be like inside a WWII vintage submarine? Well, you can find out at the American Undersea Warfare Center at Seawolf Park!

The American Undersea Warfare Center at Seawolf Park contains both the WWII submarine USS Cavalla and the USS Stewart destroyer escort – and you can tour them both! Read the rest of this entry »

Odessa’s Globe Theatre – Shakespeare in Texas

April 28th, 2014

Odessa's Globe TheatreShakespeare in Texas? Sure, why not? At least, that was the thought of a Texas school girl in 1948 – and it was her vision that produced Odessa’s Globe Theatre.

The original Globe Theatre was built in London in 1599 by William Shakespeare’s playing company, the Lord Chamberlain’s Men but it was destroyed by fire in 1613. A second Globe Theatre was built on the same site the next year and remained active until closing in 1642. A modern reconstruction of the Globe in London, called “Shakespeare’s Globe”, was opened in 1997 not too far from the site of the original venue … but a Texas schoolgirl named Marjorie Morris beat London’s 1997 reconstruction to the draw by almost 50 years. Read the rest of this entry »

Texas’ Enchanted Rock State Natural Area

April 21st, 2014

Enchanted Rock State ParkJust about smack dab in the middle of Texas there is a gigantic dome of pink granite known as Enchanted Rock that has drawn and mystified visitors since the first human laid eyes upon it.

Enchanted Rock State Natural Area is hard to miss. Just 18 miles north of Fredericksburg its multiple granite domes rise from the surrounding vista to dominate the view. Enchanted Rock climbs a full 425 feet from its base at ground level and the entire dome covers 640 acres. Climbing Enchanted Rock is equivalent to climbing a 40-story building. Read the rest of this entry »

Stonehenge In Texas?

March 30th, 2014

The enduring mystery of Stonehenge: who built it and why? How? And what on earth is it doing in Texas?

There are two places you can visit Stonehenge in Texas: one in Ingram and the other in Odessa. Texas is such a large state they must’ve figured: why not? (actually, the two attractions were developed independently of each other)

Stonehenge in Texas - Ingram, TX

Al Shepperd and Doug Hill’s Stonehenge II in Ingram, TX

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A Real Blast From The Past – The Odessa Meteor Crater

March 20th, 2014

Odessa Meteor Crater

The second largest known meteor crater on US soil, the Odessa Meteor Crater is 550 feet wide and was once around 100 feet deep. Read the rest of this entry »

Palo Duro Canyon State Park in the Texas Panhandle

February 27th, 2014

Palo Duro Canyon State Park in the Texas Panhandle

Lighthouse Peak in Palo Duro Canyon

It’s the second largest canyon in the US with an average width of 2 miles and an average depth of 850 feet. People have lived here for upwards of 15,000 years. Georgia O’Keefe described it as “a burning, seething cauldron, filled with dramatic light and color.” It’s Palo Duro Canyon in the Texas Panhandle.

Named after the abundance of mesquite and juniper in the area, supposedly by early Spanish explorers (palo duro means “hard wood” in Spanish), Palo Duro is a 120 mile long system of canyons located near the city of Amarillo. Read the rest of this entry »

Avast and Welcome Aboard The Black Dragon!

February 13th, 2014

Welcome Aboard The Black Dragon CruisIf you’ve a kid or two who is a pirate enthusiast – or if you just so happen to be a kid at heart, yourself – you wont want to miss out on a Black Dragon Cruise!

The Black Dragon is a 75 foot long, nearly five story tall, replica of a 17th century galleon decked out (pun intended) as a pirate ship and available for tours from Osprey Cruises at South Padre Island and Port Isabel, Texas.

A modern, fully sea-worthy vessel with the latest in marine technologies below the waterline and behind the scenes, above water, the ship is a voyage back in time to an era when pirates, like Jean Lafitte, terrorized the waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

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Custom Handcrafted Texas Cowboy Boots

January 25th, 2014

Handcrafted Texas Cowboy BootsYou don’t have to be a cowboy to go to Texas, you don’t have to wear cowboy boots to be a cowboy, and your cowboy boots don’t have to be handmade – but if you decide you need some quality boots when you’re down here, you really oughta consider getting a pair of handcrafted, Texas cowboy boots.

We’re all so used to mass-produced products it’s hard to remember that everything used to be made by hand and a lot of it was much better quality. Sure, it’s not as efficient to do everything this way but something is lost when switching from handcrafted to machine made.

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Visit Valentine Texas – It’s The Timely Thing To Do

January 11th, 2014

You’d think we’d all be sick of holidays, what with Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s having just side-swiped us but, heaven help me if it isn’t just about time for Valentine’s Day and, as that is the case, I think it apropos we take a look at a small town in the western part of the state known as Valentine, Texas.

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