Rock Art Tells Ancient Stories in Hueco Tanks near El Paso, Texas
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Rock Art Tells Ancient Stories in Hueco Tanks near El Paso, Texas

Religious masks, geometric designs, animals, and people wearing intricate headdresses are painted are the rocks.  You have to slide under rock overhangs, climb up to shelters and squeeze between boulders to see them.  Hueco Tanks State Park and Historic Site is unique in how its rock paintings tell the stories of ancient people.  The pictographs … Continue reading

Hiking McKittrick Canyon in Guadalupe Mountains National Park
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Hiking McKittrick Canyon in Guadalupe Mountains National Park

McKittrick Canyon has been called “the most beautiful spot in Texas.”  With good reason.  It’s where Guadalupe Mountains National Park started.  Hiking in the national park was one of the main reasons I made a trip to El Paso.  I spent three days in El Paso exploring its missions, food, ancient pictographs in Hueco Tanks … Continue reading

Experiencing El Paso:  3 Days in Sun City
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Experiencing El Paso: 3 Days in Sun City

I had visited El Paso in the late 1990s on a cross country road trip with my parents.  My father wanted to step foot in Mexico and El Paso gave us the perfect opportunity to walk over to Juarez.  Returning to the city had been on my travel list for a while, especially because I … Continue reading

Hiking to the Lighthouse in Palo Duro Canyon State Park
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Hiking to the Lighthouse in Palo Duro Canyon State Park

A lighthouse is the iconic symbol of Palo Duro Canyon State Park, just outside of Amarillo, Texas.  It’s not a lighthouse like you would see along a coastline.  It’s a sandstone rock formation.  To see it, you have to hike to in the Grand Canyon of Texas.  Palo Duro is the second largest canyon in … Continue reading

West Texas Road Trip:  One Night in Marfa
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West Texas Road Trip: One Night in Marfa

One night in Marfa wasn’t enough. Marfa is everything you’ve heard – weird, quirky, artsy, rugged, remote, and wonderful. It’s a unique blend of sprawling ranches and ultra nuevo art galleries. It’s a town of 1,800 folks in a desert landscape where everything is weathered and that just adds to the charm. It’s where life … Continue reading

Girls Weekend in Big Bend: What to do in Terlingua, Texas
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Girls Weekend in Big Bend: What to do in Terlingua, Texas

The first time I escaped to the West Texas desert I was hooked. My friend Carroll introduced me to the magical corner of the country on a multi-day road trip I dubbed 2 Chicks, 5 Days, 1001 miles. Since then I’ve been back a couple of times, including this weekend getaway with Carol and another … Continue reading

Fall Weekend in Port Aransas, Texas
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Fall Weekend in Port Aransas, Texas

Fall is the secret season along the Texas Riviera, aka Texas Coast. It’sbeen 2.5 years since I’ve been to Port Aransas, a laidback small beach townthat was nearly wiped off the map when Category 4 Hurricane Harvey pummeled it in late August 2017. My friend Kerry rebuilt her small beach cottage and I had been … Continue reading

Watching 10-12 Million Bats Take Flight in Texas
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Watching 10-12 Million Bats Take Flight in Texas

I got into Concan in the Texas Hill Country late on Thursday afternoon for the first Women Who Wander Outdoor Retreat over the weekend. I was leading hikes and speaking so I arrived the night before most everyone else. As I was chatting with the organizers, I mentioned I might go see the bats….10 to … Continue reading