The Texas Road Runners !!!!!                

Road Trip Adventures, Roadside Attractions, Crazy DIY Projects, Texas Fishing, Rock Hounding and more......

My Past Adventures

A Visit to the Fishing Tackle Unlimited - January, 2017

Sites include visits to : The Fishing Tackle Unlimited Store in Houston, TX.

Del Rio & Hill Country Fishing Vacation Road Trip - October, 4-9, 2016 

Sites include visits to : Buckee's in Luling, TX; that famous sign in Hondo, TX,; the Lake Amistad Visitor's Center; a great sunrise and then fished along the banks of Lake Amistad;  the new Stonehenge exhibit in Ingram, TX; fishing on the Guadalupe river;  fishing Boerne City Lake;  the R-n-R Campgrounds; fishing at Rebecca Creek; Lucky's Sports Bar & Grill, the Canyon Lake Gorge Tour; Visited more of Canyon Lake and visited Gruene, TX for the music, spirits and food; Granny D's for breakfast; and the World's Biggest Pecan.

My Big Bend Videos  - 2008 - 08/31

The sights or shows include :  I basically learned how to use the Microsoft Movie Maker software and decided to make a photo montage in video format of my adventures into the Texas Big Bend Region.  Hope you enjoy them.

The Summer Art and Craft Shows of Texas - 2007 - 05/12 - 08/05

The sights or shows include :  The Happy Garren Production Shows of Lake Jackson and Rosenberg; The Texas Art Festival in Kerrville; the Waxahachie Tour of Homes Art Festival; the Boerne Market Days; Blanco Market Days, Kerr County Market Days; Bellville Market Days; the Spring Ho Festival in Lampasas, TX; Back to Waxahachie for the Harvest Baptist Church Art Fair; the Salado Art Festival; the Georgetown Market Days; Back to Blanco.

Spring Break 2007 - Part III - 03/13 - 03/14

The sights include :  A Hike into Santa Elena Canyon; Hot Springs; Lastly, the Sights and Stops along Hwy 90 While Driving Home!!!  (Judge Roy Bean and the city of Langtry, the Sights of Del Rio, Fort Clark Springs; Sights in Hondo; Sights of Castroville Luling Oil Pumps and once again, Rimasaurus in San Felipe. (We Missed All That Rain !!!)

Spring Break 2007 - Part II - 03/11 - 03/12

The sights include : The Woodward Ranch; Terlingua Ranch; Terlingua Creek Paisanite, Petrified Wood and Agate; The Sights of Study Butte and the Terlingua Ghost Town, The Terlingua Mining Company (A good Place for Rocks and Minerals); The Hwy 170 Sites; A Hike in Closed Canyon; La Kiva; The Lost Mine Trail; A hike into Boquilas Canyon; and the Rio Grande Village.

Spring Break 2007 - Part I - 03/09 - 03/10

The sights include : Seriously, No Texas Court House Photos;  The San Saba Mission Ruins in Menard, The Texas Tempest Giant Cathedral near Eldorado (Or the Next U.S. Government versus. Waco Branch Davidians Want-to-Be's); The Alpine Antelope Rock Shop and Museum; The Prude Ranch; Indian Lodge; The Ruins at Fort Davis and it's Hiking Trail; The Solar Panel Farm, Not !!!; McDonald Observatory; Bule Agate Rock an Gift Shop; Luz de Estrella Winery in Marfa, Apache Trading Post; Once Again, the Marfa Lights.

Winter Vacation : 2007, Part II - 01/06 - 01/10

The sites include :  The Dinosaur Tracks of the Coffee Hollow Quarry; More Sights of Fredericksburg, TX; Luckenbach, TX; Back to the Alamo and the San Antonio River Walk; Giant Armadillos, Giant Cedar Chairs and the Giant Rimasaurus of San Felipe, TX.

Winter Vacation : 2007, Part I - 01/04 - 01/06

The sites include : More Texas Court House Photos;  The Wharton, TX Dinosaur and the Tee Pee Motel; The Branch Davidian Compound Near Waco; The Hippos of Hutto, TX; Ira Poole's Yard Art in Austin, TX; An update on Melvin's Walls; The Alamo Rock Shop; Javelina Harley-Davidson.

More Texas Bats of 2006 - 07/12 - 08/02

The sights include :   The Waugh Street Overpass Bats of Houston, TX; a Fossil Hunt off of Hwy 183 south of Lampasas; the Salado Bats of I-35 & Exit 286; the McNeil Street Overpass Bats of Round Rock, TX and the Latest Update on the Mexican Free-Tail Bats of Casa De Largo Apartments in Lake Jackson, TX.  And let's not forget some more wacky Texas Roadside Attractions and Courthouse photos.

Faces of Death in Houston, TX - 2006  - 03/14 & 07/22

The sights include :   No, not the Documentary of Death Movies from the Late 70's, But........ The UTMB Gross Anatomy Lab, (Ok, so it's really on Galveston Island); The Body World 3 Exhibit at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, the Holocaust Museum of Houston and the National Funeral Museum.

The Indian Rock Art of Paint Rock, TX - Summer, 2006

The sights include :  The Indian Rock Art of Paint Rock, TX.  Well, My Art History Term Paper on the Cliff Images and their Interpretation.

The Bracken Bat Cave 2006 - 07/15 - 07/16

The sights include :  The Bracken Bat Cave in Comal County, Rock and Petrified Wood Hunting North of Giddings, TX and My Biology Term Paper on the Mexican Free-Tail Bats of Texas.

The Wends of Texas - Spring, 2006

The sights include :  The Wendish Museum of Serbin, TX; Petrified Wood hunting at Lake Summerville, TX;  More Petrified Wood hunting near Lyons, TX, You guessed it, more Texas Courthouse Photos (Well, just one this time); and more Oil Well Pump Metal Art of of Luling, TX.

Texas Panhandle 2006 - Part II - 03/17 - 03/18

The sights include :  More Texas Courthouse Photos, the Tex Randall Statue; Once Again, the Cadillac Ranch; the Alibates Flint National Monument; the Lake Meredith Aquatic and Wildlife Museum; Rock Hunting and Wine tasting in Mason, TX; and Bandera Fossils.

Texas Panhandle 2006 - Part I - 03/14 - 03/16

The sights include :  You guessed it, more Texas Courthouse Photos; More Texas Roadside Attractions; the White Buffalo of Snyder; the Mt. Blanco Fossil Museum; the Rock and Fossil Hunt near Ralls; TX, the Cows of Plainview, TX; the Mule Museum in Muleshoe?, the Muleshoe National Wildlife Refuge, Post, TX, Dan Blocker/Hoss Cartwright Bust, the Lubbock Lake Landmark Archeological Site; the Silent Wings Museum in Lubbock; Quitaque Rocks and Fossils.

Gem Trails of the Brazos Republic 2006  - 01/04-01/05

The sights include :  No more Texas County Courthouse Photos. I promise, NOT!  Lake Somerville and it's Gems, Ledbetter Rocks, the rocks of Giddings, TX and the Wendish Museum, the Rolling Stones of  La Grange and it's Ghosts, Buescher State Park, Bastrop State Park, The Little Gallery & Rock Shop in Smithville,  Monument Hill/Kreische Brewery State Park, Madisonville Fossils, Messina Hoff Winery and Resort, Back to the Whiskey Bridge, Rockdale Fossils and No-Teeth BBQ.

Gem Trails of Texas : East Texas - 2005 Part II - 12/18 - 12/19

The sights include :  More Texas Courthouse Photos, the Crockett Area, Mission Tejas State Park, Caddoan Mounds State Historic Site,  the Rusk/Palestine State Railroad Park,   the Salt Palace in Grand Saline, the Texas State Freshwater Fisheries Center and the World's Largest Blue Catfish, the Oil Drilling Platform Rest Stop and Tomb of the Unknown Oilman near Henderson, the Giant Fruit of Pittsburg, the Giant Head of Bo Pilgrim of Pittsburg and the Ezekiel Airship!

Gem Trails of Texas : East Texas - 2005 Part I - 12/16 - 12/17

The sights include :  More Texas Courthouse Photos, the World's 2nd Biggest Fire Hydrant in Beaumont, The USS Orleck, Swampy, the Swamp Monster, the Alabama-Coushatta Indian Reservation, the Johnson Rock Shop, Rock Hunting for the Texas Petrified Palm Wood in : Trinity County, the Lake Livingston area, Toledo Bend Dam, Newton County and Lake Sam Rayburn!

Houston Curiosities - 2005 - 09/02/04 - Present

The sights include : The Beer Can House, Otto's BBQ, the National Funeral Museum, the Human Body Parts Museum, the Orange Show, The Outpost Tavern, Howard Hughes Grave Site, The Terms of Endearment House, Forbidden Gardens, the Sri Meenakshi Temple, the 1940 Hobby Airport Terminal Museum, Rocket Row, the Beltway 8 Toll Booth, Mattress Mack, Marvin Zindler and Forbidden Gardens.

Gem Trails of Texas : West Texas 2005, Part II - 08/22-08/25

The sights include :  Fort Davis, TX, the Hunt of Balmorhea Blue Agate, the Telescopes of McDonald Observatory, the Solar Panel Energy Farm, the Blue Mountain Winery, the Sights of Marfa, TX and the Hunt of Marfa Agate, the hunt for Plume Agate at the Woodward Ranch, Valentine, TX, Van Horn, TX and the Allamore Talc Mines, Sierra Blanca, TX, Kent Fossils, the Windmill Rest Stop, Fort Concho, the Rock Art of Paint Rock, TX, the Big Cross of Ballinger, TX, Fort Chadburne, Fort Phantom Hill and Priddy Fossils.

Gem Trails of Texas : West Texas 2005, Part I - 08/19-08/21

The sights include :  More Texas Courthouse Photos, Three rivers Petrified Wood, Tilden Petrified Wood, a quick stop in Los Angeles, TX, Fort Duncan, Paisanite in Del Rio, More the Sights in Del Rio, Wild Caving and the Stuart Bat Cave Emergence at Kickapoo Cavern's State Park, Marathon, TX and it's Agate Field, Rock Hunting at Hen Egg Mountain, the Sights of Study Butte, Terlingua and Rock Hunting in Terlingua Creek and the sights of Alpine, TX.

Texas Hill Country Bats, Caves, Gems & Big Trees - 2005 - 06/30 - 07/03

The sights include : More Texas County Courthouse Photos, More Roadside Attractions Including  More  Luling Oil Pump Art, The New Braunfels Snake Farm, Gem Trails of Mason County, Concan & Rio Frio, Leaky, TX, the Frio Bat Cave, Garner State Park, the Devil's Sinkhole and it's Bats, Utopia, Lost Maples State Park, the Frontier Times Museum in Bandera and back to Devine for Chocolate Agate/Flint.

Gem Trails of Texas : South Texas 2005, Part II - 05/10 - 05/12

The sights include : The Palmito Ranch Battlefield Site, Hidalgo's Giant Killer Bee, the Los Ebanos Hand Pulled Ferry, Rock Hunting in Sullivan City, Bob's Knob Campgrounds, the Falcon Reservoir, South and North Laredo, Freer, Tilden, Choke Canyon, Three Rivers, Campbellton, Falls City and Devine, TX, the Giant Rattle Snake of Freer, the Giant Peanut of Floresville, Giant Strawberries in Poteet, another Giant Peanut in Pearsall, Popeye the Sailor in Crystal City and the Metal Art Sculpture Oil Pumps in Luling .

Gem Trails of Texas : South Texas 2005, Part I - 05/08 - 05/09

The sights include : More County Courthouse Pictures, What's Left of Palacios, TX, Port Lavaca, Historic Indianola, the Big Tree at Goose Island State Park, The Fulton Mansion, Corpus Christi Beach, the Lexington Aircraft Carrier. the Selena Memorial Statue, Little Graceland, Giant Shells, Fish, Sharks and the World's Biggest Rod and Reel, the Port Isabel Lighthouse, South Padre Island, the Sabal Palm Audubon Center and Sanctuary, the Remains of Historic Fort Brown, the Sacred Tree with the Image of the Virgin Mary, and the Palo Alto Battlefield Site.

Galveston - 2005 - 04/05

The Sights include : Galveston Island State Park, More Roadside Attractions, Moody Gardens, The Lone Star Flight Museum, The Sights of the Seawall, The Point Bolivar Ferry, Wolf Pack Park, Historic Broadway Street and the Strand. 

Spring Break Road Trip 2005 Part II - 3/9 - 3/13

The sights include :  The International Space Hall of Fame and Ham, the Astro Chimp, White Sands Monument, White Sands Missile Range, the City of Rocks, the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Park,  Rock Hound State Park, the Giant Road Runner in Las Cruces, NM, Franklin Mountains State Park, Chamizal, Roadside Attractions in El Paso, the US Border Museum, and the Hueco Tanks State Historic Park.

Spring Break Road Trip 2005 Part I - 3/6 - 3/8

The sights include : Guadalupe Mountain National Park, Carlsbad Caverns, White's City, the Search for the Gargoyle Motel, UFO's in Roswell, Fort Sumner and Billy the Kid's Grave, NOT!, Lincoln, NM, Capitan, NM & Smokey the Bear, the Very Large Array near Socorro, NM, The Quemado Lighting Field, NOT, and the Three Rivers Petroglyphs

Spanish Missions of Texas and Santa Anna's Trail 2004 - 12/27 - 12/29

The sights include : The Fannin Battlegrounds, Goliad State Park and Mission Espiritu Santo, Presidio La Bahia,  the Fannin Memorial, General Zaragoza Memorial, Goliad, TX, The Alamo, the San Antonio River Walk, the Wooden Nickel Museum, the Toilet Seat Art Museum, Cousin Melvin's Stone Walls, Historic Castroville, TX, La Coste, TX and the Spanish Mission Trails of San Antonio.

Hello Brazosport 2004, Part II - 10/02 - 12/23

The sights include : The Abner Jackson Plantation Archeological Site,  Freeport, TX, Surfside Beach, The Gulf Coast Bird Observatory,  The Lake Jackson Festival of Lights, Dow Centennial Nature Park, Alvin Confederate Cemetery, Governor Hogg Plantation, the First Capital of Texas, The Gulf Prairie Cemetery, Peach Point Wildlife Management Area, Asiel the Swamp Mammoth, Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge, Quintana Beach and Bryan Beach State Recreational Area

A Gulf Coast White Christmas 2004 - 12/24 - 12/25

What can I say?  Its like a comet, it only happens once in a lifetime.  So I better document it or else no one will believe that it happened.   The page is a pictorial essay of what we saw and experienced on Christmas Eve, Christmas and the day after.  The picture include sights around Lake Jackson, Bryan and Quintana Beach and Freeport, TX.  The story just seems to fit right in with the Hello to Brazosport Stories.  Enjoy!

Hello Brazosport 2004, Part I - 7/13 - 9/25.

The sights include : Sea Center Texas, The Brazosport Museum and Arts Center, Brazosport College, The Great Mosquito Festival, The Brazos Canal, Wilderness Park, the Brazos Shopping Mall's dirty little secret,  Alvin Community College, The Nolan Ryan Center, Alligators of the First National Bank of Alvin, The Lake Jackson Historic Museum, Shy Pond, The Alamo House, NOT!!!, Bailey's Prairie

Summer Road Trips 2004  - 09/20

The sights include : Washington on the Brazos, Anderson and Plantersville, TX, , another Gem Trails of Texas, NOT!! (Whiskey Bridge east of Bryan), Independence, TX, The Blue Bell Ice Cream Creamery the Congress Bridge Bats of Austin and more Texas Roadside Attractions.

Good-Bye Waxahachie & Treasures In My Back Yard  2004 - 07/20

The sights include : The Ellis County Court House, the Munster's House, the Fine Wood Carving Galleria, the Texas Motorplex, Scarborough Faire, Screams, the Catfish Plantation,  Getzendaner Memorial Park and a Hunt for Indian Artifacts and Fossils in My Own Back Yard.

The Spring Road Trips of  2004 - 05/01 - 05/09

The sights include : The Texas Ranger Museum, Buzzard Billy's in Waco, The Texas Prison Museum, The Stanzel Model Airplane Museum, more Court House Pic.'s, The Shiner Brewery, The Cave With No Name, Fort Martin Scott, the City of Llano and Wonder Cave!

The Georgia Road Trip of 2004 - 04/01 - 04/04

The sights include : The Cyclorama, FDR State Park, FDR's Little White House, Kaddie the Cow, the Little Grand Canyon, a visit to Plains, GA to see Jimmy Carter World, the Rocket Ship of Cordele, Ruby Falls at Lookout Mountain, Point park, the Incline Railway, Rock City Gardens, Stone Mountain, Little Five points, the CNN Studios, the Coke-a-Cola Museum, the Underground, the Varsity, the Big Fish and the Big Chicken!

The Grottos of the Texas Hill Country 2004 - 02/22 & 03/07

The grottos include : The Falls at San Gabriel Trail, The Westcave Preserve and the Hamilton Pool Preserve.

The Cullen Gem and Mineral Exhibit 2004 - 01/14

Also : A trip to Fort Parker State Park and The Confederate Reunion Grounds

Texas Bats and Alligators 2003 - 12/31

Includes : A cool bat story and the alligators at Brazos Bend State Park!

Thanksgiving Road Trip 2003 - 11/22

The Sights Include : Carl's Corner, Inner Space Caverns, World's Biggest Boots, Natural Bridge Caverns, Guadalupe River State Park, the San Jacinto Battlegrounds, the Battle Ship Texas and More Crazy Roadside Attractions! 

Gem Trails Of Arkansas 2003 - 10/31-11/02

Rock Hounding for : Quartz Crystals and a visit to Hot Springs.

Texas Hill Country 2003 Part II - 10/3-10/4

Including : Gorman Cave, Burnett, TX and a Gem Trails of Texas NOT!

Texas Hill Country 2003 Part I - 08/29 - 09/01

 Featuring : The Lake Highlands area, Mason County, Fredericksburg and the San Antonio areas.

South Central Oklahoma 2003 - 07/11

Lessons in Geology.  The sites include : Lake Murray, Turner Falls, 10 Acre Rock, Chickasaw national Recreation  Area  and more Roadside Attractions.

Texas Panhandle 2003 - 06/06 - 06/09 With the Chad and Buddy Bill.

  Sites visited were : Cap Rock Canyon State Park, Palo Duro State Park, more Gem Trails of Texas, the cities of Quitaque, Turkey, Lubbock and Amarillo, the Plains Museum,  Lake McKenzie, the American Wind Power Museum, the Texas Steak Ranch, Fort Griffin State Historical park, Possum Kingdom State Park, Mineral Wells State Park and more of those wild Roadside Attractions.

Scarborough Fair 2003 - 05/18/2002

Going back into time with kings, queens, knights and of coarse the food!

Gem Trails of Texas : North Texas - 2003 - 05/18,05,25,06/01

The Site Include : The hunt for Alvord Iron Pyrite Crystals, Bridgeport Fossils, Rocks and Fossils of the North Sulfur River and a Quick Hike at the Cooper Lake State Park,  Fossil Hunting in the North Cisco area and a quick trip to Cisco Lake.

Rock Climbing 101 & Lake Mineral Wells State Park 2003 - 05/09

Including : Fort Richardson.

West Texas Road Trip 2003 - 04/12-04/18  Wow, I'm Still Alive.

  The sites include : Abilene State Park, Ft. McKavett, Sonora Caverns, Del Rio, Lake Amistad, Seminole Canyon State Historic Park, Alamo Village, Judge Roy Bean, The Big Bend Area, the Marfa Lights, Ft. Lancaster, Monahans Sandhills State Park,  the Odessa Meteor Crater, the Confederate Air Force, and Big Springs State Park.

Cleburne State Park 2003 - 03/30

And back to the Wood Shop

Dinosaur Valley State Park 2003 - 03/23

Including :  Glen Rose and a trip to the Wood Shop

Meridian State Park 2003 - 03/16

Time to start the hiking

Canton& the North Texas Irish Festival 2003 - 03/08-03/09

The biggest garage sale in Texas and green beer?

Tucson 2003 - 02/13-02/16

The biggest Rock and Mineral Show on Earth and Adventures in Flying Post 911    If you missed the link, click here for the Mineral and Fossil Co-Op!

Texas Panhandle 2002 - 08/29-09/02

Sites Include : visits to the American Wind Power Museum, Canyon, TX, Palo Duro State Park, Lake Meredith National Recreation Area for Alibates Flint and Alabaster, the Roadside Attractions of Amarillo, Turkey, TX and Cap Rock State Park.

Mason County 2002 - 05/24-05/27

Sites include visits to : The City of Mason, TX, the Mason County Bats, the Hunt for Texas Topaz, Stonehenge II and Easter island in Ingram, TX and the Arts and Festival Show in Kerrville.

Big Bend 2002 - 04/13-04/21

Sites include visits to : Big Bend National Park, Big Bend Ranch, a bit of Terlingua, Lajitas, Alpine, Fort Davis, the Marfa Lights and the McDonald Observatory.

Crawford, TX 2002 - 01/12

The Sights Include : Lunch at the Coffee Station and dinner at Buzzard Billy's!

Texas Hill Country 2001 - 11/16-11/18

The Sights Include : Visits to Longhorn Caverns, Inks Lake State Park, The Admiral Nimitz and South Pacific Museum, Enchanted Rock and adventures in  Kerrville.


          So, until next time, take care and I'll  See you... on the road, or in the workshop (which is really just my garage) !!!!


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