Where should “The Daytripper” head for its SEASON 6 Finale Episode? It can be any Texas town (big or small). Contest closes Feb 6, 2015 at noon! Vote Below!
We’ve got an exciting new GRAPEVINE episode to premiere and Want YOU to be a part of the FUN!!! So join me and The Daytripper crew on the night before Halloween and get a sneak peak of our “Christmas Capital of Texas” episode. We’ll have prizes for costumes, trivia, free BBQ for bringing in a canned good, and lots of DAYTRIPPER fun!!!
Date: October 30, 2014
Location: Rudy’s “Country Store” and Bar-B-Q, 9828 Dallas Parkway, Frisco, TX MAP HERE
Time: 6:30-8pm (the episode screening will start at 7:30pm)
Cans For Q: Like all our Rudy’s events, we will be collecting cans for our local food bank. Bring in any canned item (or nonperishable food) and we’ll give you a free 1/4lb of brisket. Now that’s a deal. (one per customer)
Costume Contest: You KNOW, The Daytripper likes costumes. So don’t save your Halloween costumes for just one night. Break them out early and come in your Halloween best. We’ll have prizes for 1. Best Little Tripper Costume (0-5 years). 2. Scariest Costume. 3. Most Creative Costume. and 4. Best Overall. Of course you don’t have to dress up, but where’s the fun in that!
See you there!
This is going to be awesome. I always love premiering an episode in the featured city and THIS Thursday, October 9th, we will do just that as we premiere our Marble Falls episode at the historic Uptown Theater in downtown Marble Falls. There will be free food, cash bar, and lots of mingling with the crew, along with a pop-up version of The Daytripper General Store.
This event is FREE and open to the public, however seating is limited. So all we ask is that you RSVP with R-Bar and Grill by calling them at 830-693-2622.
Also, we will be accepting donations that night for the Burnet County Santa’s Helpers, so please bring an unwrapped toy and help make someone’s Christmas extra special this year.
I cant wait to see you there. Vaya con Dios!
We’ve been working really hard on bringing you the best episodes in Texas, and Season 6 is going to be awesome. It all kicks off this week on PBS. The Texas stations and times are listed below. See you on the road.
BasinPBS (Midland) - 7:00pm
KNCT (Killeen) - 7:30pm
KLRU (Austin) - 8:30pm
PanhandlePBS (Amarillo) - 8:30pm
KCOS (El Paso) - Saturday 9:00am
KLRU (Austin) - Saturday 10:00am
KTTZ (Lubbock) - Saturday 10:30am
KEDT (Corpus Christi) - Thursday, Oct 16 7:30pm
Houston Public Media - Saturday, Oct 18 3:30pm
We don’t have any information on KLRN (San Antonio), KMBH (Harlingen), or KAMU (Bryan-College Station). We’ll get you that information as soon as we can. Vaya con Dios Amigos.
I was recently swimming in the Rio Grande inside Big Bend National Park and just a few feet to my right was Mexico. I fondly remember the days of crossing the border as a kid to eat enchiladas and paletas. As I sat in the river, my buddies and I started considering the idea of visiting the small Mexican village of Boquillas. Of course, this requires a passport, but our other big question was – What do we do with our cell phones?
Can we make calls over there? Can we snap and share photos? We didn’t want to get charged a busload of money because we’d crossed some invisible barrier, but also didn’t want our cell phones to hold us back from exploring. Ever wondered the same thing?
To find out more about how to travel internationally with a cell phone, I did some research and here’s what AT&T told me. For Texans who want to explore the great big world beyond our borders (which does in fact exist) but don’t want a big bill, here are some tips.
- Review the International Plans. It turns out that as soon as you use your cell phone outside of the US, you are on an international plan. If you know you are going to use your phone, you can sign up for a plan before you go, or you can just use the pay-for-use rate, which is going to be more expensive. Details on AT&T’s International Plans are right here.
- Turn off your data. Without a prepaid plan, data usage is going to hurt. So you might want to turn it off. An easy way to do this is to switch your phone into “airplane mode” so you can still use your camera or listen to music without racking up your phone bill. And if you want to keep your data on, post to social media sparingly each day so you can keep track of how much data you are using. If you plan to be posting often, turn off the automatic video play settings. Those videos will use more data than you expect.
- Be Prepared to Avoid WiFi. WiFi can be spotty, before you embark on your international journey, make sure to look up and program into your phone any emergency numbers for your area – doctors, the embassy, tour buses… This way you don’t have to use bad WiFi searching for these things once you land overseas. To further monitor when your phone is using WiFi, set your email settings to receive email manually instead of automatically, then only check your email when you are sure there is a WiFi network.
- Customer Service is Helpful. AT&T also suggests writing down their customer service number (916-843-4685) in case something comes up while you’re traveling. To ensure comfort while abroad, AT&T even has a roaming app that will track your data use and alert you to when your allotted number of minutes is about to expire. While AT&T devices work in more than 210 countries, you will want to make sure that your device will work in the country you are traveling to by checking the AT&T Travel Guide. Other carriers should have something similar.
- Bring a charger. But not just any charger, an international charger so you can make sure your phone is ready to go.
- Consider Insurance. Remember to get some insurance before you leave to make sure your phone is covered in case of theft.
I hope this was helpful so the next time you consider jumping to Mexico or somewhere else, you’ll know what you’re getting into…at least from your cell phone. As for the rest of your adventure – that’s up to you….
Howdy Daytrippers! Let me first introduce myself…I am the summer intern, Linsey. As a fellow Daytripper fan, it’s been fantastic to spend my days following Chet on his crazy adventures. I’m having a blast!
A week into my internship, Chet found out I claimed to be a coffee-addict but hadn’t yet tried Cuvee Coffee. Shocked and appalled, he immediately sent me to the Galaxy Bakery down the street to buy a cup.
If you’ve seen the Spicewood episode of The Daytripper, then you saw Chet take a tour of the Cuvee Coffee factory. If not – check this out.
Cuvee Coffee is one of America’s top specialty roasters, and they’re based right here in the Hill Country. They roast their coffee meticulously, using formulas and coffee-labs to ensure the taste is just right.
While Cuvee gets their beans from countries all around the world, including Brazil and El Salvador, I chose the Spicewood 71 Classic for my first cup. Usually, I need to load my coffee with tons of cream and sugar, but with Cuvee I didn’t. The taste was sweet and smooth, and not too strong, which I loved.
And since I enjoyed my first cup so much (and since Chet was paying, of course!) I just had to try the Cuvee Meritage Espresso. I’d never had a cup of espresso before and was expecting to be bombarded with bitter coffee grounds and overbearing tastes, yet Cuvee was just the opposite. It tasted fresh and sweet, with just the right of amount of kick to get me through the rest of my day. After all, coffee is an intern’s best friend!
So, fellow coffee lovers, grab yourself a cup of Cuvee, and raise a steaming mug to Texas family values and world-class taste! I’m now a faithful drinker.
If you’ve never had it (or need to restock), Cuvee Coffee is now available via The Daytripper General Store where Chet is compiling some of his favorite Texas-based shirts, food, and cool stuff. Order some today. You won’t regret it.
We just got some new shirts in and I am excited! We have youth sizes and unisex adult sizes. They are printed on a soft, ringspun shirt (Canvas Brand) and are cut in a modern fit, so size up if you want a looser shirt.
It’s the perfect shirt for Daytrippin’ Texas, or anywhere else you may roam.
Sometimes it’s good to go “off-the-grid” and find a place where you are completely unreachable. A land with no computers, no social media, and no cell phones. Everyone needs to make time in life to unplug.
However, when you are producing a crazy TV show with crew scrambling through shot lists, costumes getting thrown together, and locations being confirmed and reconfirmed, going “off-the-grid” is a bad thing. We rely heavily on our phones in the field, and if they aren’t working we are left with nothing but a wink and a prayer hoping things go smoothly. Sometimes it works, but generally, it doesn’t. We need our phones all over Texas, not just in the cities and on the highways.
For a decade, I was a loyal customer to my old cell phone company. However, there was a little problem with their coverage. It was called The Texas Hill Country. Make that West Texas completely. They seemed to forget that it even existed. And this was one of the major carriers. Their coverage dropped off just past the I-35 corridor. I spend a lot of time out West, so this was a big, big problem. Then I found AT&T who let me test out their phones all over the state. See their coverage map below.
I could actually make calls in the Hill Country. What a revelation! I could stream music and podcasts on my cross-Texas road trips. I could share photos from the back country in places like Guadalupe Mountains National Park (pictured above). I could stay in touch with Daytrippers all over Texas while I was traveling all over Texas. After just one day trip, I made it final and broke up with my old carrier – never to return.
Sometimes it’s good to go “off-the-grid” but I’d like to be the one to choose when that happens rather than have stinky coverage decide it for me. See you on the road!