Meet the Crew – Todd White

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This week we feature another crew member – Todd White. Oh wait, that’s me. Well…here we go.

What’s your name and where do you call home in Texas?
My name is Todd White. I was born and raised in San Antonio and call Georgetown home. Yep, a true Texan, born and raised.

What’s your role on The Daytripper?
I wear a few different hats on the Daytripper – Field Producer, Photographer and second camera Videographer. As a Field Producer, it is my role to plan and coordinate logistics for each shoot. This includes the right contacts are made, locations/contacts are prepped on what to expect, schedule set, crew knows call time and coordinating additional items needed for a shoot (such as costumes). In the field, I ensure we stay on schedule and verify we have the shots we need before we move on to the next location. There’s quite a bit more involved in this role but this is a good overview.

As the Photographer, I make sure we have photos for the website, show credits, promotional photos for each episode, photos that we can use and share with our partners/sponsors and photos for Texas Highways articles. Of course, there’s just good old capturing memories for the crew and show.

As second videographer, I shoot mostly B-Roll for the show – exteriors, interiors, kitchen action. Basically, I really focus on painting a picture of what each location is like and tell the story of what is happening there. There have been a couple of occasions where I shot primary camera. That was fun but I’ve got big shoes to fill when Richie is not able to shoot. Glad he is a good teacher!

How did you get involved with The Daytripper?
My involvement started when I shot Chet for a local magazine and a book that a local author was writing. We met for the shoot and became friends. We talked about the possibility of me coming along on a few shoots to take photos…mainly behind the scenes photos. My first photography shoot with the team was in San Antonio. From there it grew to be a regular thing that I went along on shoots. Within a few months I was helping to produce a few shows then from there it grew to shooting second camera. As of the beginning of this year I became an employee of the show. It’s been a fun ride so far and I look forward to more!

What’s been your favorite episode to film and why?
I really enjoyed filming in Athens. Such a fun location and I really had not spent any time in East Texas. It is gorgeous there!! Lufkin was another East Texas spot I really enjoyed, but back to Athens. The diversity of this shoot was so fun!! One day we were ziplining through the trees at NY to Texas ZipLine Adventures then later we were diving at the Athens Scuba Park. Totally different activities all in one place!

What’s the best thing you’ve ever eaten while on a shoot?
This is a toss-up between the Railway Cafe in Athens and the Abi-Haus in Abilene. Both places had amazing food and a cool vibe. Both felt like a little slice of a hipster, Austin style place as well. Both had great burgers that were a step above the rest I’ve had. The Pimento Cheese with Roasted Jalapenos at the Railway Cafe was delicious! I love heat in my food and this was an unexpected surprise. At the Abi-Haus, their Kobe beef burger with Gorgonzola and Jalapenos was fantastic. In fact, Chet and I went back there in the evening for a dinner/beer tasting event.

What’s the funniest/weirdest thing you remember happening on a shoot?
The funniest thing on a shoot was also in Athens. The greek chorus bits were odd and funny. I’m pretty cool about dressing up and doing weird stuff with the show but that one took some convincing. It translated well in the show but felt weird doing it. But over the past year or so I’ve become more comfortable with dressing up and doing stuff on the Daytripper. Chet definitely has pushed me beyond my comfort zone…in a good way.

What is your go-to roadtrip snack?
Haribo Gummi Bears!! Grew up on these things and love them. In fact I have a bag of them next to me as I write this. If I need something more substantial and healthy, then it’s the Oatmega bars.

What kind of music do you like to rock out to on the road?
I am big fan of Indie rock. Just has a good vibe for roadtrips. I am also really into podcasts. A few of my favorite to listen to on the road are The Relevant Podcast, This American Life and Pop Culture Happy Hour.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve done for the show?
Hands down was the attempt to dive in the Valhalla missile silo in the Abilene episode. I am diver but have been diving in the ocean in places like the Caymans, Cozumel, Hawaii and the BVIs. This dive was an advanced dive, in the dark and I had not been in the water in about 5 years or so. Not a good combo for this dive. I tried but just could not do it…but I tried.

What’s your idea of the perfect day trip?​
I really enjoy heading to smaller towns with a square, good food and wineries/wine bars. I love getting away and relaxing and not going to a big city. My schedule is fairly crazy so getting away from the hustle and bustle is important. Down time is key for my sanity. Strolling along a street of shops, having a long lunch, sipping wine and enjoying some local live music is perfect. We recently shot in Tomball and that was a great mix of all the above. In fact, it’s on my list to take my wife there soon.

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Come Hang with Chet at Backwoods!

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Hey Daytrippers, I will be in store for a fan meet and greet. I’ll be talking all things Texas and telling some stories from the road. Come by and swap Texas travel stories, grab a picture, and learn all sorts of Daytripper tips for exploring the Lone Star State!

Location: Backwoods Austin
Time: 10AM – 1PM

Looking forward to see you there!

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Daytripper BBQ Bus Tour Photos

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We had a great time on our BBQ Bus tour! Lots of full stomachs and happy faces along the way…not to mention the food comas. Huge thanks to Hwy 29 BBQ, Cooper’s BBQ, Opie’s BBQ and the Bluebonnet Cafe for great food and Texas hospitality.

Keep an eye on our website for future tours. The next one up is our Texas Distillery Tour on May 9. Details and tickets are available at the Daytripper General Store.

Episode 009 – Season 6, Behind the Scenes Part 2

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Round 2 of the Season 6 episodes has aired and this time on the podcast we tell some of the behind the scenes adventures we experienced along the way. The episodes we talked about were:

Athens
Baytown
Kingsville

In addition to the episodes, we talked about a Texas Bucket list and some events going on around the state including a Cat Cafe Kickstarter, Tyler’s Azalea and Spring Flower Trail and Texas turns 179.

Our Texas music feature was Courrier out of Austin and sampled a little bit of Abbi Walker as well.

You won’t want to miss this episode!

You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Stitcher and the Windows store!
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This endeavor is generously supported by The Highland Lakes of Burnet County.

The Daytripper Distillery Tour

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It’s time to hit the road on another Daytripper Bus Tour! This time we head west of Austin to visit some the best and newest distilleries. Texas Spirits is on the rise in popularity so join us as we learn about the process of making and sample great Rum, Bourbon and Vodka. Along the way we will have lunch at a small brew-pub as well and snag some Texas style beef jerky.

You won’t want to miss this trip. Please note, you must be 21 to come on this trip. We will be leaving from and returning to Georgetown. For more information, visit the Daytripper General Store.

Looking forward to seeing y’all on the bus!

 

Season 6 – Kingsville

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If the worth of a Tex-ified kingdom were valued in cattle, oil, and land, then the King Ranch is the most powerful kingdom our state has ever seen.  Dating back to the 1800′s, this ranch is almost as legendary as the Lone Star State itself.  Exploring the ranch and the nearby town of Kingsville makes for a really fun adventure!

Be sure to tune into you local PBS station to watch.

You can also catch the show online. Check out our Kingsville episode page for the link.

Season 6 – Baytown

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While most simply fly past Baytown on I-10, those that know better stop and explore this incredible town where oil and water really do seem to mix quite well. From history to art to outdoor adventures and great food, Baytown is packed with fun for the whole family. Tune in to see what all they have in store and plan your next adventure!

Be sure to tune into you local PBS station to watch.

You can also catch the show online. Check out our Baytown episode page for the link.

Season 6 – Athens, TX

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Who needs to travel to Greece when you’ve got a Texas version right here.  While Athens, TX may not have 7,000 years of history and the Acropolis, there is way more to do in this East Texas town than you might think. You’ll learn how an Athens native named “Old Dave” and/or “Uncle Fletcher” invented a little thing we call the hamburger. Don’t miss the SCUBA show in town where an underwater diver feeds and talks about our native fish and If you’re looking to get into the water, then just a few blocks from the square is the Athens SCUBA park. If a high-flying, thrilling adventure is what you are after, then head to nearby New York, Texas for a zip line adventure with NY TX Zipline Adventures.  You’ll be amazed at this hidden mountain range in East Texas and feel free as a bird flying through the pines. There’s so much to do in Athens you won’t want to miss this episode!

Be sure to tune into you local PBS station to watch.

You can also catch the show online. Check out our Athens episode page for the link.

Episode 008 – Texas is for Lovers

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Join us this time as we talk about Romance in Texas…cause we all know Texas is for Lovers.

We’ve got a little different format this time. We’ve added a few new segments including “Since last month”, “Meanwhile in Texas” and “Fan rants and raves.”

A few of the topics we discuss include:

You won’t want to miss this episode!

You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Stitcher and the Windows store!
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Windows – Search for the Daytripper Podcast in your dedicated podcast app.
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This endeavor is generously supported by The Highland Lakes of Burnet County.

Subaru and AT&T Partner on Enhanced Technology

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We love technology and new gadgets here at the Daytripper and we were excited to see this announcement come out of CES. As you know, we love our Subaru and we use AT&T for our mobile carrier. New features focus on additional security and safety as well as enhanced connectivity through STARLINK. All sounds like the right move for travel safety and in support of the new hands-free driving rule. All good things when traveling Texas!

“AT&T* and Subaru of America, Inc. today announced an agreement   in which Subaru will provide enhancements to its Subaru STARLINK in-vehicle connectivity system that deliver improved personal safety and security services to vehicle occupants via 4G LTE wireless connectivity.” (source: AT&T Newsroom)

The full article can be read on the AT&T Newsroom site.

Have a great weekend Daytrippers and be sure to hit the road over the weekend and explore another spot in this great state! VIYA CON DIOS!!