Rainy Day Fun

Rainy Day Fun

It’s always a bummer when it rains in the summer. Instead of splashing through swimming holes or trekking through State Parks, you find yourself stuck indoors, watching TV or snoring the day away.  But we’re here to tell you it doesn’t have to be that way! Turn off the TV, grab your rain coat and make your way through our list of Texas attractions that are epic rain or shine.

1. Race a T-Rex at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas.


2. Learn the ropes of rock and roll at Lubbock’s legendary museum, the Buddy Holly Center



3. Explore, climb and discover at The Doseum (pronounced “Do-see-um) Museum for kids in San Antonio.

Picture by The Doseum.

Picture by The Doseum.


4. Take a trip to the past and learn about transportation in the 1860s-1900s at the Blanco Buggy Barn Museum  in Blanco.



5. Get a triple-scoop cone of homemade ice cream at Beth Marie’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream in Denton.

Beth Maries


6. Slither into Rattlers & Reptiles in Fort Davis to get up close and personal with rattlesnakes and dozens of other creepy crawlies.



7. Walk through the history of the cowboy in Fort Worth at the Stockyards Museum and learn about the legends at the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame.



8. Trek through the rainforest, check out the aquarium or catch a 3D movie at the Moody Gardens in Galveston.

Picture by Moody Gardens.

Picture by Moody Gardens.


9. Play with tons of unique toys at All Things Kids on The Square in Georgetown.

all things kids

10. Have summer fun splashing around at the indoor water park at Great Wolf Lodge in Grapevine.

Picture by Great Wolf Resorts.

Picture by Great Wolf Resorts.


11. Munch on dozens of flavors of homemade jerky at Whittington’s Beef Jerky in Johnson City.



12. Soar through the sky like an astronaut or man mission-control at Space Center Houston.

Space Center


13. Eat all the classic candies you can handle at the Atkinson’s Candy Company store in Lufkin. (See Chet as an Oompa-Loompa here…)



14. Enjoy as many $4 slices of pie as you please during Pie Happy Hour at the Blue Bonnet Cafe in Marble Falls.



15. Use your imagination to learn about “why” and “how” at The Thinkery in Austin.

Picture by The Thinkery.

Picture by The Thinkery.


16. Get the heebie-jeebies at one of the most iconic roadside attractions in America, the Snake Farm in New Braunfels.


17. Peek at the fishies under the sea at The Aquarium at Rockport Harbor in Rockport.



18. Learn about polka at the Texas Polka Music Museum, then grab your dancing shoes and POLKA at Sengelmann Hall in Schulenburg.



19. Punch your ticket to the good old days when trains were the thing at the Railroad Depot in Tomball.



20. Gulp down the history of one of Texas’s favorite soft drinks at the Dr Pepper Museum in Waco.


Gear for the Road: Samsung Galaxy S7

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“What sort of gear do you use?” is a question we get a lot over here at “The Daytripper.” It’s not an easy one to answer, because it takes a LOT of gear to make our show. We need big cameras, small cameras, still cameras, audio gear,…etc. etc. etc. Not to mention a MacGyver-like box of cables, attachments, and C-47s (a fancy film word for clothespins). Oh, and you can never forget about the smartphone.

A good smartphone is critical “GEAR FOR THE ROAD.” We use it to call locations and set up appointments. We use it as a walkie-talkie amongst the crew.  We use it as a GPS when we’re completely lost.  It’s a scouting guide. It’s a camera. It’s a social media tool. It’s a lifeline to the world. Recently, AT&T sent me a Samsung Galaxy S7 to take on the road.  So, I ditched my Galaxy S5 Active and tried it out.


OVERALL – the S7 is pretty darn amazing.  Here are some high points.

  • FASTER – It does everything my S5 did, but snappier and faster. (who doesn’t love that?)
  • GREAT DESIGN – It feels good in the hand. Oh so good. So good that I didn’t want to put on a case – which made me nervous I was going to drop it the entire time, but it was worth it.
  • BETTER CAMERA – The camera is incredible. And they’ve made a HUGE improvement in the front-facing one. Bring on the selfies.
  • FINGERPRINT – it lets you login with your finger. So better security. Just in case you leave it behind at that BBQ joint.
  • WATERPROOF – Or at least water resistant up to a certain point. So don’t worry about taking it to that swimming hole. A little splashin’ around won’t hurt it.
  • REMOVABLE STORAGE – It takes a microSD card, meaning you’ll never run out of photo space on the road.

If you want to really dig into the specifics and nitty-gritty, you can find a great review on Android Central.  But as far a daytrippin’ goes, this S7 might be the best phone yet.  Plus, you can put them in the cool Samsung VR goggles.  That way you can go DAYTRIPPIN’ all over the world without leaving your couch.


Podcast 31 – “Top Burgers in Texas” – August 2016


In Texas we LOVE a good burger and in this episode we talk about the Top Burgers in Texas! In case you missed it, Texas Monthly recently released their “50 Greatest Burgers in Texas” list and we are sitting down with Pat Sharpe, Courtney Bond and Abby Johnston from Texas Monthly to discuss the top burgers. We also ponder important topics such as what makes a good burger, must have toppings, is it aioli or garlic aioli, dissecting your burger before you eat it and more! You won’t want to miss this episode…OH, and we recommend you listen to it as you enjoy your favorite burger.

WARNING: This episode is guaranteed to make you hungry!

We love your questions or feedback on the show…so if you have comments or questions you’d like us to address or topics you’d like us to feature, email us at: podcast@thedaytripper.com.

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End of Summer Festivals

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Soon the days will get shorter, the summer sun will fade away to cooler weather and school will be back in session – and that means that you’ve got to make the most of these last few days of freedom and sunshine. So here’s a few epic festivals around Texas to help you end summer with a BANG!

Edinburg “Out of This World” Conference & Festival - Edinburg, TX

Picture by the City of Edinburg.

Picture by the City of Edinburg.

Greetings Earthlings! If you love aliens, space crafts and otherworldly fun, then this festival is for you! Join the town of Edinburg on Aug. 12 and 13 for the free “Out of This World” Festival. Dress up in your best alien costume for the costume contest and parade on Friday evening starting at 7 p.m. and a Laser Show at 9 p.m. The conference, which starts at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, features educators, publishers and other guests speaking on all things alien! Tickets for the conference cost $25.

B.I.G. San Antonio Salsa Festival - San Antonio, TX

Put on your dancing shoes and join the Baile International Grand for the 5th Annual San Antonio Salsa Festival! This four day event from Aug. 11-14 features live music from global recording artists like Tito Nieves, Ray de la Paz and more! Not sure how to dance? Don’t worry, each day there will be workshops ranging from Beginner to Advanced where you can learn classic dances like the Cha Cha and Mambo. Find more information here.

Navasota Blues Fest - Navasota, TX

Join Navasota for two days of good ol’ blues on Aug. 12 and 13.  The concert starts at 6 p.m. on Friday and 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, and includes performances by the Chris Beard Band, Justin Johnson, Rob Roy Parnell and a dozen other artists! Pre-fest activities begin at 9 a.m. on Friday with a dedication of a historical marker for the “Father of Blues” Texas Alexander, as well as a free guitar workshop with Bernie Pearl.

Highland Village Balloon Festival - Highland Village, TX

If you’ve always dreamed of soaring high above the world, then join the Highland Village Balloon Festival for the adventure of a lifetime. This three-day festival Aug. 19-21 is filled with high-flying fun including multiple Balloon Mass Ascension where dozens of 100-ft. tall balloons take off together, Balloon Glow where the vibrantly-colored balloons are lit at night and Tethered Balloon Rides where YOU can ride in a hot air balloon. The event also includes live music, vendors and a Kids Zone.

North Texas Fair and Rodeo – Denton, TX

North Texas Fair and Rodeo

There’s no better way to end summer than by attending the North Texas Fair and Rodeo. Along with all your favorite rodeo events like mutton busting, calf roping and bull riding, there will also be a carnival, a kids zone, and even an exhibit with live Bengal Tigers! Throughout the event, there will be live music performances by various country artists, including Josh Abbott Band, Randy Rogers Band, Prophets & Outlaws and Zane Williams. The rodeo lasts from Aug. 19-27 and you can find more information here.

12th Annual Bat Fest - Austin, TX

Things are gonna get batty in Austin, and you’re invited to join for their 12th Annual Bat Fest on Aug. 20. The festival is a celebration of the 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats that “hang out” under the Congress Avenue Bridge  and features a bat costume contest, arts and crafts vendors and three stages with live music by American Authors, Blue October and more! The festival lasts from 4 p.m. to midnight.

Big Bend Nature Fest - Big Bend National Park, TX

This may be one of the most beautiful festivals you’ll ever attend! On Aug. 25-27, Big Bend is hosting a festival featuring nature hikes led by famous guides like the “Birds of the Big Bend Desert & Lowlands Walk” guided by Southwest bird enthusiast Greg Lasley and the “Dragonfly & Damselfly Walk” guided by insect experts Dr. John and Kendra Abbott. There will also be a barbecue dinner and live music to conclude the weekend at 6 p.m. on Saturday at the Chisos Mountains Lodge Restaurant.

Sixth Annual Big Star Texas Night - Burton, TX

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Picture by Heidi Jaster.

Join the folks of Burton for a night of Texas fun in the historic Texas dance hall La Bahia Turn Verein! This festival on Aug. 27 starts at 6:30 p.m. with a car show, and dancing featuring Kountry Chick DJ. Then from 8 p.m. until midnight, you can enjoy live music by The Texas Unlimited Band as well as dinner from Burton BBQ. There will also be an Old Fashioned Live Auction that will benefit the Burton Area Chamber of Commerce. Find more information here.

29th Annual El Paso Greek Food Festival - El Paso, TX

Come join the folks of El Paso and the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church for a three-day festival on Aug. 26-28 celebrating the Greek culture and their delicious foods. Besides amazing homemade food vendors, the festival will also have live music, dancing, vendors and Greek souvenirs for purchase. For more information, click here.

Podcast 30 – “Talkin’ Texas” August 2016


Join us this month as we discuss Pokemon Go, camping…or is it glamping, the new campus carry law and more as we explore the news across Texas. We also address a fan rant about wearing our hats indoors. Joining us on this episode are Linsey and Sullivan to kick around these topics and more.

We love your questions or feedback on the show…so if you have comments or questions you’d like us to address or topics you’d like us to feature, email us at: podcast@thedaytripper.com.

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Welcome to Georgetown, Sheraton!

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This past week, the new Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center opened in Georgetown, and we were so excited to be invited to the Grand Opening! We attended the ribbon cutting ceremony where we heard special guests like the Georgetown Mayor Dale Ross and Sheraton General Manager Rita Healy speak. This new 16,000 sq. ft. Conference Center is right in time because Georgetown is now the fastest growing city in the U.S.!





Afterwards we attended a reception in one of the ballrooms of the Conference Center where we met tons of awesome people, enjoyed delicious food and got to look around the Sheraton. This Conference Center is so big, we bet it’ll be hosting the Williamson County Comic Con in no time…





And as we explored, we found that the hotel is decorated with local art from Georgetown.

A photo posted by Chet Garner (@chettripper) on

Chet got the honor of being the first guest to check in to the Sheraton and I got to stay in the hotel as well. Here’s Chet receiving the first Sheraton key card!


The rooms were very spacious and those beds were so comfy, I had a hard time getting up in the morning…which is never a bad thing! The hotel pool was quite refreshing on a hot Texas day and Jack’s Lounge, the hotel bar, is a great place to sip wine or enjoy a beer on tap.




Chet enjoyed his own little convention in the center’s lobby, but it mostly just involved napping on the comfy chairs….


We’re so happy that Georgetown has the new Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center so people from all over Texas (or even the world!) can discover what we already knew — that Georgetown is an amazing place to trip!


August Newsletter

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In this month’s newsletter, we have great tips for spending your last days of summer! Learn more about Harper Frontier Days, the next Chet Chat featuring famed CBS sports announcer, VERNE LUNDQUIST, our Big Bend Podcast and more! Here’s the link to the newsletterhttp://eepurl.com/b_qTin 

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Quirky Texas: 12 Unique Sights in Texas

Quirky Texas

You knew about the beauty of Texas and of course, the BBQ and Swimming Holes, but we bet you didn’t realize that some of Texas’s attractions are out of this world…literally. From alien landings and meteor craters to monumental trash and deadly swimming holes, here’s a list of the strangest, quirkiest and most interesting spots in Texas.

Starship Pegasus – Italy, TX

Jason Eppink CC by 2.0

“Starship Pegasus and Flying Saucer” Jason Eppink CC by 2.0

Greetings, Texans! This abandoned spaceship was built in Italy, TX as a tribute to “The Starship Enterprise,” from Star Trek. It was originally built to live long and prosper as an arcade and restaurant, but that never stuck. Now it’s just a selfie stop. But you better hurry if you want to trek here, rumor has it that this ship will be demolished soon. 

Odessa Meteor Crater Museum – Odessa, TX

In prehistoric times, a meteor shower struck the town, leaving behind various craters in the area, including the 500 ft. diameter Odessa Meteor Crater, which is the second largest meteor crater in the U.S. Though the crater is now mostly filled, there are trails and signs showing where the impact was, as well as a nearby museum where you can learn more about meteor sites in Texas. Other crater sites in Texas include the Sierra Madera near Fort Stockton, TX and Marquez Crater in Leon County.

Stonehenge II – Ingram, TX

Picture by Bill Morgan

Picture by Bill Morgan

Forget traveling to the UK to see the mysterious Stonehenge monument, you’ll find that Stonehenge II is alot closer and just as epic. Over 20 years ago, Al Sheppard and his neighbor, Doug Hill, built their own version of the famous stone figures in the Texas Hill Country, but theirs also includes two 13-foot Easter Island heads…take that UK! It’s located on the campus of the Hill Country Arts Foundation.

Jacob’s Well - Wimberley, TX

Jacob’s Well may be one of the most hauntingly beautiful sites in Texas. It bubbles up where the limestone of Cypress Creek dips down to the dark shaft of one of the largest underground caves in Texas creating an enchanting sight. Yet this wonder can turn deadly for those who attempt to explore the 120 ft-deep cave, and since 1970, multiple people have lost their lives in its rocky depths.

Huge Pair of Legs – Amarillo, TX


This leg statue is the most outstanding you’ll find randomly out standing in a field…(sorry, had to!) The same eclectic millionaire who commissioned Cadillac Ranch Stanley Marsh 3 paid artist Lightnin’ McDuff to create this strange statue that was modeled after an Egyptian statue. And though it looks broken, the legs were actually built to look incomplete like the original statue. Check out our day trip through Amarillo here.

Prada Marfa - Marfa, TX

Prada Marfa

This is one designer store that won’t cost you a penny! The Prada Marfa art installation, which has no actual connection to the designer Prada, was created in 2005 by artists Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset. It is filled with real Prada bags and shoes picked out by Miuccia Prada and perfectly symbolizes the kind of creativity that makes up this West Texas desert town. Check out our time in Marfa here.  

Cathedral of Junk - Austin, TX

It may be made of junk, but there’s nothing trashy about this cathedral. Vince Hannemann’s Cathedral of Junk contains everything you can think of from wheels to signs to surf boards all tangled together to form this towering structure that’s gained fans and fame since it began in 1988 with just Vince’s junk. Over the years, people from all over the world have brought their random items to add to Vince’s wacky castle in his backyard.  Check out our time in South Austin here.

Alien Grave - Aurora, TX


Yes, you read that right…there is an alien buried in the Aurora Cemetery. On May 9, 1897, an alien aircraft was spotted flying over the town of Aurora where it hit a windmill and crashed. The original newspaper article about the incident in The Dallas Morning News described the ship as “traveling due north, and much nearer the earth than ever before.” Being kind as Texans are, the Aurora citizens held a funeral for the alien pilot and he was buried in the cemetery on Cemetery Road, where visitors still visit in search of the little guy’s grave.

The “Last Supper” Display – Fort Worth, TX

In the 1920s, sculptures Katherine Stubergh and her daughter created a life-size, wax version of Leonardo da Vinci’s famous painting “The Last Supper,” complete with glass eyes and human hair that was hand-sewn onto each figurine. The odd part is that over the next few years, this beautiful art work was displayed in a shopping center in Fort Worth! The sculpture moved all around town and in 2009, it was finally moved to the Christian Arts Museum, where you can still view the iconic scene.

VW Slug Bug Ranch- Conway, TX

Barbara Brannon/Texas Plains Trail.

Barbara Brannon/Texas Plains Trail.

You probably knew about Cadillac Ranch, but did you know that there is also a VW Slug Bug Ranch along the Historic Route 66? This car-art installation features five Volkswagens that have been buried nose-down in the ground. They make for a pretty psychedelic selfie, and don’t forget the spray paint, so you can leave your mark on the cars! While you’re there, check out the rest of Historic Route 66

Art Car Museum - Houston, TX

Irv Tepper/ Art Car Museum

Irv Tepper/ Art Car Museum

The Art Car Museum in Houston is dedicated to a new kind of self-expression. The gallery showcases dozens of cars that have been decked out in graffiti, beads, lights and even giant creepy rat-dinosaur heads and roach shells. This place is a must-see for sure!

Waco Mammoth National Monument – Waco, TX

Mark Randolph/ City of Waco

Mark Randolph/ City of Waco

In Waco, you can see the only recorded discovery of a nursery herd of Columbian mammoths in America! On a guided tour of the park, you’ll see the bones of 22 Mammoths that were uncovered at this site between 1978 and 1997, as well as the remains of a prehistoric camel. All the fossils are still sitting in the ground exactly where they were found. In 2015, President Obama issued a proclamation that made the Waco Mammoth Site a National Monument.

Podcast 29 – “Big Bend” July 2016


Tune in this episode as we talk about our recent trip to Big Bend. We share some tips on what to expect at the park, preparation to go the park and tips on choosing and enjoying activities while at Big Bend. If you are making plans to head to Big Bend, you won’t want to miss this episode!

We love your questions or feedback on the show…so if you have comments or questions you’d like us to address or topics you’d like us to feature, email us at: podcast@thedaytripper.com.

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