Podcast Episode 11 – “Tales from the Road with Brandon Rhyder”


This time on The Daytripper we have special guest, Brandon Rhyder, joining us to talk about life on the road and food. Yep…that’s right, Brandon is a foodie as well as a musician. We talk BBQ (of course), rattlesnake and cooking while on the road…literally. You won’t believe one of the ways to cook on the road.

We also discuss BBQ controversy and BBQ wins in Austin, our favorite Texas flower, the Rock and Roll Hall of fame and the first annual Taste of Red Poppy cooking contest plus a while lot more.

In our Texas Music minute we feature…wait for it…Brandon Rhyder (kinda obvious). We hear how he got started, what inspires him and the stories behind a couple of his big hits. You’ll enjoy this unplugged time with Brandon.

You won’t want to miss this episode!

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This endeavor is generously supported by The Highland Lakes of Burnet County, Omega Broadcast Group and Magic Room Studios.

Season 6 – Schulenburg!


In case you missed it, our Schulenburg episode aired in a few markets last week and on KLRU in Austin on Thursday. Don’t miss this episode as Chet explores the “Painted Churches of Texas” and dives into the German and Czech history of Central Texas! Lots to learn and explore in this beautiful town and surrounding countryside! A Polka museum, a Texas dance hall and the iconic Stanzel Model Aircraft Museum are just a few of our stops. Let’s hit the road.

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

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

Season 6 – Monahans!


In case you missed it, our Monahans episode aired in a few markets last week and on KLRU in Austin on Thursday. You won’t want to miss this West Texas adventure! Chet gets lost in the desert, meets an odd frog, walks in the shoes…ummm, I mean wears the glasses of a music legend and grabs some air in a dune buggy. All this and a million more adventures await in Monahans.

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

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

Round Rock!


In case you missed it, Round Rock premiered on KLRU last night and we threw a party in Round Rock to celebrate! Thanks so much to everyone who came out…we had a blast. It’s always great to hang out with you…our fans!

So, Round Rock isn’t called the “Sports Capital of Texas” for nothing.  Especially if you can make a sport out of eating, learning about history, or beekeeping. Got you curious…Be sure to tune into you local PBS station to watch.

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

Season 6 – NEW Episodes!


New episodes of the Daytripper start airing TONIGHT! Check your local PBS station listing for details. We know that Houston and San Antonio are airing the new Round Rock episode this weekend. We are super excited the rest of Season 6 and invite you to come along on our adventures. So tune in and watch as we travel the across this great state we call home!

The first episode up is ROUND ROCK!


Daytripper Film Series – True Grit on May 23


Join Chet Garner and crew for the second installment of “The Daytripper Texas Film Series” showcasing movies made here in the Lone Star State. This event’s screening is “True Grit (2010)” staring Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, and Josh Brolin.  Simply Put – it’s awesome.  Perhaps even better than the 1969 John Wayne classic.

Filmed in the Austin and Granger areas, this is film is about the search for an outlaw named Tom Chaney (Josh Brolin) who murders the father of a feisty 14-year-old farm girl, Mattie Ross (Hailee Steinfeld). Ross hires Rooster Cogburn (Jeff Bridges), a boozy, trigger-happy lawman, to help her find Chaney and avenge her father. The bickering duo are not alone in their quest, for a Texas Ranger named LaBoeuf (Matt Damon) is also tracking Chaney for reasons of his own. Together the unlikely trio ventures into hostile territory to dispense some Old West justice.

For tickets and more information, click the image below. We hope to see you there!


Episode 010 – Texas Movies


This week on the Daytripper Podcast we talk about Texas Movies, as in movies filmed (or a portion of) in Texas. We list our favorites and even debate some that may or may not qualify. There are probably even a few surprises in here as well!

Speaking of Texas movies, join us for the next installment of the Daytripper Film Fest with a showing of True Grit (2010) at the Georgetown Palace Theater. More information and tickets are available at the Palace Theater website. We’d love to see you there!

Some of the things we’ve been up to since last time include SXSW, the Houston Rodeo and Backwoods events. Our intern, Hillary, joins us as well for this episode. Yep, you’ve seen her photo on Facebook but we decided to let her speak. :-)

In our Texas music segment we introduce you to Abbi Walker for some good ol’ Texas  Southern Soul sounds. A few fans sent in some questions about trip ideas for kids, underrated small towns and primitive backpacking adventures. Tune in to the podcast for all this and more!

Kids Trip Ideas:
Houston Museum of Natural Science
The Thinkery in Austin
McKenna Kids Museum in New Braunfels
Cameron Park Zoo in Waco
The DoSeum in San Antonio
Fossil Rim Wildlife Center in Glenn Rose
Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch in San Antonio
Institute of Texan Cultures in San Antonio
Grape stomping at any winery in Texas (mentioned Perissos in Burnet)

Under-rated Small Towns of Texas:
Rockport (coming in Season 7)
Tomball (coming soon, Season 6)

Primitive Backpacking
Big Bend
Colorado Bend
Devil’s River

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This endeavor is generously supported by The Highland Lakes of Burnet County.

Meet the Crew – Todd White


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.


The Road to Independence!


On April 16, 1836, General Sam Houston had a difficult decision to make. After weeks of running from the Mexican army, Houston and his rag-tag army of settlers turned soldiers found themselves at a “fork in the road.” In what is today New Kentucky Park in Tomball, Texas, General Houston had to decide whether to turn left to Louisiana, which meant the safety in the United States, or right, which meant facing Santa Anna and the Mexican army in Harrisburg or modern-day Harris County. As most of you know, Houston choose the right path.  And on April 21, 1836 defeated the powerful Mexican Army in the Battle of San Jacinto.

In honor of the 179th anniversary of the Texan victory at Battle of San Jacinto, we here at The Daytripper would like to highlight the incredible history that is the road of Texas’ independence.  And show you the spots were you can travel to retrace those famous steps.

October 2, 1835

cannonThe first shots of the revolution are fired.

Mexican soldiers were sent to Gonzales, Texas to take a cannon that Mexico has loaned them to scare away Indian attacks. Texans did not let the soldiers into town and fired on them, beginning the Texas revolution.  Today you can visit the cannon at the Gonzales Memorial Museum.

March 2, 1836

Texans declared independence from Mexico.

At the Convention of 1836, Texans wrote the Texas Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the Republic of Texas. Sam Houston was named the commander of the Texas military.  Visit the recreate Independence Hall inside of Washington-on-the-Brazos State Park.

March 6, 1836

the alamoFall of the Alamo.

After a 13-day attack on the Alamo Mission near San Antonio, Mexican soldiers killed all 189 Texans trying to defend the Alamo. Some of the most famous defenders were Davy Crockett, William B. Travis, and James Bowie.  Every year millions visit this sacred shrine in downtown San Antonio.

March 27, 1836

The Goliad Massacre.

Following the Battle of the Alamo, support for the Texan army had grown tremendously. With supporters from both Texas and the United States signing up to join the fight.  Santa Anna was livid and his vengeance came when James W. Fannin and his men surrendered on May 20, 1863 at the Battle of Coleto Creek. Fannin tried to discuss civilized terms that stated the Texan army should treated as prisoners of war instead of being executed. To no avail, about 350 Texan prisoners, including Fannin himself, were executed. To plan your own daytrip to Goliad, you can retrace Chet’s steps by viewing the Goliad episode or you can visit the Goliad State Park and Historic Site and Presidio La Bahia.

April 21, 1836

Texans win the Battle of San Jacinto and their independence.

Led by Sam Houston, the Texas army defeated the troops of Santa Anna at the Battle of San Jacinto. The win is the victory that Texas needed to finally gain independence from Mexico. As you might have seen in our recent Baytown episode, the public can visit this historic site year around. Visit the San Jacinto Monument of History for more details.

Come Hang with Chet at Backwoods!


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!