22 – “Talkin’ Texas – April 2016″

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Join us this episode as the crew gathers around and shares some of our favorite stories from around the Lone Star State. We discuss some of the big news stories like glamping, Cheech’s artwork and…drugs…? Tune in to this podcast to hear all these crazy topics and more!

In our Texas Music minute, David Munoz from Q101.9 in San Antonio, features Joe Posada.

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51 Things to do in Burnet County

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1. Go underground at Longhorn Cavern State Park

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2. Tour a winery and sip some Texas wine

3. Enjoy “Pie Happy Hour” at Blue Bonnet Café

4. Shop Main Street in Downtown Marble Falls

5. Hit the trails at Inks Lake State Park

6. Eat some “sweet and spicy” ribs at Opie’s BBQ

7. Take a selfie with the giant Oatmeal can

8. Celebrate at the Burnet Bluebonnet Festival

9. Go Birding at the Canyon of the Eagles

seagulls 10. Rent a boat and cruise the Highland Lakes

11. Learn about aviation history at the Commemorative Air Force Highland Lakes Squadron

12. Peek into the “Dead Man’s Hole”

13. See history at The Falls on the Colorado Museum

14. Cliff jump into the Devil’s Waterhole

15. Book a secluded lodge for some alone time

16. See bronze sculptures being cast at the Dan Pogue Gallery and Foundry

http://www.toddwhite.org 17. Picnic in the sunshine at a lakeside park

18. Get a paddle board lesson on Lake Marble Falls

19. Go off-roading at Hidden Falls Adventure Park

20. Hang-glide above Lake LBJ with Fly Texas

21. Tour the sunken town of Bluffton (when the Lake Buchanan water is low)

22. Watch the sunset from On the Rocks

23. Admire the beautiful Fall Creek waterfalls

24. Rope Swing into Krause Springs

krause 25. Hike the Balcones Canyon Land & Wildlife Refuge

26. Stargaze at the Eagle Eye Observatory

27. See a Burnet Gunfighter’s Reenactment

28. Take a biking tour of the Hill Country at Marble Falls Bikes

29. Go to the Burnet County Fair and Rodeo

30. Learn about paddlefish and catfish at the Inks Dam National Fish Hatchery

31. See 10,000 year old artifacts at the Nightengale Archaeological CenterDTSite_Athens140724_007

32. Take a springtime wildflower drive

33. Tour the frontier at historic Fort Croghan

34. Horse ride at the Colbert Ranch

35. Enjoy a fossil or plant expedition at Denney Ranch 2 Preserve

36. Catch a whopper with a local fishing guide

37. Test your shot at the Copperhead Creek Shooting Range

38. Hop aboard a Vanishing Texas River CruiseIMG_8808

39. Eat Texas barbecue at Hwy 29 BBQ

40. Mountain bike at Reveille Peak Ranch

41. Rent a kayak or canoe and paddle the lakes

42. Book a lakefront cabin

43. Spectate or ride in the Adult Soap Box Derby

44. Visit Main St. Bethlehem in December

45. Snap a pic with the Giant Bluebonnetbluebonnet

46. Eat a Bison burger and drink a craft beer at Double Horn Brewing Co.

47. Watch the Lake Fest boat drag races

48.See the works of over 20 local artists at the Highland Arts Guild and Gallery

49. Have a pint and tour Save the World Brewing

50. Jump on a Heart of Texas Wine Tour

51. Slow down and relax

Best Western Giveaway!

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7 Places in Texas to Eat Rabbit

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When you think of Easter, you may imagine cute fluffy bunnies that hide eggs for children to excitedly hunt for on Easter day.  Well, we’ve created a list that requires you to hunt for a different kind of prize…and one that’s way more exciting for your stomach. Here are seven places in Texas to find deliciously prepared rabbit meat. So bring your appetite and hop, jump or leap to the restaurant nearest you!

Contigo – Austin, TX

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Hop on over to Contigo  in East Austin to get your fill of bunny. They serve up a delicious rabbit and dumplings that’s just as tasty for brunch as it is for dinner. Modeled after the Contigo Ranch in South Texas, this restaurant has a beautiful patio that’s perfect for relaxing with friends and dining under the big beautiful Texas sky.

 

Hudson’s on the Bend – Austin, TX

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Jump to the other side of town in West Austin, and you’ll find yourself at this upscale New American restaurant set in a rustic old barn that specializes in all sorts of exotic meats from rattlesnake to boar. And for a hefty price, at Hudson’s on the Bend you can order a mixed grill of meats that includes rabbit, venison, quail and buffalo. Just be sure to wash your rabbit down with one of their various wines.

 

Thanh Phuong Restaurant – Pearland, TX

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Thanh Phuong Restaurant, located just south of Houston, dishes out delectable Chinese and Vietnamese cuisine that will make you feel like you’re overseas instead of in a small strip mall in Pearland, TX. Your taste buds will be leaping for joy after you try their specialty deep fried rabbit with garlic and french butter.

 

Sammy’s Wild Game Grill – Houston, TX

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In West Houston, at Sammy’s Wild Game Grill, you will find rabbit heaven. At this glorious restaurant, you can order rabbit sausage hot dogs, rabbit sausage salads, rabbit burgers – basically the list of rabbit specialties hops on and on… You should probably head on over there to have your own bunny-filled Easter Brunch as soon as possible!

 

Lonesome Dove Western Bistro – Fort Worth, TX

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Chef Tim Love is serving up rabbit in a yummy abundance at his Lonesome Dove Western Bistro in the Fort Worth Stockyards. On the appetizer menu, you’ll find the true Texas dish of Rabbit-Rattlesnake Sausage, where you can be the ultimate top of the food chain as you devour both prey and predator alike. You can also get Rabbit Confit with Seared Scallops as an appetizer and Rabbit Tenderloin and Confit Leg with Sheperd’s Pie for a main course.

Meddlesome Moth – Dallas, TX

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 Instead of millions of moths, which you might expect to find at a restaurant named the Meddlesome Moth,  you’ll find over 40 craft beers on tap in this gastropub located in the Design District of Dallas. And what goes perfectly with a cold brew? Why, a warm and delightful rabbit pot pie of course! You’ll enjoy dining and drinking by the light of stained-glass paintings of Rock and Roll royalty like Elvis and Jerry Lee Lewis.

Boiler House Texas Grill and Wine Garden – San Antonio, TX

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At The Boiler House, you can get your Texas cuisine with a side of history. Located in the northern banks of the San Antonio River Walk, this restaurant is housed in one of the original buildings of the 1883 Pearl Brewery Complex that has since been revitalized into a plaza and park.  Among the Boiler Houses’s many unique Texas dishes like Dr Pepper Tomatillo Hog Jowls and Bison Meatballs, you will find Smoked Rabbit Porchetta, which is a gluten friendly appetizer that you can devour with a Texas wine or craft beer to help you truly celebrate this bunny-tastic holiday.

Easter Sunrise Services in Texas

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Wake Up!  While most everybody gets excited about the Easter Bunny, don’t forget that Easter is a time to celebrate Jesus and the fact that He rose from the grave.  It happened early on Easter morning nearly 2000 years ago, and to this day, folks still like to wake up before the sun to kick off the Easter celebration.  Because if Jesus can muster up the ability to rise from the dead, then you can muster the ability to rise from the bed.

If you’ve never attended an Easter Sunrise Service, you definitely should.  It’s a truly special time.  To help you make this the year, here’s a list of many sunrise services to be found across the state. While this list is in no way comprehensive, it will definitely help you get started.

Bolivar Peninsula Easter “Son Rise” Service – Crystal Beach, TX

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Join the Ministerial Alliance at 7 a.m. on March 27 for their annual sunrise service on the beach off of West Lane on the Bolivar Peninsula which is about an hour outside of Galveston. Watch the sunrise over the ocean and enjoy live music, choir and worship. Bring your own chair to sit in. For more information at www.bolivarpeninsulatexas.com.

Easter Sunrise Service at McNair Park – Sunrise Beach, TX

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The First Baptist Church of Sunrise Beach is hosting a Sunrise Service from 6:30-7:30 a.m. on Easter morning, March 27, at the McNair Park Pavilion on the shore of Lake LBJ. Refreshments will be served before and after the service. For more information, visit http://www.fbcsrb.org/easter.

Easter Sunrise Service on The Mound – Flower Mound, TX

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The Summit Club of Flower Mound and the Women of Flower Mound have been hosting a sunrise service on the Flower Mound since 1974, and this year the Rockpointe Church is conducting the service. It will be on The Flower Mound at 6:30 a.m. on March 27. There will also be replicas of the three crosses, and donuts and coffee will be provided. The Summit Club suggests that guests arrive at 6:15 a.m. and bring their own chairs. For more information, go to http://www.summitclub.org/.

Sunrise Service at Rockport Beach – Rockport, TX

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Gather your family and join the First United Methodist Church in worship at their beach-side sunrise service at 7 a.m. on March 27 at the Rockport Beach. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own chairs. You can find the details at www.mychurchevents.com.

Central Presbyterian Easter Sunrise Worship Service – Austin, TX

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The Central Presbyterian Church is hosting a sunrise service at 6:30 a.m. at the Zilker Clubhouse patio on March 27. Following the service, there will be a breakfast at 9 a.m. in Smoot Hall. After breakfast, kids can enjoy a Easter symbol hunt as well as a “Flowering of the Cross” in which families are encouraged to bring flowers from their front yards to adorn the cross. For more information on these events, go to http://www.cpcaustin.org/ministries-fellowship/worship/.

Holy Word Austin Easter Sunrise Service – Austin, TX

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Holy Word Austin is hosting a sunrise service at 7 a.m. on Easter Morning, March 27, at Pioneer Farms, followed by an Easter Egg hung for children 8 and under. Donuts and drinks will be provided at the service, and at 8:45 a.m. a full complimentary breakfast will be served at Holy Word Austin. Visit http://holyword.net/easter/ for more information. 

Grace Lutheran Church Easter Sunrise Service – San Antonio, TX

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Grace Lutheran Church is hosting a sunrise service with multiple Lutheran Churches in the area at the Arneson River Theater. After the service at 7 a.m. on March 27. There will be a breakfast taco meal at the Grace Lutheran Church following the service. For more information, go to www.gracesa.org.

Christian Church of Midland Sunrise Service – Midland, TX

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The Christian Church of Midland is hosting a sunrise service at their building at 7:30 a.m. on March 27 and the entire community is invited. For more details, go to http://www.ccofm.com/.

Easter in East Dallas – Dallas, TX

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Join Munger Place Church for a sunrise service at 6:45 a.m. on March 27 in Garrett Park, which is across the street from the church. There will be food, family pictures, a petting zoo and more. To learn more about the service, go to Munger Place Church’s website: http://www.mungerplace.org/easter/.

Glen Rose Community Easter Sunrise Service - Glen Rose, TX

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The Ministerial Alliance of Glen Rose is hosting a sunrise service with several churches in the area at 7 a.m. on Easter Sunday, March 27, at Glen Lake camp. The service, which will last about an hour, will be lead by Pastor James Oliver. You can find more information at the Ministerial Alliance’s Facebook page or at Cornerstone Christian Fellowship Church’s website.

 First United Methodist Church – Huntsville, TX

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Join First United Methodist Church from 7-8 a.m. on March 27 for a sunrise service on their front lawn. There will be worship and community. For the details, check out their website: http://huntsvillefumc.org/.

The ULTIMATE Bluebonnet Road Trip

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It’s the time of year when wildflowers are popping up all over the countryside painting Texas in shades of red, blue, yellow and white. Here at “The Daytripper” we respect the beauty of all wildflowers, but because we’re Texan, we must say the bluebonnet is the best (it is our state wildflower after all). So, to make sure you get your fill of bluebonnet beauty, we’ve planned the Ultimate Bluebonnet Road Trip through the heart of the Hill Country.

Here’s the map…

Wildflower Road Route

First, you’re going to start in Burnet, TX as Burnet County is the “Official Bluebonnet Co-Capital of Texas.”  Here you’ll drive through rolling hills with bluebonnets bursting along the highways. While you’re in town, don’t miss the photo op with this awesome giant bluebonnet sculpture.  bluebonnet

Next, take Highway 29 west into your second stop - Llano, TX, the heart of Llano County which is the other “Official Bluebonnet Co-Capital of Texas.” You’ll see more beautiful hill country granite and more beautiful shades of blue.

Your third destination is a detour through the Willow City Loop which is a 13-mile scenic drive that will take you through creeks and hills all sprinkled with bluebonnets and wildflowers. The land surrounding the road is private so just enjoy the scenery from your car. To get there from Llano, head south on State Highway 16 and turn left onto Willow City Loop.  Follow this road through twists and turns until you hit Farm Road 1323, then take a right toward Willow City, TX. This road will take you back to State Highway 16.

By this time, you’ll probably be starving for lunch. Just down State Highway 16 is the Knot in the Loop Saloon where you can dine on burgers and sip a cold one while the jukebox plays old tunes.

IMG_0380After lunch, jump back on Highway 16 south into Fredericksburg, TX, where you’re sure to see tons of beautiful flowers and plenty of fun distractions. In Fredericksburg, hop onto US Highway 290 East and ride it through the 290 wine trail all the way to Johnson City, TX.  After that, follow US Highway 281 North to Marble Falls, TX and you’ll be just in time for Pie Happy Hour at The Blue Bonnet Cafe where you can get a slice of historic pie and your drink of choice for $4.  This will be the happiest happy hour ever.

Finish the trip by traveling up 281 back to Burnet, TX.  And you my friends have just taken the ULTIMATE BLUEBONNET ROAD TRIP through the Hill Country.

 

Spring Trippin’ Gear!

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We know that Spring means you’re ready to get out and about and enjoy the sunshine and wildflowers, and we’ve got you covered for all your spring trippin’ needs over at the Daytripper General Store.

In our SWAG LAB, we’ve created the perfect hats to keep you cool, sunburn free and styling on all your day tripping adventures. While you’re enjoying the sunshine, you can sip lemonade from a Daytripper Nalgene Water Bottle or coffee in a Vaya Con Dios Travel Mug. Or you can enjoy a cold one from our Daytripper Stainless Steel Double-Wall Pint Cup. No matter what you’re drinking, the Daytripper Koozie will provide style and comfort.

If you’re looking for day trips to take this spring, we’ve got that taken care of too; you can purchase digital versions of our episodes HERE. And remember to trip in your Daytripper shirts and share pictures with us of your awesome adventures!

Happy Trippin!

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Kid Museum Fun for Spring Break

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Spring Break is coming up, and that means you’re probably looking for fun ways to spend the extra days with your family. Instead of lounging in front of the TV all week, let your kids learn while having fun!  Check out our list of children’s museums around Texas that are sure to keep you and your kids busy and smiling. Disclaimer: This list isn’t comprehensive, but it will get you started!

Children’s Museum of Houston

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Address: 1500 Binz St., Houston, TX 77004

Website: www.cmhouston.org

Hours: Tues. – Sat. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

At the Children’s Museum of Houston, kids can spend the day learning everything from how water works to cyber science in 14 hands-on exhibits. They can visit Kidtropolis, a city replica where they can take on government roles and have whatever career they choose. Kids will have a splash at the museum’s FlowWorks, an interactive exhibit where kids can explore the properties of water by playing with it. At the Matter Factory exhibit, kids can pretend to be scientists and get a glimpse into the future, experimenting with different materials and discovering their properties. Admission to the museum is $12 for children and adults, and every Thursday night from 5-8 p.m. is Free Family Night.

 

The Thinkery

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Address: 1830 Simond Ave., Austin, TX 78723

Website: www.thinkeryaustin.org

Hours: Tues. – Fri. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sat – Sun. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

At the Thinkery, kids of all ages will have fun learning through art, science, math and more. At Space 8, kids 8 and up can put on their thinking caps to create new inventions, the Kitchen Lab allows kids to learn about food through hands-on experiments, and in Our Backyard, children can climb on an innovative playground or splash around with water toys. Admission is $9 for adults and children, and kids 0-23 months are free.

 

The DoSeum

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Address: 2800 Broadway St., San Antonio, TX 78209

Website: www.thedoseum.org

Hours: Mon – Fri 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sat 9 a.m. -5 p.m., Sun 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

The DoSeum (pronounced Doo-See-Um) makes entertaining kids of different ages easy. It has a giant outdoor space called Big Outdoors that is zoned into different sections based on age and noise level where kids can explore, climb and discover to their heart’s content. At the Innovation Station, kids are free to use their imaginations to create and solve problems. Kids can channel their inner-spy at the Spy Academy, where they’ll recieve a mission and can use team work to find a solution. Admission is $12 for kids and adults; babies under one are free. Every first and third Tuesday of the month is H-E-B Free Family Night.

 

Fort Worth Museum of Science and History

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Address: 1600 Gendy St., Ft. Worth, TX 76107

Website: www.fwmuseum.org

Hours: Mon – Sat. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sun. Noon – 5 p.m.

At the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, kids can explore tons of subjects. At the DinoLabs and DinoDig kids can search for authentic fossils or build their own dinosaur. The Children’s Museum is a place where kids 8 and under can learn about natural science through hands-on exhibits and view live reptiles in their natural habitats. The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History also has an IMAX theater where kids can catch an educational show about subjects like tornadoes and the rain forest. Admission for the museum is $11 for kids 2-12 and $15 for adults, and includes a visit to the Planetarium.

 

Science Spectrum & OMNI Theater

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Address: 2579 S. Loop 289 #250, Lubbock, TX 79423

Website: www.sciencespectrum.org

Hours: Mon. – Fri. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sun. 1-5 p.m.

The Science Spectrum in Lubbock, TX has something for everyone on its three floors of exhibits. Kids under 5 can enjoy the Children’s Museum which includes a pretend supermarket, vet clinic and more. At the Physical Science exhibits, kids can learn about momentum, electrical circuits and more through hands-on learning. There’s also a Bubbles room, an exhibit with live reptiles and snakes and the Tinker Counter where kids can build creations. The Science Spectrum also has an OMNI Theater and an aquarium filled with Texas wildlife. Admission is $8 for adults, $6.50 for kids ages 3 – 12 and free for kids under 2.

Perot Museum of Nature and Science

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Address: 2201 N. Field Street, Dallas, TX 75201

Website: www.perotmuseum.org

Hours: Mon. – Sat. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

At the Perot Museum, kids will learn about science and the world around them through its 11 permanent exhibits. Children under 5 can explore an indoor nature hike and learn about careers in the Dallas Farmer’s Market at the Moody Family Children’s Museum. At the Lamar Hunt Family Sports Hall, kids will learn about physiology and physics by studying their own body in motion through different sports. The Expanding Universe Hall allows kids to take a trip to the moon by taking a 3D animated journey through space and learn about how light travels through different experiments. There’s also a theater that plays 3D movies. Admission is $12 for kids 2-17 and $19 for adults. The first Thursday of every month the museum stays open late from 5 – 9 p.m.

Discovery Science Place

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Address: 308 N. Broadway Ave., Tyler, TX 75702

Website: www.discoveryscienceplace.org

Hours: Tues. – Sat. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sun. 1-5 p.m.

Kids will have fun fueling their imagination with Discovery Science Place’s hands-on exhibits. At Hometown, USA, kids can pretend in a replica of a town with a bank, grocery store, bank and more. They can learn about broadcast journalism on the “set” of CBS19 Kids TV station with a control room and a working camera.  At the Buford Kinetics Gallery, kids use balls and different activities to learn about motion. Admission is $6 for kids 2-12 and $8 for adults ages 13 and up. Children under 2 are free.

McKenna Children’s Museum

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Address: 801 W. San Antonio St., New Braunfels, TX 78130

Website: www.mckennakids.org

Hours: Mon. – Sat. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

McKenna Children’s Museum provides children with the opportunity to explore and be creative. In the Art Studio, children become artists creating sand art, painting on canvases and making crafts. At Destination Space, kids can imagine life as an astronaut by getting a chance to pilot their own space ship and trying on space suits. In The Great Outdoors, kids can climb on the playground, build with blocks and enjoy all kinds of water activities. Admission is $7.50.

Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History

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Address: 1900 N. Chaparral St., Corpus Christi, TX 78401

Website: www.ccmuseum.com

Hours: Tues. – Sat. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sun. 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

This museum has something for everyone. Kids can learn about Corpus Christi’s history and historic shipwrecks. At the Paleontology exhibit, kids will discover more about dinosaurs and young kids can enjoy the Children’s Wharf. Throughout the museum, they’ll also learn about Earth Science and Coastal Ecology. The Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History also has a Theater Troupe that performs historical reenactments and demonstrations. Admission is $7 for kids 3-12, $9 for adults and free for children 2 and under.

21 – “Season 7 Tales from the Road, Part 2″

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Join us this episode as the crew gathers around and shares some of our favorite stories from the second half of Season 7. We take a “daytrip” down memory lane through Balmorhea, Sulphur Springs and San Angelo. If you missed these episodes, have no fear! You can watch them online or purchase them from the The Daytripper General Store.

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The Fight for Texas Independence

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Countless men fought and sacrificed their lives so that Texas could be independent. In honor of Texas’s 180th Birthday on March 2, here is a timeline of  the events that led to Texas’s freedom from Mexico in 1836.

October 2, 1835 – Battle of Gonzales

It all started in Gonzales, when a troop of Mexican soldiers arrived to reclaim a cannon from the Texan colonists that Mexico loaned them for protection against the Indians. Already angered by Santa Anna’s tyranny, the Texans refused to surrender the cannon and taunted the Mexican soldiers with a call to “Come and Take It.”  On Oct. 2, the Texan colonists attacked the Mexican troops, sparking the Texas Revolution.

December 5, 1835 – Siege of Bexar 

This was the first real battle of the Texas Revolution. After the Gonzales conflict, the Texan soldiers followed the Mexican troops back to San Antonio de Bexar, which was a Mexican military garrison and the center of commerce. After a few small skirmishes, on Dec. 5, Benjamin R. Milam and Francis W. Johnson led a surprise attack on the town. After five days of fighting, the Texans seized the town from Mexican General Martin Perfecto de Cos and gained control of the Alamo.

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After taking the Alamo, many Texan volunteers left the city to return to their families. The remaining Texans were caught by surprise when General Santa Anna and his army arrived on Feb. 23 and trapped them in the mission.  Santa Anna demanded the Texans surrender, but Travis refused with a cannon shot prompting the Mexicans to attack the fort, starting the 13-day Battle of the Alamo.

Feb. 24, 1836 – Travis Writes “Victory or Death” Letter

After withstanding cannon fire and attacks for 24 hours, Commander William Barret Travis knew they were doomed without reinforcements. He penned a letter to the “people of Texas and all Americans in the world” pleading for help and stating his intentions to “never going to surrender or retreat.” It was “Victory or Death.” While a few troops did arrive on March 1, the Texans were still greatly outnumbered.

March 2, 1836 - Convention of 1836   

With The Alamo under siege, a provisional Texas government, consisting of 59 elected men, met at Independence Hall in Washington-on-the-Brazos to decide Texas’s future. Together they wrote a new Constitution and the Texas Declaration of Independence, establishing Texas as a new sovereign nation.

March 6, 1836 - Fall of the Alamo  

At 5 a.m. on March 6, General Santa Anna called for a surprise attack on the Alamo. His officers argued that there was no justification for attacking the Texans when they were already low on supplies and would probably surrender within days, but Santa Anna was insistent. The Mexican army fired cannons at all four walls of the Alamo and attacked. The battle lasted 90 minutes and left 189 Texas men dead.

March 27, 1836 – Goliad Massacre 

Fannin Memorial  Monument marks where Fannin and his men are buried.

Fannin Memorial Monument marks where Fannin and his men are buried.

Less than a month after the fall of the Alamo, the Texas army was increasing in number which angered Santa Anna.  As a result, he ordered that any prisoners taken in battle against Mexico be shot. Commander James Walker Fannin, Jr. and his men surrendered at the Battle of Coleto on the condition that they be treated as prisoners of war and escorted back to the United States as soon as possible. Mexican General Mexia agreed to Fannin’s terms and delivered the prisoners to Presidio at La Bahia in Goliad. However, instead of honoring his promise, on March 27, Mexican guards marched the Texan men out of camp and executed them by the side of the road. Fannin and the other injured soldiers were executed in front of the Bahia Chapel.

April 21, 1836 – Battle of San Jacinto   

This was the last major battle in the Texas Revolution. On the morning of April 21, General Sam Houston and the Texan army found themselves camped near a small bayou less than a mile from Santa Anna and the Mexican army.  At 3:30pm in the afternoon, all was quiet in the Mexican camp.  With cries of “Remember the Alamo” and “Remember Goliad” ringing in the air, the Texan army surprise-attacked the napping Mexican troops. The battle only lasted 18 minutes, but during that short time 630 Mexicans were killed and 730 were taken prisoner. Santa Anna escaped during the fight, but was captured the next morning in the grass, dressed as a common soldier.

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Henry William Huddle painted “Surrender of Santa Anna” in 1886.

May 14, 1836 – Treaties of Velasco were Signed 

After his capture at the Battle of San Jacinto, Santa Anna was taken to Velasco, TX where he signed a treaty stating he could never fight against Texas and that Mexico would immediately evacuate the new republic, officially ending the Texas Revolution. Texas was its own sovereign nation for nearly a decade before joining the United States in 1845 and becoming its 28th state.

For more information on Texas’s road to victory, visit the Texas State Historical Association or The Alamo’s website.