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!

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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!!

Trippin’ with Best Western

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We’re gonna take a moment here to REALLY thank one of our awesome new sponsors.  If you’ve been watching Season 6, you know that Best Western Hotels of Texas recently teamed up with us and it couldn’t be a better fit.  As you know, we LOVE traveling to small towns, and there’s a Best Western in almost every one.  In fact, there are 231 Best Westerns across the Lone Star State.  That’s a BUNCH!

For Seasons 1-5, we stayed at a number of Best Western Hotels, but now we get to stay at one on every shoot.  The free wi-fi is always awesome, and our new ritual is to have our breakfast meeting over their free breakfast buffet.  Because what’s a good night’s sleep if you don’t have a good breakfast to go along with it?

So, as you plan your trips, vacations, spring breaks or other roaming across Texas, be sure to include Best Western in those plans.  We truly appreciate our sponsors, and literally wouldn’t have a show without them.  Thank you Best Western.

Here’s the spot we made for them.

Here’s us at our breakfast meeting in Schulenburg.

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Episode 007 – Jordan Breal, Texas Travel Writer

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For the Daytripper Episode 007 we welcome Jordan Breal, travel writer for Texas Monthly. Join us as we talk about our favorite places to travel, foods we love…and avoid, places to stay, the state food, a lighting round and so much more. We had a great time with Jordan and we know you will love an inside view of this great Texas travel writer.

You can find out more about and follow Jordan at…

Texas Monthly Travel Page
The Wanderer Travel Blog
Twitter – @jordanbreal

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Meet the Crew – Richie Lozano

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Howdy Daytrippers, today we continue our series on the blog called “Meet the Crew.” This week we feature Richie Lozano…and he decided to take a different approach. After all, one of his roles is DP for the show.

Richie will be answering the following questions:
Where do you call home in Texas?
What’s your role and how did you get involved with The Daytripper?
What’s been your favorite episode to film and why?
What’s the best thing you’ve ever eaten while on a shoot and what is your go-to road snack?
What’s the funniest/weirdest thing you remember happening on a shoot?
What kind of music do you like to rock out to on the road?
What’s the craziest thing you’ve done for the show?
What’s your idea of the perfect day trip?​

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2015 Calendar is HERE

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Our 2015 calendar is here.  It’s 12 months of ridiculousness that will certainly inspire you to travel Texas.  Who needs bikinis or lighthouses when you’ve got The Daytripper.

Calendars are 12.95 with FREE SHIPPING (as always) and are available HERE.

Order Online Now.

Happy Trippin’ in 2015.

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Meet the Crew – Kellie Baldwin

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Howdy Daytrippers, today we are starting a new series on the blog called “Meet the Crew.” This will be an opportunity for them to share a little about themselves and insight into what they do on the show. First up is Kellie Baldwin.

What’s your name and where do you call home in Texas?
Kellie Baldwin, born and raised in Austin, Texas. So I’m a real Austinite, a dying breed these days!

What’s your role on The Daytripper?
I run sound for The Daytripper, but that wasn’t always my position. I started as the original intern for Season One and worked my way up to Assistant Camera and finally Audio. That’s right, setting that intern bar pretty high!

How did you get involved with The Daytripper?
Several years ago I was taking classes at ACC. While I was returning some gear to the RTF department one day, Nate, the equipment manager, asked if I’d be interested in helping him and his buddy from UT film school (Chet) on a new TV show they were working on. I said yes, of course, but then months went by without hearing anything further about the project. Just as I had almost forgotten about the offer, Nate emailed me asking if I was still interested. “Indeed, I am,” I replied and he responded, “Great we start filming next week!” So I immediately had to go in to work and request off for two weeks to film Season One!

What’s been your favorite episode to film and why?
I’ve gotta say Marfa, just because it’s been so entirely different compared to all the other locations. Once you get out into West Texas, the terrain changes and the drive gets really pretty. You feel like you’re not even in the same state. We shot the episode in the winter, so it was bitterly cold and the wind was constantly slapping us across the face. I lost feeling in my toes at one point. But everything was so new to me and the people in town were all such characters, I couldn’t help but get sucked in. It’s that remoteness and extremeness that really appeal to me!

What’s the best thing you’ve ever eaten while on a shoot?
You’d think this would be a tough question with all the restaurants we visit on the show. But the answer came to me right away. Have you ever been somewhere away from home and eaten a meal so delicious that your heart immediately sinks a little bit because you know you’ll rarely, if ever, get to taste that meal again? This has happened twice in my life – once in Rome when I ate raspberry and coconut gelato, and once when I enjoyed the Pecan Sweet Chicken from Pecan Street Brewing in Johnson City. It’s a chicken breast breaded and covered in their honey butter pecan sauce. It’s dinner and dessert in one meal.

What’s the funniest/weirdest thing you remember happening on a shoot?
Oh man, this one’s borderline embarrassing. We were at the zoo in Waco and got to take a sneak peek at the orangutan exhibit before it was open to the public. Our guide was giving us the run down on orangutans – facts like they’re highly intelligent but can be quite aggressive and territorial, and advice like don’t look them in the eyes because they’ll see it as a threat. As soon as I got off the golf cart and started walking towards the cage, keeping my eyes down a bit, I heard this guttural, primal sound coming from the orangutan. I stopped and braved a look up him, and he continued this sound, clearly directing it towards me. “My goodness,” I thought, “what have I done to offend this giant creature?” That’s when the guide spoke up and informed me that the sound the orangutan was making was his mating call and he was directing it towards me because my red hair is similar to the color of their fur. Getting hit on by a primate? Check! The crew bought a little orangutan stuffed animal in the gift shop and gave it to me as a joke. It’s still in my room to this day.

What is your go-to road trip snack?
Gummy bears, gummy bears, gummy bears. They are my lifeblood at about 4:00 in the afternoon when I hit that lull and need a boost. I’ve also been on a big Kind bar kick lately. Beef jerky, of course, and glacier cherry Gatorade.

What kind of music do you like to rock out to on the road?
I recently decided that the best band to jam to on a road trip is Credence Clearwater Revival. Also, anything from the 90’s – Mariah Carey, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, TLC, Salt-N-Pepa. Two other songs in particular that stick out are “Fame” by David Bowie and “Wish You Were Here” by The Rolling Stones. Lots of opportunities for dance moves.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve done for the show?
I think the word “ridiculous” is more appropriate for this show than “crazy!” I’ve dressed up in countless costumes. I’ve stood within about 6 feet of a giant alligator in Beaumont to shoot B-roll. I’ve done some pretty silly effects work like crouching down below the camera and tossing up tooth picks to make it look like Chet is splintering a pool cue. The last time we went zip lining, I secretly asked the guide to show me how to zip upside down. To all the crew’s surprise, on the very last line of the tour, I came out upside down and spinning around in circles! It is so choice, if you have the means I highly recommend picking it up.

What’s your idea of the perfect day trip?​
As long as it’s somewhere new to me, I’m in! Recently I found a quote that really struck a chord with me – “My favorite thing to do is to go where I’ve never been.”

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Daytripper Bar-B-Q Bus Tour!

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Join us on January 31, 2015 as we head West from Georgetown and stop at some of our favorite places to eat featuring some of the finest Bar-B-Q around. We’ve got three Bar-B-Q joints selected and we will finish off with an amazing, legendary desert. You won’t want to miss this tour!

This is the perfect gift for your favorite Daytripper fan or even for yourself. We will leave from Georgetown, the Most Beautiful Square in Texas.

Date: January 31, 2015
Departing at 9AM and returning by 6PM.
Cost is $149.99 per person which includes everything top to bottom (food, transport, fun, games, shenanigans). The only thing not covered is any alcohol/souvenirs you may buy along the way.

Get your tickets online in the Daytripper General Store!