Chet loves Texas and loves Bar-B-Q, which means he considers his job to be the greatest job on earth. Chet is the creator, executive producer, writer, editor, and host of the five-time Emmy-award winning “The Daytripper.” Chet is also a proud husband, proud father of 4, eagle scout, monthly contributor to Texas Highways Magazine, and firm believer in John 10:10 – “I have come that you may have life, and live it to the fullest.” TWITTER INSTAGRAM
Todd is a Producer, Photographer and Videographer with the Daytripper. When he is not on the road with the crew, Todd spends his time working on fashion and commercial photography/videography projects with publication credits in Vogue and People.
A Texan native and Christ follower, Daniel is an editor on The Daytripper, proud husband and father of two. To his friends and family he may be called Daniel, but on the road the crew knows him as “Pantsless Dan.” Don’t ask…
Tosha is our Office Administrator and a native Austinite. Outside the office she is an active volunteer, loves to travel with her family, cook, bake, and an avid kickboxer.
Linsey started out as an intern and Daytripper fan-girl, and has worked her way up to Writer and Web/Social Media Editor. A sixth generation Texan, she feels so blessed to get paid to write about Texas while hanging out with the crew of her favorite TV show!
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Chet will be joining the friendly folks at Supply the Teachers to host the first ever “Chet Chat,” which is a live discussion about all things comedy, history, art and Texas. This event will benefit Supply the Teachers, a non-profit helping Texas teachers keep their classrooms supplied for education without having to use their own money.
And to make things even better, there will be a silent auction to bid on awesome prizes like a dinner for 4 with Chet or a necklace and earrings from designer Kendra Scott. Admission to the discussion is $20 or for $40 you can get a VIP Ticket and a Meet & Greet with Chet!
The “Chet Chat” starts at 6:30 p.m. on April 26 at the AISD Performing Arts Center. So what are you waiting for? BUY TICKETS NOW.
Summer is coming up and you may want to travel the world…but honestly a 20+ hour flight is no one’s favorite part of a trip, and using new currencies is always difficult. So to avoid airports and save you time, here’s a way you can travel the world…while staying in Texas. Here’s a list of Texas cities with names of different countries and the best part is that they are only a day trip away!
Want to take a trip to Canada, but don’t want to deal with the cold? Well you’re in luck. Almost two hours away from Amarillo is Canadian, TX. Contrary to what you might think, this town wasn’t named after Canada or its residents at all. It is actually named for the Canadian River that runs through town. And while you probably won’t be able to perfect your French speaking here as these are a different kind of Canadians, you can spend your time hiking the 3,225 ft. Canadian River Walking Bridge. There’s also a 50 ft. dinosaur statue in town named Aud.
You won’t find the Great Wall of China in this town that’s just 20 minutes outside of Beaumont, but you will find a big grove of chinaberry trees. The Texas and New Orleans Railroad ran through China, TX when this town was established in the late 1800s and it was named for the grove of chinaberry trees that grew near the town’s water stop. And strangely enough, just like Rice Farming is a booming industry in the China of East Asia, rice is also a huge aspect of China, Texas’s economy.
You don’t have to travel to the Middle East to find Palestine…no, you just have to travel to the middle of East Texas and an hour away from Tyler is Palestine, TX. This town actually wasn’t even named for the Palestine across the sea, it was named after Palestine, Illinois. Here, you’ll find all kinds of crazy things like Curious which is a hands-on museum for anyone who’s ever been curious (so basically everyone) and the Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility, where NASA creates giant balloons to study space.
Ireland, TX sits just over an hour from Waco. And sadly, it wasn’t named after the magical land of four leaf clovers that we all want to visit. It was actually named for John Ireland, the governor of Texas in the 1880s. And while it reached its peak population in 1920 of 400 people after the railroad was built, everyone left once the railroad was abandoned. It is now a ghost town with a population of 60. You won’t find any leprechauns here, but you can still see the dilapidated post office, gas station and general store.
You can say “ciao, bella” to the “Biggest Little Town in Texas” that’s only 45 minutes away from Dallas. Italy, TX (pronounced IT-LEE, ya’ll) got its name because the postmaster who named it thought this little Texas town had the same sunny, warm weather as Italy. There may not be a Roman Colosseum in the middle of town, but don’t despair, there’s something cooler to take a selfie with…The Starship Pegasus. It was built in 2005 as a tribute to the Star Trek ship “The Starship Enterprise,” and was supposed to become an arcade and restaurant, but that never stuck. Even though it sort of looks like a spaceship crash site now, it wouldn’t be highly illogical for you to take a trek to it for a picture.
Stop in for crumpets and tea with the Queen in London, TX which is just east of Austin. Actually you’d be hard-pressed to find a queen or crumpets in this small unincorporated community in Kimble County, but I bet you’ll still find some friendly folks. According to the historical marker where London Town Square used to be, it was almost called “Bettie Lewis” after the postmaster’s wife. But since no one but the postmaster and his wife liked that name, the town was named after London, Kentucky.
“Bonjour, y’all!” That’s what they say in Paris, TX which is just northeast of Dallas. This town actually was named for Paris, France when it was first settled in 1945. And just like its French counterpart, Paris, TX has its own Eiffel Tower. That’s right, we’ve got a Eiffel Tower right here in Texas…but ours is wearing a cowboy hat! And you can take a “tour de Paris” by riding your bike on the Trail de Paris which is a 5.94 mile trail that winds through the town.
This town that is just an hour outside of Houston was originally called “Mercer’s Crossing” but the name was changed when a severe drought hit in the 1800s, killing crops in the surrounding communities. Only Mercer’s Crossing was able to supply the surrounding towns with corn, causing people to start calling it the biblical name of “Egypt” (Gen. 41:54), and it stuck. Now most people think of ancient ruins when they think of Egypt, and if you go to Egypt, TX, you won’t be disappointed. You won’t be able to tour Egyptian pyramids in this town that’s just an hour outside of Houston, but instead you can tour the historic Egypt Plantation which was built by the Northington family in 1830 when Stephen F. Austin first called for colonists to move to Texas.
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!
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1. Go underground at Longhorn Cavern State Park
2. Tour a winery and sip some Texas wine
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
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
18. Get a paddle board lesson on Lake Marble Falls
19. Go off-roading at Hidden Falls Adventure Park
22. Watch the sunset from On the Rocks
23. Admire the beautiful Fall Creek waterfalls
24. Rope Swing into Krause Springs
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 Center
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 Cruise
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 Bluebonnet
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