Team Daytripper – MS 150


Hey Daytrippers, tomorrow is the MS 150 and Team Daytripper is riding again! This is a fun event for a great cause. There will be a group of over 12,000 riders biking from Houston to Austin over 2 days. This is an incredible opportunity to be a part of finding a cure for Multiple Sclerosis.

Until just a couple years ago, multiple sclerosis (“MS”) was a completely foreign disease to me.  However, I have been blessed with a brother-in-law and one of our producer’s wife who suffer from MS.  I have seen the daily effects and am honored to stand beside them in finding a life-saving cure.  The research is closer than ever and we can all be a part of it.  I’m also proud to say that my brother-in-law will again be riding with our team, which has doubled in size from last year!

This is going to be a fun event. If you are in the Houston area, we’d love to have you at one of the starting points to cheer the riders on as we start our journey. The ride kicks off in 3 locations - Tully Stadium in Houston, TX, Rhodes Stadium in Katy, TX and Waller Stadium in Waller, TX. If you are in the Austin area, we’d love to have you join us at the finish line to celebrate. We will arrive in Austin next to the Texas State Capitol. Events will be held there and the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum. Come on out and be a part of the celebration.

In addition to coming out for the event, please consider supporting my team on this ride, or anyone else you know that is riding. It’s going to be an EPIC year for the MS150 and I want you to be a part of it.

To donate, CLICK HERE.

Thank you for your support and encouragement!


Daytripping with Subaru


We here at the Daytripper love exploring Texas in our Subaru Forester. We’d like to take a moment to congratulate Subaru on winning the 2014 Motor Trend Sport/Utility of the Year® and the 2014 IIHS Top Safety Pick. Congratulations and well deserved.

We appreciate the support of Subaru as we continue to explore Texas!

photo4 (1)


NEW Texas Flag Shirts!


We just got some new shirts in and I am excited!  We have youth sizes and unisex adult sizes.  They are printed on a soft, ringspun shirt (Canvas Brand) and are cut in a modern fit, so size up if you want a looser shirt.

It’s the perfect shirt for Daytrippin’ Texas, or anywhere else you may roam.


Season 5, The Rest is Yet to Come


Ya’ll have been asking about new episodes and we have an answer. Stay tuned for the second half of Season 5 starting in May on your local PBS station. We have 5 new episodes packed with travel, culture and food and all about Texas!

In the meantime, take a moment to let your local PBS station know how much you love the Daytripper. We appreciate your support and love of the show. Trust me, we have a lot of fun creating these shows for you!

See ya’ll out on the road…Vaya Con Dios!

Teaching Texas History through Hats

Recently I had the opportunity to be a part of Texas day at the school at First Baptist Church in Georgetown. It was a day focused on all things Texas and obviously I was excited! The settlers of Texas wore many hats and each left their mark on this great state. What better way to teach Texas history to a group of kids than to get them involved in wearing some of the hats of our settlers. From Native Americans to Pirates to Germans to the classic Cowboy…we explored the heritage of Texas…Daytripper style.


Drive Clean Across Texas

Drive Clean Across Texas

Howdy Daytrippers! As the spring and summer travel season approaches, I wanted to remind you of great tips on driving clean as you Travel. One of our supporters, Drive Clean Across Texas, has great tips on driving clean and keeping Texas beautiful! See y’all out on the road…Vaya Con Dios!

Burnet Bus Trip
What do you call 50 daytrippers on a bus, cruising the Hill Country, eating BBQ, and stomping through caves?  A DANG GOOD TIME.
A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of leading a bus tour to Burnet, Texas.  We stopped at the eagle’s nest on Hwy 29 between Burnet and Llano, we ate BBQ at the Burnet Feed Store, we sampled wine at Perissos Vineyards, and then capped it off with a tour and dinner at Longhorn Cavern State Park.  It was an incredible time.  I’m always amazed at how fun the folks are that watch our program.  And I think I end up having just as much fun (or more) than they do.
Below are some pictures from the day.
If you want to join us on a future trip, make sure you are connected to our Facebook and Twitter.  And that you are on our email list.  Sign up HERE.

More Than a Day Trip: The Highland Lakes

Highland Lakes 2

If you’ve been watching The Daytripper, then you know one of our biggest supporters is The Highland Lakes of Burnet County.  They are the official tourism representative for all there is to do in Burnet County and all the really awesome cabins, hotels, and vacation homes that lie in the hills of Burnet County.

With summer coming up and warmer weather just around the corner, it’s time to start planning your next vacation! So, I thought it would be cool to share some info and pictures from these absolutely incredible properties.  Eventually, I’m going to try and stay at all of them, one at a time…

Ahoy Lakefront Resort on East Lake Buchanan


11510 RR 2341, Burnet, TX 78611

Arrowhead on East Lake Buchanan


10700 RR2341, Burnet, TX, 78611

Balcones Springs Retreat and Conference Center


14425 E. FM 1431, Marble Falls, TX, 78654

Barefoot Cottage


2122 CR 118, Burnet, TX 78611


Bella Vista


1455 Cimarron Ranch Rd., Marble Falls, TX 78654

Big Chief Resort on East Lake Buchanan


1420 FM 690, Burnet, TX, 78611

Breeze Terrace on Lake LBJ


120 Boutilier, Burnet, TX, 78611


Camp Balcones Springs


104 Camp Balcones Springs Dr., Marble Falls, TX, 78654

Camp Champions


775 Camp Road, Marble Falls, TX, 78654

Camp Peniel


6716 E. FM 1431, Marble Falls, TX 78654

Canyon of the Eagles on East Lake Buchanan


16942 RR 2341, Burnet, TX 78611

Casa Verde on Lake LBJ


116 Boutillier, Burnet, TX, 78611


Cassie Waterfront on East Lake Buchanan


702 North Chaparral, Buchanan Dam, TX

Cedar Rock on Lake LBJ


908 Clen Oak Pkwy Burnetm, TX 78611


Chanticleer Log Cabin


PO Box 232, Spicewood, TX 78669

Chevy Cove Lake House on Lake LBJ


202 Oak St., Kingsland, TX 78639


Cool Waters Lake House on Lake LBJ


916 Clen Oak Parkway, Burnet, TX 78611


Creek Side Camp and Cabins


222 Hatchett Hill, Marble Falls, TX, 78654

Dal Nonno


PO Box 232, Spicewood, TX 78669

El Rio Cottages on Lake LBJ


14757 FM 1431, Kingsland, TX 78639

Harmony School Summer Arts Camp


1503 Mormon Mill Rd., Marble Falls, TX, 78654

Heart of Texas Lake Resort on Lake LBJ


408 Clen Oak Pkwy, Burnet, TX 78611

Horseshoe Bay North Condo


416 Horseshoe Bay North, Marble Falls, TX, 78654


Inks Lake State Park


345 County Road 117, Burnet, TX, 78611


Isaac Millsap Vacation Home


Marble Falls, TX, 78654

Lake LBJ Motel


13813 W FM 1431, Kingsland, TX, 78639

Lake LBJ Yacht Club and Cabin Rentals


200 S. Wirtz Damn Rd., Marble Falls, TX 78657

Lake Travis Ranch House


Spicewood, TX 78669

Lakeside Lodge on East Lake Buchanan


201 Lakewood Drive, Burnet, TX 78611

The Villas at Legends on LBJ


105 Range Way Circle, Kingsland, TX 78639

Little Lodge on the Lake


336 Campa Pajama, Kingsland, TX, 78639

Loch Lone Star on Lake LBJ


1406 Wofford Dr., Burnet, TX 78611

Log Country Cove on Lake LBJ


617 Log Country Cove, Burnet, TX 78611

Mary Millsap Vacation Home


Marble Falls, Texas 78654

Mema and Pepas House


403 Clen Oak Pkwy, Burnet, TX 78611




1741 CR 343, Marble Falls, TX 78654

Painted Sky Inn on East Lake Buchanan


1400 CR 128, Burnet, TX 78611

Paradise Landing


716 CR 136 A, Kingsland, TX 78639


Perrine Waterfront Vacation Home on Buchanan


1307 Council St., Burnet, TX 78611

Rainbow Hearth Sanctuary on East Lake Buchanan


1330 Waterway Lane, Burnet, TX 78611

San Gabriel River Inn


8327 CR 210 Bertram, TX, 78605

Shady Grove


712 Circle Dr. Kingsland, TX, 78639


Spicewood Cottage


1100 Rustic Lane, Spicewood, TX, 78669

Sunset Cliff Escape on East Lake Buchanan


3321 Sunset Cliff Rd, Burnet, TX, 78611

Sunset Cottage on Lake LBJ


Sweet Retreat


124 Granite Kingsland, TX

Terrace View


910 Clen Oak Pkwy, Burnet, TX, 78611 


The Farr Side on Lake Travis


Hwy. 1431 West, Marble Falls, TX, 78654

The Oak House on Lake LBJ


563 Shoals Pkwy, Burnet, Texas 78611 

The Tree House at Cockleburr Cove on Inks Lake


Burnet, Texas 78611

Thunderbird Resort on East Lake Buchanan


200 Greenwood Hills Trail, Burnet, Texas 78611

Trippin’ on the Grid with AT&T

Guad Peak with text

Sometimes it’s good to go “off-the-grid” and find a place where you are completely unreachable.  A land with no computers, no social media, and no cell phones.  Everyone needs to make time in life to unplug.

However, when you are producing a crazy TV show with crew scrambling through shot lists, costumes getting thrown together, and locations being confirmed and reconfirmed, going “off-the-grid” is a bad thing.  We rely heavily on our phones in the field, and if they aren’t working we are left with nothing but a wink and a prayer hoping things go smoothly.  Sometimes it works, but generally, it doesn’t.  We need our phones all over Texas, not just in the cities and on the highways.

For a decade, I was a loyal customer to my old cell phone company.  However, there was a little problem with their coverage.  It was called The Texas Hill Country.  Make that West Texas completely.  They seemed to forget that it even existed.  And this was one of the major carriers.  Their coverage dropped off just past the I-35 corridor.  I spend a lot of time out West, so this was a big, big problem.  Then I found AT&T who let me test out their phones all over the state.  See their coverage map below.

ATT Coverage

I could actually make calls in the Hill Country.  What a revelation!  I could stream music and podcasts on my cross-Texas road trips.  I could share photos from the back country in places like Guadalupe Mountains National Park (pictured above).  I could stay in touch with Daytrippers all over Texas while I was traveling all over Texas.  After just one day trip, I made it final and broke up with my old carrier – never to return.

Sometimes it’s good to go “off-the-grid” but I’d like to be the one to choose when that happens rather than have stinky coverage decide it for me.  See you on the road!

phone photo

NEW TOUR: Texas Wine


We are very excited to announce our next “Trippin’ with Chet” tour happening Saturday, May 17, 2014.

This is going to be an incredible TEXAS WINE TOUR heading into the Heart of the Hill Country – Fredericksburg!

We’ll be leaving out of Austin for a full day of adventure.  I don’t want to give too much away, but we’ll be stopping at 3 award-winning wineries, eating some wine-infused chocolate, visiting a historic museum, and – YES – there will be Bar-B-Q.

Tickets are $149 each which includes all transportation, food, drinks, fun, and games for the day.  You don’t want to miss this chance to learn about the Texas wine industry all while someone else handles the driving and logistics.

See you there!