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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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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An Intern’s First Taste of Cuvee

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Howdy Daytrippers!  Let me first introduce myself…I am the summer intern, Linsey.  As a fellow Daytripper fan, it’s been fantastic to spend my days following Chet on his crazy adventures.  I’m having a blast!

A week into my internship, Chet found out I claimed to be a coffee-addict but hadn’t yet tried Cuvee Coffee.  Shocked and appalled, he immediately sent me to the Galaxy Bakery down the street to buy a cup.

If you’ve seen the Spicewood episode of The Daytripper, then you saw Chet take a tour of the Cuvee Coffee factory. If not – check this out.

Cuvee Coffee is one of America’s top specialty roasters, and they’re based right here in the Hill Country.  They roast their coffee meticulously, using formulas and coffee-labs to ensure the taste is just right.

While Cuvee gets their beans  from countries all around the world, including Brazil and El Salvador, I chose the Spicewood 71 Classic for my first cup. Usually, I need to load my coffee with tons of cream and sugar, but with Cuvee I didn’t. The taste was sweet and smooth, and not too strong, which I loved.

And since I enjoyed my first cup so much (and since Chet was paying, of course!) I just had to try the Cuvee Meritage Espresso. I’d never had a cup of espresso before and was expecting to be bombarded with bitter coffee grounds and overbearing tastes, yet Cuvee was just the opposite. It tasted fresh and sweet, with just the right of amount of kick to get me through the rest of my day. After all, coffee is an intern’s best friend!

So, fellow coffee lovers, grab yourself a cup of Cuvee, and raise a steaming mug to Texas family values and world-class taste!  I’m now a faithful drinker.

If you’ve never had it (or need to restock), Cuvee Coffee is now available via The Daytripper General Store where Chet is compiling some of his favorite Texas-based shirts, food, and cool stuff.  Order some today.  You won’t regret it.

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NEW Texas Flag Shirts!

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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.


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Season 5, The Rest is Yet to Come

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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

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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.

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Drive Clean Across Texas

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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

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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.
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More Than a Day Trip: The Highland Lakes

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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

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11510 RR 2341, Burnet, TX 78611

info@ahoylakefront.com

http://www.ahoylakefront.com/

Arrowhead on East Lake Buchanan

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10700 RR2341, Burnet, TX, 78611

wp.kclark@gmail.com

Balcones Springs Retreat and Conference Center

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

info@texasretreat.com

http://www.texasretreat.com/

Barefoot Cottage

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2122 CR 118, Burnet, TX 78611

frontdeskrentals@gmail.com

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Bella Vista

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1455 Cimarron Ranch Rd., Marble Falls, TX 78654

mary@bellavistabedandbreakfast.com

www.bellavistabedandbreakfast.com

Big Chief Resort on East Lake Buchanan

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1420 FM 690, Burnet, TX, 78611

info@bigchiefrvresort.com

http://www.bigchiefrvresort.com/

Breeze Terrace on Lake LBJ

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120 Boutilier, Burnet, TX, 78611

Frontdeskrentals@gmail.com

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Camp Balcones Springs

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

info@campbalconessprings.com

http://www.campiscool.com/

Camp Champions

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775 Camp Road, Marble Falls, TX, 78654

info@campchampions.com

http://www.campchampions.com/

Camp Peniel

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6716 E. FM 1431, Marble Falls, TX 78654

http://www.camppeniel.org/

Canyon of the Eagles on East Lake Buchanan

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16942 RR 2341, Burnet, TX 78611

reservations@canyonoftheeagles.com

http://www.canyonoftheeagles.com/

Casa Verde on Lake LBJ

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116 Boutillier, Burnet, TX, 78611

frontdeskrentals@gmail.com

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Cassie Waterfront on East Lake Buchanan

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702 North Chaparral, Buchanan Dam, TX

sharfost@aol.com

Cedar Rock on Lake LBJ

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908 Clen Oak Pkwy Burnetm, TX 78611

frontdeskrentals@gmail.com

Website

Chanticleer Log Cabin

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PO Box 232, Spicewood, TX 78669

Chanticleer_bb@yahoo.com

www.chanticleerlogcabin.com

Chevy Cove Lake House on Lake LBJ

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202 Oak St., Kingsland, TX 78639

alexnero109@hotmail.com

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Cool Waters Lake House on Lake LBJ

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916 Clen Oak Parkway, Burnet, TX 78611

frontdestrentals@gmail.com

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Creek Side Camp and Cabins

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222 Hatchett Hill, Marble Falls, TX, 78654

diane@creekside-camp-cabins.com

http://www.creekside-camp-cabins.com/

Dal Nonno

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PO Box 232, Spicewood, TX 78669

Chanticleer_bb@yahoo.com

http://www.chanticleerlogcabin.com/

El Rio Cottages on Lake LBJ

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14757 FM 1431, Kingsland, TX 78639

hersandhisinvest@nctv.com

http://www.texasvacationlodging.com/elrio/

Harmony School Summer Arts Camp

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

http://harmonyarts.org/

Heart of Texas Lake Resort on Lake LBJ

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408 Clen Oak Pkwy, Burnet, TX 78611

heartex@moment.net

http://www.highlandlakes.com/resort/

Horseshoe Bay North Condo

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416 Horseshoe Bay North, Marble Falls, TX, 78654

reservation@416hsbnorth.com

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Inks Lake State Park

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345 County Road 117, Burnet, TX, 78611

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Isaac Millsap Vacation Home

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Marble Falls, TX, 78654

annie@heartoftexaswinetours.com

http://heartoftexasranch.net/

Lake LBJ Motel

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13813 W FM 1431, Kingsland, TX, 78639

kanmartin@yahoo.com

Lake LBJ Yacht Club and Cabin Rentals

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

marina@tstar.net

http://www.lakelbjmarina.com/

Lake Travis Ranch House

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Spicewood, TX 78669

info@laketravisranch.com

http://www.laketravisranch.com/index.html

Lakeside Lodge on East Lake Buchanan

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201 Lakewood Drive, Burnet, TX 78611

lakesidelodge@281.com

http://www.lakesidelodgetx.com/

The Villas at Legends on LBJ

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105 Range Way Circle, Kingsland, TX 78639

http://www.legendsgolftx.net/index.htm

Little Lodge on the Lake

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336 Campa Pajama, Kingsland, TX, 78639

littlelodge@verizon.net

http://www.highlandlakes.com/lodge/

Loch Lone Star on Lake LBJ

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1406 Wofford Dr., Burnet, TX 78611

dthomas008@austin.rr.com

http://www.highlandlakes.com/loch/

Log Country Cove on Lake LBJ

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617 Log Country Cove, Burnet, TX 78611

mina@logcountrycove.com

http://www.logcountrycove.com/

Mary Millsap Vacation Home

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Marble Falls, Texas 78654

annie@heartoftecaswinetours.com

http://heartoftexasranch.net/

Mema and Pepas House

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403 Clen Oak Pkwy, Burnet, TX 78611

frontdeskrentals@gmail.com

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Moriah

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1741 CR 343, Marble Falls, TX 78654

nanderson2@gmail.com

http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p245032

Painted Sky Inn on East Lake Buchanan

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1400 CR 128, Burnet, TX 78611

paintedskyinn@gmail.com

http://www.paintedskyinn.com/

Paradise Landing

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716 CR 136 A, Kingsland, TX 78639

frontdeskrentals@gmail.com

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Perrine Waterfront Vacation Home on Buchanan

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1307 Council St., Burnet, TX 78611

Cperrine2@austin.rr.com

Rainbow Hearth Sanctuary on East Lake Buchanan

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1330 Waterway Lane, Burnet, TX 78611

Mariah@rainbowhearth.com

http://www.rainbowhearth.com/

San Gabriel River Inn

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8327 CR 210 Bertram, TX, 78605

donna@sangabrielriverinn.com
www.sangabrielriverinn.com

Shady Grove

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712 Circle Dr. Kingsland, TX, 78639
frontdeskrentals@gmail.com

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Spicewood Cottage

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1100 Rustic Lane, Spicewood, TX, 78669
pardo@tstar.net

http://spicewoodcottage.com/

Sunset Cliff Escape on East Lake Buchanan

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3321 Sunset Cliff Rd, Burnet, TX, 78611
sherry@sunsetcliffescape.com

http://www.sunsetcliffescape.com/

Sunset Cottage on Lake LBJ

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kristi@texasvacationlodging.net

http://www.texasvacationlodging.com/sunsetcottage/

Sweet Retreat

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124 Granite Kingsland, TX
info@texasvacationlodging.net
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Terrace View

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910 Clen Oak Pkwy, Burnet, TX, 78611

frontdeskrentals@gmail.com 

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The Farr Side on Lake Travis

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Hwy. 1431 West, Marble Falls, TX, 78654
sfarr3@austin.rr.com

http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p245032

The Oak House on Lake LBJ

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563 Shoals Pkwy, Burnet, Texas 78611

frontdeskrentals@gmail.com 

The Tree House at Cockleburr Cove on Inks Lake

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Burnet, Texas 78611
sarah@cockleburrcove.com

http://www.vrbo.com/vacation-rentals/usa/texas/hill-country/inks-lake

Thunderbird Resort on East Lake Buchanan

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200 Greenwood Hills Trail, Burnet, Texas 78611

tbirdres@tstar.net

http://www.touringtexas.com/tbird/

Trippin’ on the Grid with AT&T

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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!

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