Season 7 is HERE!!!

Get Ready, because Season 7 kicks off this week on PBS stations across Texas.  For our premiere episode, we are headed to East Austin to eat some handmade salami and thai food, visit Stephen F. Austin, and do an obstacle course.  Let’s hit the road.

Meet the Crew – Todd White


This week we feature another crew member – Todd White. Oh wait, that’s me. Well…here we go.

What’s your name and where do you call home in Texas?
My name is Todd White. I was born and raised in San Antonio and call Georgetown home. Yep, a true Texan, born and raised.

What’s your role on The Daytripper?
I wear a few different hats on the Daytripper – Field Producer, Photographer and second camera Videographer. As a Field Producer, it is my role to plan and coordinate logistics for each shoot. This includes the right contacts are made, locations/contacts are prepped on what to expect, schedule set, crew knows call time and coordinating additional items needed for a shoot (such as costumes). In the field, I ensure we stay on schedule and verify we have the shots we need before we move on to the next location. There’s quite a bit more involved in this role but this is a good overview.

As the Photographer, I make sure we have photos for the website, show credits, promotional photos for each episode, photos that we can use and share with our partners/sponsors and photos for Texas Highways articles. Of course, there’s just good old capturing memories for the crew and show.

As second videographer, I shoot mostly B-Roll for the show – exteriors, interiors, kitchen action. Basically, I really focus on painting a picture of what each location is like and tell the story of what is happening there. There have been a couple of occasions where I shot primary camera. That was fun but I’ve got big shoes to fill when Richie is not able to shoot. Glad he is a good teacher!

How did you get involved with The Daytripper?
My involvement started when I shot Chet for a local magazine and a book that a local author was writing. We met for the shoot and became friends. We talked about the possibility of me coming along on a few shoots to take photos…mainly behind the scenes photos. My first photography shoot with the team was in San Antonio. From there it grew to be a regular thing that I went along on shoots. Within a few months I was helping to produce a few shows then from there it grew to shooting second camera. As of the beginning of this year I became an employee of the show. It’s been a fun ride so far and I look forward to more!

What’s been your favorite episode to film and why?
I really enjoyed filming in Athens. Such a fun location and I really had not spent any time in East Texas. It is gorgeous there!! Lufkin was another East Texas spot I really enjoyed, but back to Athens. The diversity of this shoot was so fun!! One day we were ziplining through the trees at NY to Texas ZipLine Adventures then later we were diving at the Athens Scuba Park. Totally different activities all in one place!

What’s the best thing you’ve ever eaten while on a shoot?
This is a toss-up between the Railway Cafe in Athens and the Abi-Haus in Abilene. Both places had amazing food and a cool vibe. Both felt like a little slice of a hipster, Austin style place as well. Both had great burgers that were a step above the rest I’ve had. The Pimento Cheese with Roasted Jalapenos at the Railway Cafe was delicious! I love heat in my food and this was an unexpected surprise. At the Abi-Haus, their Kobe beef burger with Gorgonzola and Jalapenos was fantastic. In fact, Chet and I went back there in the evening for a dinner/beer tasting event.

What’s the funniest/weirdest thing you remember happening on a shoot?
The funniest thing on a shoot was also in Athens. The greek chorus bits were odd and funny. I’m pretty cool about dressing up and doing weird stuff with the show but that one took some convincing. It translated well in the show but felt weird doing it. But over the past year or so I’ve become more comfortable with dressing up and doing stuff on the Daytripper. Chet definitely has pushed me beyond my comfort zone…in a good way.

What is your go-to roadtrip snack?
Haribo Gummi Bears!! Grew up on these things and love them. In fact I have a bag of them next to me as I write this. If I need something more substantial and healthy, then it’s the Oatmega bars.

What kind of music do you like to rock out to on the road?
I am big fan of Indie rock. Just has a good vibe for roadtrips. I am also really into podcasts. A few of my favorite to listen to on the road are The Relevant Podcast, This American Life and Pop Culture Happy Hour.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve done for the show?
Hands down was the attempt to dive in the Valhalla missile silo in the Abilene episode. I am diver but have been diving in the ocean in places like the Caymans, Cozumel, Hawaii and the BVIs. This dive was an advanced dive, in the dark and I had not been in the water in about 5 years or so. Not a good combo for this dive. I tried but just could not do it…but I tried.

What’s your idea of the perfect day trip?​
I really enjoy heading to smaller towns with a square, good food and wineries/wine bars. I love getting away and relaxing and not going to a big city. My schedule is fairly crazy so getting away from the hustle and bustle is important. Down time is key for my sanity. Strolling along a street of shops, having a long lunch, sipping wine and enjoying some local live music is perfect. We recently shot in Tomball and that was a great mix of all the above. In fact, it’s on my list to take my wife there soon.


Meet the Crew – Richie Lozano


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?​

Meet the Crew – Kellie Baldwin


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.”

An Intern’s First Taste of Cuvee

Cuvee Cover 2

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.

Coffee Picture

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.
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