It’s no secret that Texas is big. Alright, more than big. Texas is HUGE!! And exploring Texas ain’t no small vacation, it’s a lifetime endeavor. But what if you only have one day? Well that’s where we come in. From the well-known landmarks to the completely obscure dives and hideaways – and all within a day’s reach. We created The Daytripper to inspire folks to get out and explore their own backyard. Adventure is much closer than you realize. I’ll see you on the road.

1,000 lbs Of BBQ Devoured

150,000 Texas Miles Covered

The Crew

Chet Garner

Chet loves Texas and loves barbecue, 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.”

Richie Lozano

Richie is a Producer of The Daytripper, as well as the magic man behind the camera. Oh yeah, he’s also a 3 time Emmy-award winning producer.

Daniel Mecey

A Texas native, Daniel is a family man that has been doing daytrips with his wife and 3 girls since the beginning. Daniel joined the team in 2014 as a contract editor and has since become a 5 time-Emmy nominated Editor and Producer for the show. Daniel is now our production manager and oversees everything that happens from the cameras to your TV.

Linsey Thut

Linsey started out as an intern and Daytripper fan-girl, and has worked her way up to Writer/Photographer and Website Editor/Social Media Manager. 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!

Questions about the website or ideas for the blog? Email Linsey at linsey@hogaboomroad.com.

John Mark Clawson

John Mark is a husband, proud father of four, and an editor on The Daytripper. You can call him John Mark, JM, John or Claw, but don’t call him Mark

Alaina Weaver

Alaina helps hold down the fort as the Office Administrator here at The Daytripper. She’s a happily married mom with 2 girls who is committed to loving Jesus, digging through junk stores for great and wonderful treasures, and eating queso as if it were her paying job. Alaina’s dream is to one day travel all over our great state of Texas, with a pink vintage camper in tow, finding opportunities to serve and love on others at every stop along the way.

Ben Dongarra

Ben was born in Chicago but grew up in Oak Ridge Tennessee and has been making movies since he was nine years old. He thought Texas sounded cool and moved to Austin in 2016 sight unseen. He began working with Hogaboom Road as a freelancer and has recently joined the awesome staff full time as their Commercial Division Manager. When he isn’t working on a video project, he loves spending time with his wife and kids, his dog Moose, riding his motorcycle and beating his brother-in-law at chess.