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Texas Highways column about getting sick during a family vacation. Illustration by Michael Witte

Texas Highways column about getting sick during a family vacation. Illustration by Michael Witte

Christmas Wild A Holiday Escape Regenerates the Spirit Illustration by Michael Witte

Christmas Wild A Holiday Escape Regenerates the Spirit Illustration by Michael Witte

My Travel Matters column about talking my dad into a roadtrip he wouldn't forget. "Pop Out and About" ran in  Texas Highways.

My Travel Matters column about talking my dad into a roadtrip he wouldn't forget. "Pop Out and About" ran in Texas Highways.

Gardens of Stone Historic Cemeteries Offer Timeless Adventure Written by Barbara Rodriguez. Illustration by Michael Wittee

Gardens of Stone Historic Cemeteries Offer Timeless Adventure Written by Barbara Rodriguez. Illustration by Michael Wittee

See the top attractions and save in Houston and Dallas.

See the top attractions and save in Houston and Dallas!

"Lilo Goes West"  is my March 2014 Travel Matters column in Texas Highways. It is my recollection of the first time I took my German MIL to the Texas Outback. Michael Witte's fabulous illo won an IRMA.

"Lilo Goes West" is my March 2014 Travel Matters column in Texas Highways. It is my recollection of the first time I took my German MIL to the Texas Outback. Michael Witte's fabulous illo won an IRMA.

The once-bustling river port of Jefferson has been saluted for many things: the state’s first gas streetlights, one of the state’s first breweries and...

The once-bustling river port of Jefferson has been saluted for many things: the state’s first gas streetlights, one of the state’s first breweries and.

Autumn is my favorite season for a roadtrip. Obviously, cooler weather factors into my affection. Also, smaller crowds make for broader landscapes. And while in Texas leaf peeping is not often a motivation for hitting the road, there is an appreciable, if subtle shift in the landscape, a change of textures and colors, as the night temps cool. Along with the fresh slant of sun, clouds seem to drift about more often in the fall and I appreciate dappled sunlight.

Autumn is my favorite season for a roadtrip. Obviously, cooler weather factors into my affection. Also, smaller crowds make for broader landscapes.

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