Texas

Climbing Guadalupe Peak

Believe it or not, Texas is not completely flat. The "hill country" to the west of Austin leaves much to be desired from a topological standpoint: the hike with the greatest elevation gain in the whole Hill Country appears to be in Enchanted Rock State Park, and that only goes up a whopping 425'.... (read more)

May 6, 2006 – 9:43pm

The Caverns of Sonora

The Caverns of Sonora are a quite attractive commercial cave located 8 miles west of Sonora Texas and about 150' underground. If you've never been that far underground before, this might be a good start. Smaller than the Carlsbad Caverns, there are not hordes of tourists always on your heels. And, the features are quite attractive, including the famous butterfly. and less-famous but interesting wonders like the Frozen Falls.... (read more)

May 6, 2006 – 9:43pm

Hueco Tanks State Park

Hueco Tanks State Park is a famous rock climbing destination (primarily bouldering), a sacred place for Indian tribes, a historical site, and a place of political controversy. It's the only park I know of that makes you watch a twenty-minute video filled with do's and don'ts before you can camp there. The video orientation is because the park is home to still-undeciphered and fragile petroglyphs and pictographs and also because of the park's historical and religious significance to the recently-recognized Tigua and other Indians. Therefore, you're advised to tread lightly and not break anything.... (read more)

May 6, 2006 – 9:43pm

Cameron Park Zoo in Waco

Waco's Cameron Park Zoo is much better than zoos in some larger cities, such as Indianapolis. Everything about this zoo was better, with the exception that unlike Indy they didn't have a polar bear. They had a couple of exotic turtles, a poisonous newt, several interesting snakes, a school of piranhas, and the interesting animals pictured below.... (read more)

May 6, 2006 – 9:43pm

Dallas ex machina

It's not like Dallas sprung up out of nowhere, it just feels that way to a very great extent. Everything you need to know about Dallas you probably already know: Dealey Plaza, J.R. Ewing, and the Dallas Cowboys. Texas Stadium is partially domed (OK, for my thesis to hold it would have to be fully domed, but play along), they play on Astroturf, and, if you wanted to create from scratch a plastic sports team you'd never do better than what developed naturally. Think Jerry Jones and Jimmy Johnson, sparkling clean sports uniforms and murderous cheerleader moms. Throw in massive sprawling suburbs with everything and nothing, and you don't need to know much more.... (read more)

May 6, 2006 – 9:43pm