Move over, Vermont — Texas just may be the best state for fall foliage
By Brett Anderson
August 16, 2018, 3:55:48 PM EDT
With its rolling prairies and limestone cliffs, historic towns and oak-filled nature parks, Texas Hill Country is a land apart. On a weeklong road trip at the beginning of fall, when the trees are a riot of orange, yellow, and red, Brett Anderson discovers homegrown barbecue restaurants, sun-splashed swimming holes, and endless blue sky.
Not long after arriving in Texas Hill Country, I found myself committing one of my favorite sins: eating barbecue for breakfast. I’d ducked into Keese’s Bar-B-Que in Medina — a sleepy town surrounded by apple orchards, roughly 90 minutes from San Antonio — and ordered a plate of beef brisket tacos with fresh pico de gallo. I ate it in blissful silence, observing the other diners in the small café, none of whom appeared to be in any hurry to leave. Afterward, I stepped onto Keese’s side patio to enjoy the morning sun at one of the picnic tables, whose surfaces were painted to resemble the Texas state flag, and check Google Maps for the route to Lost Maples State Natural Area. But I’d lost cell service, so I’d have to wing it.
Leaving Keese’s, I took my best guess, picked a lane, and drove out of town. The music of Robert Earl Keen (a Texas country music legend and Hill Country resident) drawled from my car’s speakers. I opened a window, remembering that breathing the warm air that hangs over these alternately lush and arid hills is its own reward. I rubbernecked to stare at what looked like antelope but turned out to be native pronghorns, grazing near vineyards along an old cattle trail around Bandera Pass.
5 easy ways to eliminate plastic from your travels
Video: You can harvest your own sea salt on a volcanic hike in Hawaii
This island is a tropical paradise -- but everyone's there for the giant, deadly lizards
An area covering some 11 million acres, Hill Country is bookended by San Antonio to the south and Austin to the north. This sprawling region is a wild, rural place, and its size presents considerable challenges to taking it all in. You could stuff three Connecticuts into Hill Country and still have enough space left over for Rhode Island.
More Weather News
After the storm: Dangerous stretch of subzero AccuWeather RealFeel® Temperatures to grip midwestern, northeastern US
Weather News - January 19, 2019, 2:26:07 PM EST
A polar plunge of brutal cold is following this weekend’s blockbuster winter storm, which can threaten lives and complicate travel and cleanup efforts.
Weather News - January 19, 2019, 11:42:40 AM EST
As a storm with snow and ice strengthens, gusty winds and plummeting temperatures will lead to blizzard conditions in many areas of the Midwest this weekend.
Weather News - January 19, 2019, 9:29:37 AM EST
While a winter storm churns to their north, residents of the lower Mississippi Valley are facing a severe weather danger on Saturday.
Weather News - January 19, 2019, 2:58:00 PM EST
A winter storm is gaining strength over the Midwest and will clobber the Northeast into Sunday with significant, widespread impacts.
Weather News - January 18, 2019, 6:54:47 PM EST
The storm is expected to deliver snow accumulations that could be the largest snowfall of the season in some places.
Weather News - January 18, 2019, 2:18:00 PM EST
As earthquakes shake regions and cause massive, unpredictable destruction, an early warning system that provides a precious few seconds of alert can be a matter of life and death.
State of emergency declared in Pennsylvania, New Jersey as Midwest, Northeast rush to finalize snowstorm preparations
Weather News - January 18, 2019, 9:05:55 PM EST
A major snowstorm is moving through the Midwest into the Northeast through this weekend, dumping mass amounts of snow and creating treacherous travel. Local officials warn communities to prepare ahead of the dangerous winter storm.
Weather News - January 19, 2019, 1:58:02 PM EST
A storm with feet of snow, blizzard conditions, a significant build-up of ice, tree-breaking winds and plunging temperatures will close roads, cause flight cancellations and disrupt daily activities over a large part of the northeastern United States this weekend.