Float On: The Incredible Experience of Paragliding in Switzerland

While keeping my eyes glued to the flat screen watching the 2012 London Summer Olympics, reveling in the unbelievable competition among the many nations, I’ve been reminded how fortunate I’ve been in this great life to have visited so many, specifically those in Europe during my backpacking journey of 1997. During the eight week sojourn […]

Mother, Mother Ocean: Pure Leisure On Texas’ Gulf Coast

August 1st. Really? August, already? Wow. Seems like I just took down the Christmas tree and cleared out the cobwebs from St. Patrick’s Day. What just happened? Summer is definitely flyin’ by, as is 2012, overall, so today’s a great reminder to make the most of every minute of leisure that we can possibly squeeze […]

Hit The Road, Jack! – Great Getaways Around Texas

It’s no secret how much I love time spent in and around this great city of Austin, but here in the Lone Star State, we are also extremely fortunate to have a wealth of excellent options for adventures and fun just a short drive in any direction from the Capital City. Whether you’re in the […]

My Paradise: Florida’s Emerald Coast

  Having grown up in Atlanta, Georgia, it’s around this time of the Summer when the Metting posse would take our annual vacation, along with hordes of other families from throughout the Southeast, down to one of my absolute favorite areas of the world – Florida’s beautiful Emerald Coast and the Beaches of South Walton. […]

My Pilgrimage To The Birthplace Of Golf

Overused phrase or not, time flies. Really. It does. Case in point, while walking through a bar here in Austin earlier today (shocker!), I noticed the Scottish Open golf tournament on one of the flat screens. That mere sight jarred my memory that it’s already been 10 years ago this week since I took a […]

Just Carryin’ On An Ol’ Family Tradition…

For three straight years now, when Father’s Day Weekend has approached, my Dad, Roger, and I have taken to the open roads and headed north from Austin to Omaha, Nebraska, in the heartland of America, for the College World Series. A total thrill for both of us, having watched the CWS on ESPN for decades, […]

Rockin’ The Hill Country

If you find yourself seeking a cool experience and in need of a short day trip from Austin, might I recommend the uber-unique setting of Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, located in between Llano and Fredericksburg in the Texas Hill Country. The enormous pink granite rock formation is a great location for a mildly strenuous […]

Holding Court Throughout Texas

To those of us who truly love the Lone Star State, we thrive on sharing the pockets of natural beauty throughout the many miles of Texas. One aspect along these lines that tends to get overlooked is the great quantity of incredibly cool courthouses we have among the hundreds of counties in this wonderful state. […]

Ain’t Nobody Feelin’ No Pain…

As many of my closest know, I absolutely love “the road trip.” The freedom of hopping in the car, crankin’ the tunes, windows down and heading out to wide open spaces. One of my favorite locales to visit in the great blue yonder near Austin is the “hill country hamlet” of Luckenbach, made famous by […]

Half a World Away

It’s very hard for me to believe that 15 years ago this month, I was living out a dream and backpacking throughout Europe over the course of 8 weeks. Along with two college buddies from University of Florida, this was our last bastion of true freedom before we entered the “real world” and joined the […]