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Gerald E. McLeod

Contributing Writer, Day Trips


Gerald E. McLeod joined the Chronicle staff in November 1980 as a graphic designer. In April 1991 he began writing the “Day Trips” column. Besides the weekly travel column, he contributed “101 Swimming Holes,” “Guide to Central Texas Barbecue,” and “Guide to the Texas Hill Country.” His first 200 columns have been published in Day Trips Vol. I and Day Trips Vol. II.

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Day Trips & Beyond: Texas Springs Under Threat

Visit these five watering holes while you can

Travel Daily, Apr. 20, 2017 7:05 AM

Visit These At-Risk Hill Country Water Sources

While you still can

Features Feature, Apr. 20, 2017

Day Trips: Kleb Woods, Tomball

A hermit’s paradise becomes a permanent island thicket among the urban sprawl of Houston

Column, Apr. 20, 2017

Day Trips: Krause’s Cafe, New Braunfels

Famous German restaurant is back with a beautiful new bierhalle and 80 beers on tap

Column, Apr. 13, 2017

Day Trips: World War I Memorials

Communities around Texas remember their fallen sons from the Great War

Column, Apr. 6, 2017

Day Trips & Beyond: April Events Roundup

Seize the day ... trip

Travel Daily, Apr. 5, 2017 2:31 PM

Day Trips: Oso Pier & Grill, Corpus Christi

Iconic fishing pier gets new lease on life but retains its coastal charm

Column, Mar. 23, 2017

Day Trips: New London School Explosion

This year marks the 80th anniversary of the deadliest school disaster in U.S. history

Column, Mar. 16, 2017

Day Trips: Caddo Mounds Historic Site, Alto

New grass house shows how the old ways provided shelter

Column, Mar. 9, 2017

Day Trips & Beyond: March Events Roundup

Springtime in Texas means wildflowers and festivals abound

Travel Daily, Mar. 1, 2017 8:00 AM

Day Trips: Green’s Sausage House, Zabcikville

Roadside eatery provides all the small town essentials

Column, Feb. 23, 2017

Day Trips & Beyond: Ice Fishing, Door County, Wis.

A trip to Sturgeon Bay

Travel Daily, Feb. 15, 2017 8:45 AM

Day Trips: 8th Wonder Brewery, Houston

Craft brewery toasts the local iconic former sports stadium

Column, Feb. 9, 2017

Day Trips: Bolner’s Meat Company, San Antonio

Century-old market carries wide choice of meats and Fiesta Brand spices

Column, Feb. 2, 2017

Day Trips & Beyond: February Events Roundup

Drivin' the blues away

Travel Daily, Feb. 1, 2017 9:00 AM

Day Trips: Hatco Outlet Store, Garland

Longtime Texas tradition makes more than ranch and rodeo family headwear

Column, Jan. 26, 2017

Day Trips: Black Rock Park

Small cabins on Lake Buchanan provide the basic comforts of home

Column, Jan. 19, 2017

Day Trips: Six Vices for the New Year

Forget making New Year’s resolutions this year and embrace your little sins with gusto at these six destinations

Column, Jan. 5, 2017

Day Trips & Beyond: January Events Roundup

Day trips for 2017

Travel Daily, Jan. 4, 2017 12:30 PM

Day Trips: 10 Adventures for 2017

Don't wander around next year wondering where to go next; take one of these day trips

Column, Dec. 29, 2016

Day Trips: Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern, Houston

Historic water reservoir becomes one-of-a-kind public space and theatre

Column, Dec. 22, 2016

Day Trips: Farwell and the Ozark Trail

Texas town on the New Mexican border has one of the last highway markers

Column, Dec. 8, 2016

Day Trips & Beyond: December Events Roundup

Happy holidays to everyone and happy daytrippin’ to all!

Travel Daily, Dec. 2, 2016 10:00 AM

Day Trips: Lady Justice in Comanche

Statue of Lady Justice returns to old courthouse to guard the halls

Column, Dec. 1, 2016

Day Trips: San Saba River Nature Park

Take a hike in a historic pecan forest along the San Saba River

Column, Nov. 23, 2016

Day Trips & Beyond: November Events Roundup

'Tis the season for day-tripping

Travel Daily, Nov. 3, 2016 5:24 PM

Day Trips: Glenn Goode’s Big People, Gainesville

Towering sculptures are roadside attractions

Column, Nov. 3, 2016

Day Trips: Smither Park, Houston

Art garden turns old dishes into beautiful mosaics

Column, Oct. 27, 2016

Day Trips: Marine Science Center, Port Aransas

Science center unveils the natural secrets of the barrier island

Column, Oct. 20, 2016

Day Trips & Beyond: Bent's Fort, Colo.

Once the superstore of the Santa Fe Trail

Travel Daily, Oct. 19, 2016 9:00 AM

Day Trips: Anheuser-Busch Brewery, Houston

With more than 25 beverages under their label, drinking the AB InBev brand is easy in their tap room

Column, Oct. 13, 2016

Day Trips: Southern Flyer Diner, Brenham

Retro diner serves up a hot plate of nostalgia for fliers and drivers

Column, Oct. 6, 2016

Day Trips & Beyond: October Events Roundup

Chinati Weekend in Marfa, Lantern Fest in Paige, and lots more!

Travel Daily, Oct. 5, 2016 9:00 AM

Day Trips: Comanche City Park

Chainsaw sculptor turns dead tree stumps into works of art

Column, Sep. 29, 2016

Day Trips: Kenedy Ranch Museum, Sarita

South Texas ranching family's history is told through colorful murals

Column, Sep. 22, 2016

Day Trips: Taxidermy

Stuffed and mounted animals may have their place in museums, but they're kind of creepy

Column, Sep. 1, 2016

Day Trips & Beyond: September Events Roundup

Festivals all over Texas!

Travel Daily, Aug. 31, 2016 9:00 AM

Day Trips: Oblate Missions, San Antonio

Can't make it to France or Mexico City? A pair of religious shrines make one holy site in the Alamo City.

Column, Aug. 25, 2016

Day Trips & Beyond: Kokopelli's Cave

One-of-a-kind lodging offers privacy and panoramic views

Travel Daily, Aug. 24, 2016 1:30 PM

Day Trips: Tucker Tower, Okla.

Stone castle tower provides spectacular view of Oklahoma's Lake Murray State Park

Column, Aug. 11, 2016

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