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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: Llano River Slab, Kingsland

Dip into this not-so-secret swimming hole, but save the cooking for the professionals

Column, Jul. 14, 2016

Day Trips: Sam Houston's Grave, Huntsville

Monument to first president of the Texas Republic is part of cemetery's art gallery

Column, Jul. 7, 2016

Day Trips & Beyond: July Events Roundup

Marfa Film Festival, a rare Al Pacino appearance, and more

Travel Daily, Jul. 6, 2016 2:25 PM

Dip, Sip, & ‘Que: A Texas Trilogy

Day Trips on the best barbecue and swimming holes in Central Texas

AAN Daily, Jun. 30, 2016 11:50 AM

Day Trips: Half-Way Oak, Breckenridge

Citizen uprising turns 200-year-old historic oak into a folk hero

Column, Jun. 30, 2016

Day Trips: Bisti Badlands, New Mexico

Unusual rock formations in an ancient river delta

Column, Jun. 23, 2016

Day Trips & Beyond: SeaWorld San Antonio

Swimming with the animals

Travel Daily, Jun. 15, 2016 9:00 AM

Day Trips: Ray's Drive Inn, San Antonio

The west side institution is the original home of the puffy taco

Column, Jun. 9, 2016

Day Trips: USS Lexington, Corpus Christi

Old Navy warhorse retires to beachfront property and life as a military history museum

Column, Jun. 2, 2016

Day Trips & Beyond: June Events Roundup

Craft beer, Matisse, SummerFest, and more

Travel Daily, Jun. 1, 2016 9:00 AM

Day Trips: Carmelite Monastery, Stanton

Adobe building was part of German colony that brought Catholicism and education to West Texas

Column, May. 26, 2016

Day Trips: Port Mansfield

Tiny village on the Texas coast in South Texas is a fisherman's paradise

Column, May. 19, 2016

Day Trips & Beyond: New Orleans School of Cooking

Cajun cooking made simply good

Travel Daily, May. 18, 2016 9:00 AM

Day Trips: SPI Nature Center

South Padre Island Birding & Nature Center gives a rare look at coastal wetlands

Column, May. 12, 2016

Day Trips: Owl Drug Store Fountain & Grill, Coleman

Small-town pharmacy's lunch counter grills a legendary burger

Column, May. 5, 2016

Day Trips & Beyond: May Events Roundup

A monthly planner of fun and delicious excursions

Travel Daily, May. 4, 2016 9:30 AM

Day Trips: Lt. Henry O. Flipper

Former Buffalo Soldier helped establish mining in the border region.

Column, Apr. 28, 2016

Day Trips & Beyond: Gulf Shores Peninsula, Alabama

Gulf Coast vacation destination only feels like an island

Travel Daily, Apr. 27, 2016 9:00 AM

Day Trips: 25th Anniversary

10 favorite "Day Trips" out of 1,290

Column, Apr. 14, 2016

Day Trips: Art Car Parade, Houston

Craziest parade in the world will take you on a joyride

Column, Apr. 7, 2016

Day Trips & Beyond: Art Car Parade, Houston

The drive to create produces a rolling art gallery of fun

Travel Daily, Apr. 6, 2016 9:00 AM

Day Trips: Patsy Glenn Refuge, Wimberley

Bird sanctuary near the center of town brings out the wild at heart

Column, Mar. 31, 2016

Day Trips & Beyond: April Monthly Planner

Woody Guthrie Center, Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, and more

Travel Daily, Mar. 30, 2016 11:30 AM

Day Trips & Beyond: Six Baseballs for Cuba

Capt. Day Trips makes friends in Cuba by handing out new baseballs

Travel Daily, Mar. 16, 2016 11:02 AM

Day Trips: Cruisin' to Cuba

Seven-day visit to the forbidden island unveils a vibrant culture

Column, Mar. 16, 2016

Day Trips: Big State Fountain, Irving

Classic diner and soda fountain returns to Happy Days

Column, Mar. 10, 2016

Day Trips & Beyond: Texas Travel

A trip planner for the month of March

Travel Daily, Mar. 9, 2016 10:56 AM

Day Trips: Texas Musicians Museum, Irving

Depository of Texas pop-culture memorabilia remembers past and present musical icons

Column, Mar. 3, 2016

Day Trips: Pontotoc

Former Old West ghost town becomes scenic wine destination

Column, Feb. 25, 2016

Day Trips & Beyond: Two Travelogues

A couple of tales with ties to Austin

Travel Daily, Feb. 24, 2016 9:00 AM

Day Trips: Cupp's Drive-Inn, Waco

Old-fashioned hamburgers, plain and simple

Column, Feb. 18, 2016

Day Trips & Beyond: Antique Rose Emporium

Independence is home to a beautiful nursery

Travel Daily, Feb. 17, 2016 12:00 PM

Day Trips: Texas Fishing Regulations

Fishing licenses required in Texas with exceptions

Column, Feb. 11, 2016

Day Trips & Beyond: Live Oak Brewery

Austin institution flies into new brew house out by the airport

Travel Daily, Feb. 10, 2016 3:00 PM

Day Trips & Beyond: February Events Roundup

Happenings from around the state

Travel Daily, Feb. 1, 2016 11:00 AM

Day Trips: Perky Breast Mountain, Bakersfield

Distinctive peak outside of Bakersfield has guided travelers for centuries

Column, Jan. 28, 2016

Day Trips & Beyond: Luminous Lagoon, Jamaica

The glow of the water is a natural phenomenon rare in such abundance

Travel Daily, Jan. 25, 2016 1:30 PM

Day Trips: Texas Blue Crabs

Fried crustaceans are a savory delight in Texas' Golden Triangle

Column, Jan. 21, 2016

Day Trips: Stiles, Texas

All that is left of West Texas ghost town is the stone ruins of the courthouse

Column, Jan. 14, 2016

Day Trips: San Angelo State Park

Desert playground is home to state bison and longhorn herds

Column, Jan. 7, 2016

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