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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: Texas Fishing Regulations

Fishing licenses required in Texas with exceptions

Column, Feb. 11, 2016

Day Trips & Beyond: Live Oak Brewery

Austin institution flys 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

Day Trips & Beyond: Andy Griffith Museum, Mount Airy, N.C.

Museum in actor’s hometown highlights native son’s accomplishments

Travel Daily, Jan. 6, 2016 12:30 PM

Day Trips & Beyond: January Events Roundup

Happenings, news, and more

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

Day Trips: Top 10s

Top travel-related events of 2015

Column, Dec. 31, 2015

Day Trips: Chicken Farm Art Center, San Angelo

San Angelo artist colony offers surprising shopping, B&B, and food in West Texas

Column, Dec. 23, 2015

Day Trips: Reunion Tower, Dallas

Get a bird's-eye view of Big D from the tower's observation deck

Column, Dec. 17, 2015

Day Trips: San Antonio – The Saga

Multimedia show paints San Antonio's historic cathedral with light and music

Column, Dec. 10, 2015

Day Trips & Beyond: Cooking Studio Taos

New Mexico cooking class is fun and chaotic

Travel Daily, Dec. 9, 2015 12:15 PM

Day Trips: Sierra Madera Astrobleme

Meteor crater south of Fort Stockton creates a blemish on the desert floor

Column, Dec. 3, 2015

Day Trips & Beyond: December Events Roundup

Holiday happenings, news, and more

Travel Daily, Dec. 2, 2015 2:20 PM

Day Trips: Po Po Restaurant, Welfare

Historic Texas roadhouse offers meals worth driving for

Column, Nov. 25, 2015

Day Trips & Beyond: Amon Carter Art Museum

This Fort Worth museum is one of the coolest in Texas

Travel Daily, Nov. 20, 2015 1:40 PM

Day Trips: Fort Davis NHS

One of the best preserved frontier forts in the Southwest rides again

Column, Nov. 19, 2015

Day Trips: Klein Smokehaus

Small-town meat market embraces German traditions and art of barbecue

Column, Nov. 12, 2015

Day Trips & Beyond: Packers Hall of Fame

A football mecca in Wisconsin

Travel Daily, Nov. 11, 2015 1:10 PM

Day Trips: Rohan Meadery, La Grange

From the laboratory of busy minds comes a honey of a wine

Column, Nov. 5, 2015

Lit-urday: Joe, the Slave Who Became an Alamo Legend

The story of one man’s witness to history and life in bondage

Books Daily, Oct. 31, 2015 11:00 AM

Day Trips: The Face, Galveston

Spooky image on UTMB wall gazes over the Galveston waterfront

Column, Oct. 29, 2015

Day Trips: Rockport Adventures, Fulton Harbor

Local outfitter takes coastal visitors on cruises to see the wildlife

Column, Oct. 22, 2015

Day Trips: The Grey Mule Saloon, Fort Stockton

Former Old West saloon becomes Mesa Vineyards' tasting room and wine bar

Column, Oct. 15, 2015

Day Trips: Athens Scuba Park

Underwater obstacles make spring-fed lake a diver's paradise

Column, Oct. 8, 2015

Day Trips: Janis Joplin's Porsche in Port Arthur

Museum of Gulf Coast wants the Lord to buy them a Porsche

Column, Oct. 1, 2015

Day Trips: National Public Lands Day

National Public Lands Day puts a shine on America's best idea

Column, Sep. 24, 2015

Day Trips: Elizabeth Crockett's Grave, Acton

State's smallest historic site honors the widow of the famous frontiersman

Column, Sep. 17, 2015

Best of Daytrippin' 2015

Rain, potty breaks, and sand dunes make traveling Texas better

Column, Sep. 10, 2015

Day Trips: Concordia Cemetery, El Paso

Old El Paso was dying to get into historic cemetery

Column, Sep. 3, 2015

Day Trips: Sun Studio, Memphis, Tenn.

Birthplace of rock & roll still all right, mama

Column, Aug. 27, 2015

Day Trips: The Stafford Bank & Opera House, Columbus

Historic small town theatre continues to perform

Column, Aug. 20, 2015

Day Trips: Sundew Trail in the Big Thicket, Kountze

Take a walk in one of the most biodiverse landscapes in the world

Column, Aug. 13, 2015

Day Trips: Sundays With Santiago, San Antonio

Accordion player Santiago Jiménez Jr. fills taco shop with free rancheras

Column, Aug. 6, 2015

Day Trips: The St. Anthony Hotel

The legendary San Antonio hotel reopens with the look of modern luxury

Column, Jul. 30, 2015

Day Trips: Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, Taos, N.M.

Take a walk with a wild view across the seventh-highest bridge in the U.S.

Column, Jul. 23, 2015

Day Trips: Horsehead Crossing, Pecos River

Old Western trails funneled through the low-water crossing in the West Texas desert

Column, Jul. 16, 2015

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