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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: Southfork Ranch, Dallas

Big hats and big hair are remembered fondly at the Ewings' house

Column, May. 21, 2015

Day Trips: Culinaria, San Antonio

Explore the world of food and drink in the Alamo City

Column, May. 14, 2015

Day Trips: 700 Springs, Junction

There's a lot of water spouts at Texas' 11th-largest spring

Column, May. 7, 2015

Day Trips: Project Row Houses, Houston

Former shotgun houses get new life as art galleries

Column, Apr. 30, 2015

Day Trips: Regency Bridge Loop, Goldthwaite

Enjoy the wildflowers on this self-guided driving tour through the hills

Column, Apr. 23, 2015

Day Trips: Dick's Classic Car Museum, San Marcos

Travel through an automotive time machine

Column, Apr. 16, 2015

Day Trips: Katy Prairie, Hockley

Wildlife viewing platform give a bird's eye view of Warren Lake

Column, Apr. 9, 2015

Day Trips: Sacred Tours, San Marcos

Walk in the footsteps of the Coahuiltecan people

Column, Mar. 26, 2015

Day Trips: Marina's German Bakery, El Paso

Hot cross buns in the land of pan dulce

Column, Mar. 19, 2015

Day Trips: Prairie Dog Town

These critters are making a comeback

Column, Mar. 12, 2015

Day Trips: Killen's Texas Barbecue in Pearland

Taking smoked meats to a new plateau

Column, Mar. 5, 2015

Day Trips: Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park

A great place for bird-watching

Column, Feb. 26, 2015

Day Trips: Elissa, Galveston

A proud ship and a unique classroom

Column, Feb. 19, 2015

Day Trips: Cattail Marsh, Beaumont

Nature preserve offers up amazing sights

Column, Feb. 12, 2015

First Plates Extra Helpings: The Best Chicken-Fried Steak Is the One in Front of You

Connoisseurs may know the truth, but can we talk about it after dinner?

Food Daily, Feb. 6, 2015 9:30 AM

Day Trips: Grand Central Cafe, Kingsland

Cafe from classic horror film still killin' it

Column, Feb. 5, 2015

First Plates Extra Helpings: Hit the Road & Eat Like a Local

Five cafes a conversation away from Austin

Food Daily, Feb. 2, 2015 9:30 AM

Day Trips: Kiki's Mexican Restaurant, El Paso

A little place with a big reputation

Column, Jan. 22, 2015

Day Trips: Quinta Mazatlan

McAllen home to diverse ecosystem

Column, Jan. 15, 2015

Day Trips: Twin Sisters Dance Hall

The oldest dance hall in Texas?

Column, Jan. 8, 2015

Day Trips: Top 10s (+1)

Remembering a year of Day Trips

Column, Dec. 31, 2014

Day Trips

Eyesore or mysterious landmark?

Column, Dec. 23, 2014

Day Trips: St. Anthony's Cathedral, Beaumont

A beautiful basilica in Beaumont

Column, Dec. 18, 2014

Day Trips: Horn Shelter Man

Mystery still surrounds ancient remains

Column, Dec. 11, 2014

Day Trips: Hill Country Pottery

Pottery inspired by the landscape

Column, Dec. 4, 2014

Day Trips: Hidalgo Pumphouse Museum

Museum tells the story of the Rio Grande Valley

Column, Nov. 26, 2014

Day Trips: Eisenhower State Park, Denison

Activities abound at this state park

Column, Nov. 20, 2014

Day Trips: Galveston's Lafitte Steps

A notorious pirate leaves his mark

Column, Nov. 13, 2014

Day Trips: HiWay 77 Cafe

Cafe honors men and women in uniform

Column, Nov. 6, 2014

Day Trips: Buggy Barn Museum

A rest home for some Hollywood character actors

Column, Oct. 30, 2014

Day Trips: Goldthwaite's Texas Botanical Garden

Re-creating a slice of the Texas Hill Country

Column, Oct. 23, 2014

Day Trips: Gonzales Jail Museum

Crime and punishment in Central Texas

Column, Oct. 16, 2014

Day Trips

Waco zoo has unexpected visitors

Column, Oct. 9, 2014

Day Trips

Llano's Fain's Honey Company and Fredericksburg's Pedernales Brewing Company meet in a bar, and the results will surprise you

Column, Oct. 2, 2014

Day Trips

The Dallas Farmers Market offers up a foodie's paradise

Column, Sep. 25, 2014

Day Trips

Gladys City in Beaumont re-creates the boomtown and gusher at Spindletop

Column, Sep. 18, 2014

Day Trips

Some of the best new developments in day-tripping around Texas

Column, Sep. 11, 2014

Day Trips

San Luis Spirits invites visitors to their Dripping Springs stills

Column, Sep. 4, 2014

Day Trips

The Southern Walnut Creek Hike and Bike Trail

Column, Aug. 28, 2014

Day Trips

San Antonio's Cured restaurant brings local ingredients to the table

Column, Aug. 21, 2014

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