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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: 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

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Waco zoo has unexpected visitors

Column, Oct. 9, 2014

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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

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The Dallas Farmers Market offers up a foodie's paradise

Column, Sep. 25, 2014

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

Column, Sep. 18, 2014

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

Column, Sep. 11, 2014

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San Luis Spirits invites visitors to their Dripping Springs stills

Column, Sep. 4, 2014

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The Southern Walnut Creek Hike and Bike Trail

Column, Aug. 28, 2014

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

Column, Aug. 21, 2014

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Watch the world go about its business as you do yours in Sulphur Springs

Column, Aug. 14, 2014

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A sometimes-Green Bay Packers fan gets a lesson in love

Column, Aug. 7, 2014

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Historic grocery store is a time capsule to the past

Column, Jul. 31, 2014

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From wedding cakes to king cakes, Rao's Bakery has you covered

Column, Jul. 24, 2014

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South of the border, down Mexico way

Column, Jul. 17, 2014

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The Austin Zoo has some new residents

Column, Jul. 10, 2014

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Natural Bridge Caverns is home to Buddy the giraffe

Column, Jul. 3, 2014

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Northeast Texas Trail from Farmersville to New Boston is the longest Texas rails-to-trails project

Column, Jun. 26, 2014

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Follow the trail to Lynchburg, Tenn., and the Jack Daniel's Distillery

Column, Jun. 19, 2014

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The Big Thicket survives at Larsen Sandyland Preserve near Silsbee

Column, Jun. 12, 2014

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Get your thrill and Edom too at Blueberry Hill Farms

Column, Jun. 5, 2014

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Join chef Johnny Hernandez for a taste of old Mexico and brunch at his San Antonio home

Column, May. 29, 2014

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New Orleans traditions begin at the historic Columns Hotel

Column, May. 22, 2014

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Student rockets scream across the sky at Willow City

Column, May. 15, 2014

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Take a bite out of boredom at Gator Country outside of Beaumont

Column, May. 8, 2014

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Watching the ships roll in to Galveston Bay at Fort Travis Seashore Park

Column, May. 1, 2014

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Historic spring still an oasis in the West Texas town of Big Spring

Column, Apr. 24, 2014

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Explore the Big Thicket on a two-hour cruise up the Neches River from Beaumont

Column, Apr. 17, 2014

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Sand castles come in many forms at the Texas SandFest in Port Aransas

Column, Apr. 10, 2014

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Tyler's Barbecue in Amarillo ain't fooling around

Column, Apr. 3, 2014

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Fannin Battleground site lives in infamy

Column, Mar. 27, 2014

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Wine, beer, and the Regency Bridge make San Saba a destination

Column, Mar. 20, 2014

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Texas town celebrates the Civil War's fallen

Column, Mar. 12, 2014

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RV Museum in Amarillo shows how Americans take the edge off of roughing it

Column, Mar. 6, 2014

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Bastrop foundry has a heart of bronze

Column, Feb. 27, 2014

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Dine with an astronaut at Space Center Houston's Astronaut Fridays

Column, Feb. 20, 2014

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Gerald saddles up on the barbecue trail

Column, Feb. 13, 2014

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New Orleans spring festival season is all about music and food

Column, Feb. 6, 2014

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Fresh Tex-Mex beer at Twisted X Brewery in Dripping Springs

Column, Jan. 30, 2014

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Dallas' Sonny Bryan's Smokehouse lights up the sunny side of the street

Column, Jan. 23, 2014

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