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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: Alligator Bank, Alvin

Hometown financial institution makes a name for itself with a pair of reptiles

Column, Jan. 11, 2018

Day Trips & Beyond: January Events Roundup

Start 2018 with some Texas travel

Travel Daily, Jan. 5, 2018 7:00 AM

Day Trips: Exotic Wildlife Tours, Mountain Home

Excursions to the wildlife habitat give a look at a Texas legend

Column, Jan. 4, 2018

Day Trips: Top 10s 2017

Hurricane Harvey tops the list of events that affected day trippers in 2017

Column, Dec. 28, 2017

Day Trips & Beyond: New Year’s Eve 2017 Around Texas

Ringing in the new year across the Lone Star State

Travel Daily, Dec. 22, 2017 7:00 AM

Day Trips: River Trail Cottages, Kerrville

Old-fashioned motor court has new life with modern amenities

Column, Dec. 21, 2017

Day Trips: OS Ranch Museum, Post

Small-town art museum with a world-class collection

Column, Dec. 14, 2017

Day Trips: Gift Guide 2017

Gifts that make it worth a day trip double your fun

Column, Dec. 7, 2017

Day Trips & Beyond: Twelve Weeks After Hurricane Harvey in Port Aransas

"Port A is open for business," says chamber of commerce

Travel Daily, Dec. 2, 2017 7:00 AM

Day Trips & Beyond: December Events Roundup

Dickens on the Strand starts the month off right

Travel Daily, Dec. 1, 2017 7:00 AM

Day Trips: Island Motor Bikes, Port Aransas

Port A bike shop is back in business and ready for vacationers after Hurricane Harvey

Column, Nov. 30, 2017

Day Trips & Beyond: Christmas Lights 2017

Take the scenic route

Travel Daily, Nov. 22, 2017 7:00 AM

Day Trips: El Cosmico, Marfa

The alternative hotel of tepees, yurts, safari tents, and retro trailers is funky, fun, and functional

Column, Nov. 21, 2017

Day Trips: Ruth Paine House Museum, Irving

At first it might seem rather macabre to visit the house where the accused Lee Harvey Oswald spent his last night of freedom

Column, Nov. 16, 2017

Day Trips: Waymore’s Package Store, Littlefield

The High Plains outlaw lives on in family’s tribute museum and drive-through liquor store

Column, Nov. 9, 2017

Day Trips & Beyond: November Events Roundup

Highland Games, Wurstfest, and more

Travel Daily, Nov. 2, 2017 7:00 AM

Day Trips: Best of Texas

Here’s half a dozen of the best things about Texas travel in 2017

Column, Nov. 2, 2017

Day Trips: Old Alton Bridge, Denton

Goatman’s Bridge is a reminder of the cowardly Klansmen’s dastardly deed

Column, Oct. 26, 2017

Day Trips: San Antonio Botanical Garden

Public garden adds a culinary component to its flowering beds

Column, Oct. 19, 2017

Day Trips: Magic’s Theater, Dripping Springs

Old-fashioned magician thrills with timeless illusions and tricks

Column, Oct. 12, 2017

Day Trips: John Wayne’s Head in Lubbock

Hefty chunk of California sandstone becomes John Wayne’s head in Lubbock library

Column, Oct. 5, 2017

Day Trips & Beyond: October Events Roundup

Over 70 Texas fairs, fests, fetes, and more

Travel Daily, Oct. 4, 2017 7:00 AM

Day Trips: Camp Terralak, San Marcos

New private campground takes the roughing it out of camping but leaves the fun

Column, Sep. 28, 2017

Day Trips & Beyond: D.H. Lawrence in New Mexico

D.H. Lawrence’s banned art finds a home in Taos hotel

Travel Daily, Sep. 22, 2017 7:00 AM

Day Trips: Meow Wolf, Santa Fe, N.M.

New Mexican artist collective turns an old bowling alley into a modern fun house

Column, Sep. 21, 2017

Day Trips: Charreada, San Antonio

A ranch work competition rooted in Mexican tradition

Column, Sep. 14, 2017

Day Trips: Bracken Cave and Other Bat Caves

The bat colonies around Texas are swollen with mothers and their pups emerging for the nightly feeding frenzy, making for spectacular shows

Column, Sep. 7, 2017

Day Trips & Beyond: September Events Roundup

Autumn events you ought to check out

Travel Daily, Aug. 30, 2017 7:00 AM

Day Trips: West Columbia

A replica of the first capitol illustrates the humble beginnings of the Republic of Texas

Column, Aug. 24, 2017

Day Trips: Key Lime Pie Tour

Looking for America’s coolest summer pie at bakeries and restaurants around the area

Column, Aug. 17, 2017

Day Trips & Beyond: Key Lime Pie Tour

Key lime pie all over Texas

Travel Daily, Aug. 17, 2017 12:00 AM

Day Trips & Beyond: August Events Roundup

Last call for summer fun

Travel Daily, Aug. 14, 2017 4:00 PM

Day Trips: Whale-watching

Washington state offers an exciting escape from the summer heat

Column, Aug. 10, 2017

Day Trips: Crocodile Encounter, Angleton

A toothy smile at this animal park means it's feeding time

Column, Aug. 3, 2017

Day Trips: Texas Barbecue

Five barbecue joints in one day

Column, Jul. 27, 2017

Day Trips: Menil Collection, Houston

This summer, one of the Bayou City’s most interesting collections of art celebrates its 30th anniversary

Column, Jul. 13, 2017

Day Trips & Beyond: July Events Roundup

Activities to help you stay cool as summer heats up

Travel Daily, Jul. 6, 2017 5:00 PM

Day Trips: Muleshoe Bend Recreation Area, Spicewood

Popular mountain biking park shouldn’t be overlooked for its swimming and camping

Column, Jul. 6, 2017

Day Trips & Beyond: Welcome to Joanna and Chip Gaines' Waco

Perky Fixer Upper hosts are the town's new star attraction

Travel Daily, Jul. 4, 2017 7:05 AM

Day Trips: Topwater Grill, San Leon

Waterfront eatery serves up golden seafood with a beautiful view of the sunset

Column, Jun. 29, 2017

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