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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: 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

Day Trips: Hughes Springs

Mineral waters still flow at small town pavilion in the piney woods

Column, Jun. 22, 2017

Day Trips: Joe T. Garcia’s Restaurant, Ft. Worth

Iconic Mexican food restaurant serves a river of patrons by offering a limited menu

Column, Jun. 15, 2017

Day Trips: Collin Street Bakery, Corsicana

Fruitcake factory fills sales room with the warm smell of something in the oven

Column, Jun. 8, 2017

Day Trips & Beyond: June Events Roundup

Activities to get your summer sizzling

Travel Daily, Jun. 1, 2017 4:06 PM

Day Trips: Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth

Public tours go behind the scenes for insights into race day excitement

Column, Jun. 1, 2017

Day Trips: Veterans Memorial Plaza, San Antonio

Small park in downtown San Antonio serves as a moving Memorial Day reminder

Column, May. 25, 2017

Day Trips: Life’s a Beach, Corpus Christi

The islands across the causeway offer sun, sand, and surf all summer long

Column, May. 18, 2017

Day Trips: Magnolia Market, Waco

In four short seasons, home improvement show becomes biggest tourist attraction in town

Column, May. 11, 2017

Day Trips & Beyond: May Events Roundup

Baby sea turtles, Elvis Fest, and more!

Travel Daily, May. 5, 2017 9:45 AM

Day Trips: 7A Ranch Resort, Wimberley

Iconic family summer vacation cottages get a new lease on life after devastating flood

Column, May. 4, 2017

Day Trips: International Waterlily Collection, San Angelo

Texas botanical garden of water plants saved the native flowers of Egypt’s Nile River

Column, Apr. 27, 2017

Day Trips & Beyond: Of Texas Rivers & Texas Art

Collection expands our appreciation for nature and art

Travel Daily, Apr. 26, 2017 2:18 PM

Day Trips & Beyond: Texas Springs Under Threat

Visit these five watering holes while you can

Travel Daily, Apr. 20, 2017 7:05 AM

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