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Road trip: Living large in the Lone Star State
Texas. A state known by many different identities and nicknames including The Lone Star State, The Banner State and the “Don’t Mess with Texas” state. This land of the longhorns also lays claim to being the place where everything is bigger. Evidence backing up this statement is easily found during one of the best ways to experience all Texas has to offer…a road trip. Cruising the many roadways, you’ll find the world’s largest honky-tonk (Billy Bob’s), world’s largest mechanical talking cowboy (Big Tex at the State Fair of Texas), world’s largest high-definition video board (Texas Motor Speedway), world’s largest caterpillar… Read More

10 essentials for a road trip back to that college campus
The middle of August marks the end of summer for college students and the annual road trip to campus. But before students get back to the land of parties, tailgating and (hopefully) homework, there is some packing to be done. No one wants to arrive on campus only to realize they left an essential sitting on their nightstand. While there are multiple student checklists on the Internet, most are aimed more toward the practical (shower caddy) than the truly important (wireless speakers). Here are the 10 things you shouldn’t forget when packing the car for the pilgrimage back to school.… Read More

Road trip: A Letter from Camp Rockmont
Being from Texas, I always thought that the Hill Country was pretty nice. The rolling slopes that pave the way between Waco and Austin seem like a big to-do when you’re used to the flatlands of Dallas. But the Hill Country is nothing compared to what awaited my son and me in Black Mountain, North Carolina. It was my nine-year-old son’s first sleep-away camp. He and a classmate registered to attend Camp Rockmont in Black Mountain, near Asheville. I had done a little research on the camp, but didn’t really put any time into researching the area. I knew that… Read More

Road Trip: Beaucoup bats and battered dishes in Austin, Texas
Bats. Thousands of bats flew over my car as the Austin skyline materialized in front of me on I-35. After the bats welcomed me to Austin, it was only a short drive to my friend’s apartment near the west side of the University of Texas campus. I arrived at 9 p.m. on the dot, three and a half hours after I departed from Frisco, Texas. If you’re looking for a scenic drive with multiple lookout spots, I would not suggest the trip from Dallas to Austin. While there are beautiful sunflower fields and some surprisingly tasty Czech food along the… Read More

Road trip: A view from the top
I love the beach. I love summertime. But there is something so breathtakingly beautiful about the mountains…I can’t describe it. (And I’m a writer!) So, when I, a Texas girl, found a quaint Colorado cabin, about halfway up Pike’s Peak, I knew THAT was my summer retreat destination. Vacation week finally arrived and off I went, tackling the 781-mile drive that was mostly Texas. Relieved I made the decision to leave early and get there before sunset, I determined there was no way I could have found the cabin in the dark. Besides, the views were SPECTACULAR. It was a… Read More

A road trip to Destin, FL, white-sand beaches and seafood
Almost 12 hours, including stops. That was how long it took for the road trip part of our road trip to Destin, FL. Who was it that said getting there is half the fun? Obviously, they haven’t driven at night the nearly seven hours from Dallas to Shreveport and Lafayette, LA, then on to Baton Rouge. But the thought of our first vacation on the Florida Gulf Coast sustained four of us through the darkness. Starting at 11 p.m. on a Friday, we planned to be in Destin by 11 a.m. Saturday, in time for breakfast at Another Broken Egg… Read More

An American Holiday in the French Quarter
So flying to New Orleans to celebrate the Fourth of July weekend may not technically qualify as a “road trip,” but surely tackling the streets of the French Quarter on foot should count for something, right? However, when visiting the French Quarter, the emphasis should definitely be on the word “trip” rather than “road.” This wasn’t my first time going to the Crescent City, but it was my first visit during the Fourth of July. As usual, there were several factions of people invading the Quarter. You had your conventiongoers, your family reunion/vacation groups and then your general revelers, e.g.… Read More

Boyhood – a film that leads to reflection
  We’ve had our share of exciting movies already this summer, but one of the most unique and anticipated movies of the year has finally arrived. It only took 12 years to get here, but it was worth the wait as it touched me personally. Boyhood, written and directed by patrician indie filmmaker Richard Linklater (Before Midnight, Dazed and Confused), follows a family over a 12-year span, using the same actors, with no makeup or wigs. Indeed, both the story and the filming cover a dozen years.   Richard Linklater, Lorelai… Read More

Music to drive by: songs and bands for road trips
  We asked a few people from our RoadLoans staff about what their favorite bands and songs are for road trips, and they've got some pretty sophisticated answers. That’s tough. If I had to pick one song, I’d pick two. “Falling Objects” and “Bleed Out” by The Influence. Also rocking out to Pearl Jam and Joan Jett. Then, “At Last” by Etta James to calm down after we’ve arrived. - Mark Macesich, Senior Writer/Editor “Banditos” by The Refreshments. It's the perfect song to start an adventure. For me, road trips are about being fearless; about the unknown. I start every… Read More


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