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Texans have known great partnerships throughout Lone Star history: Goodnight and Loving, Waylon and Willie and now Texas Co-op Power and Chet Garner, the Daytripper. Beginning with the April 2019 travel issue, Texas Co-op Power will deliver Chet’s one-of-a-kind stories from Texas backroads. Share in the excitement as Chet explores out-of-the-way curiosities and colorful characters that make Texas unique.
See Chet’s stories on the pages of Texas Co-op Power each month or enjoy a video of the trip on TexasCoopPower.com. Take Chet’s advice and hit the road yourself. You’ll find a new appreciation for the great state of Texas.
Catch up on Chet’s latest stories:
Chet has his eyes on a collection of antique Cadillacs. Stroll with him as he considers giving one a paint job.
Heart of the Matter
Chet likes to be in the middle of things. In this case, he’s literally looking for the exact middle of Texas, and he finds it.
Where Artistry Congregates
Czech and German painted churches in Central Texas are sparkling shrines.
Chet gets hooked, like so many tarpons did in the Gulf of Mexico, when he steps into the Tarpon Inn’s lobby in Port Arthur.
Ghost Town Hangout
It’s a long way from anywhere to Terlingua, but it doesn’t take Chet long to discover that nothing about the place is a bore.
Road Trip Relics
While cruising the Mother Road, Chet pulls off into a previous century and visits the U-Drop Inn Café in Shamrock.
Matagorda Island Lighthouse
Chet takes a selfie with the 1852 Matagorda Island lighthouse.
Fronds in High Places
Chet manages to lose himself in the sights and sounds of the Sabal Palm Sanctuary, which provides habitat for dozens of birds, including not-to-be-ignored chachalacas.
Chet takes in the wonders of the rock art at White Shaman Preserve that was created thousands of years ago, including the namesake White Shaman figure.
Something’s Fishy Here
Chet almost forgot about the haunted surroundings at Catfish Plantation in Waxahachie as he enjoyed some of the best catfish he’s ever had.
Orange is the new Chet at Houston’s Orange Show.
Spirits of Seguin
Chet visits the haunted Magnolia Hotel in Seguin—but he’s not alone when he does.
Dead Man’s Hole near Marble Falls remains as a grim reminder of Civil War brutality.
Sharpening My Knowledge
Chet learned a lot about barbed wire, which changed the frontier prairie forever, at the Devil’s Rope Museum in McLean. How much of what he learned will stick?
The Height of Deceit
Chet gets to the bottom of the story behind the world’s littlest skyscraper by climbing all the way to the top—all four stories.
Must See Sequel
Chet visits Stonehenge II in Ingram with hopes of being blessed by the power of the sun.
Camp Street Blues
Chet learns about the history of Camp Street in Crockett and visits with Pipp Gillette, cowboy storyteller and picker, at a remnant of the town’s musical past.
Stopping by the Stagecoach
Chet admires the tasty Texas cooking and historic accommodations at the renovated Stagecoach Inn in Salado.
A football field in San Saba, built over a cemetery, has a lively history.
A dot on the map in West Texas boasts keepsakes from Roy Orbison’s career.
Fun in the Past Tense
Odd, fascinating collection at the Frontier Times Museum in Bandera makes for memorable visit.
What Lies Beneath
Buffalo Bayou’s forgotten cistern returns to public life
Lowly Activities in Arlington
Top O’ Hill Terrace was a tearoom atop an underground gambling hideout.
An inspiring desk perched on Hancock Hill overlooks Sul Ross State University in Alpine.
The Ezekiel Airship may have made man’s first flight in 1902 near Pittsburg.