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: Polak’s Sawsage Farm, Karnes City
Day Trips: Polak’s Sawsage Farm, Karnes City
Savory sausages and delectable desserts worth the trip

Columns, Nov. 24, 2021

Day Trips: Fulton Fishing Pier, Rockport/Fulton
Day Trips: Fulton Fishing Pier, Rockport/Fulton
Popular angling spot reopens after Hurricane Harvey damage

Columns, Nov. 18, 2021

Day Trips: La Plaza de los Lagartos, El Paso
Day Trips: La Plaza de los Lagartos, El Paso
Colorful sculpture pays tribute to alligators of the past

Columns, Nov. 11, 2021

Day Trips & Beyond: November Events Roundup
Day Trips & Beyond: November Events Roundup
It’s time for chili cook-offs, festivals, and all sorts of November fun

Travel, Nov. 5, 2021

Day Trips: The Liberty Monument, Rowena
Day Trips: The Liberty Monument, Rowena
Celebrate your freedom to drink at this unique monument

Columns, Nov. 4, 2021

Day Trips: The Windmill Farm and Bed & Breakfast, Tolar
Day Trips: The Windmill Farm and Bed & Breakfast, Tolar
Take a spin and maybe stay for a spell

Columns, Oct. 28, 2021

Day Trips: Dobie Dichos, Oakville
Day Trips: Dobie Dichos, Oakville
Gather under the stars to celebrate storytelling and J. Frank Dobie

Columns, Oct. 21, 2021

Day Trips: Mac & Ernie’s Roadside Eatery, Tarpley
Day Trips: Mac & Ernie’s Roadside Eatery, Tarpley
Delicious cabrito burgers make it worth a trip

Columns, Oct. 14, 2021

Day Trips: Ruins of St. Dominic Church, D’Hanis
Day Trips: Ruins of St. Dominic Church, D’Hanis
Resilience of pioneers is captured on historic site

Columns, Oct. 7, 2021

Day Trips & Beyond: October Events Roundup
Day Trips & Beyond: October Events Roundup
Enjoy fall foliage, festivals, and fairs

Travel, Oct. 1, 2021

Day Trips: Coyote Country Store, Gail
Day Trips: Coyote Country Store, Gail
Beautiful scenery and good food at a unique outdoor music venue

Columns, Sept. 30, 2021

Day Trips: Three Rivers Petroglyph Site, New Mexico
Day Trips: Three Rivers Petroglyph Site, New Mexico
Ancient rock art displays Jornada Mogollon creativity

Columns, Sept. 23, 2021

Day Trips: Big Ike, Denison
Day Trips: Big Ike, Denison
Giant bust of DDE welcomes visitors to his birthplace

Columns, Sept. 16, 2021

Day Trips: 9/11 Flight Crew Memorial, Grapevine
Day Trips: 9/11 Flight Crew Memorial, Grapevine
Poignant monument pays tribute to those who lost their lives

Columns, Sept. 9, 2021

Day Trips & Beyond: September Events Roundup
Day Trips & Beyond: September Events Roundup
September events around the state are waiting for you to arrive

Travel, Sept. 3, 2021

This Job Will Change Your Life
This Job Will Change Your Life
Former staff reflect on the zigs and zags of life post-Chronicle

Features, Sept. 2, 2021

Day Trips: Four Favorites
Day Trips: Four Favorites
Looking back at decades of "Day Trips" for the Chronicle's 40th

Columns, Sept. 2, 2021

Day Trips: Choctaw Cultural Center, Durant, Okla.
Day Trips: Choctaw Cultural Center, Durant, Okla.
Tribe's rich history comes to life at modern community center

Columns, Aug. 26, 2021

Day Trips: Eclectic Menagerie Park, Houston
Day Trips: Eclectic Menagerie Park, Houston
Outdoor collection is part sculpture museum, part inanimate zoo

Columns, Aug. 19, 2021

Day Trips: Goose Island State Park, Rockport
Day Trips: Goose Island State Park, Rockport
Coastal park offers campsites and a fisherman's paradise

Columns, Aug. 12, 2021

Day Trips & Beyond: August Events Roundup
Day Trips & Beyond: August Events Roundup
Adventures abound all the way up to Albuquerque

Travel, Aug. 6, 2021

Day Trips: National WASP WWII Museum, Sweetwater
Day Trips: National WASP WWII Museum, Sweetwater
A collection of artifacts commemorates the women who served as pilots in World War II

Columns, Aug. 5, 2021

Day Trips: South Llano River State Park, Junction
Day Trips: South Llano River State Park, Junction
A river runs through it

Columns, July 29, 2021

Day Trips: Frida Kahlo Oasis, San Antonio
Day Trips: Frida Kahlo Oasis, San Antonio
Re-creation of the artist's home transports visitors to Mexico

Columns, July 22, 2021

Day Trips: The Giant Legs of Amarillo
Day Trips: The Giant Legs of Amarillo
Mock tribute to Ozymandias adds quirky character to the Panhandle

Columns, July 15, 2021

Day Trips: The Big Tree, Lamar
Day Trips: The Big Tree, Lamar
Make a wish at the oldest living thing in Texas

Columns, July 8, 2021

Day Trips & Beyond: July Events Roundup
Day Trips & Beyond: July Events Roundup
The latest on Texas festivals, swimming holes, and terrifying worms

Travel, July 2, 2021

Day Trips: TEXAS Outdoor Musical, Canyon
Day Trips: TEXAS Outdoor Musical, Canyon
Palo Duro Canyon offers a stunning stage

Columns, July 1, 2021

Day Trips: I.B. Magee County Park, Port Aransas
Day Trips: I.B. Magee County Park, Port Aransas
Port A park has rebounded from Hurricane Harvey

Columns, June 24, 2021

Day Trips: Bat-Watching in Texas
Day Trips: Bat-Watching in Texas
Six places to watch the bats

Columns, June 17, 2021

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