Texas has hill country? Who knew? Well, the Lonely Planet guide to Texas, which calls the Hill Country “rightfully one of the state’s biggest tourist draws . . . an area of gently rolling hills and valleys freckled with cacti and cattle ranches, lined with rivers and dotted with peaceful, picturesque little towns.” And any self-respecting Texan might know as much. Forty miles west of Austin and fifty north of San Antonio, the Hill Country is within an easy drive of two of the state’s biggest cities, putting back-country quiet and beauty within reach of countless urban dwellers seeking respite.
Gary Clark is the weekly nature columnist for the Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Express News and a professor at Lone Star College-North Harris. The winner of eight writing awards, he also publishes feature articles in state and national magazines and has written several books, including Backroads of the Texas Hill Country, Texas Wildlife Portfolio, and Portrait of Houston.
Kathy Adams Clark has worked as a professional photographer since 1995. Her photos have been published in many magazines, calendars, and books, including Backroads of the Texas Hill Country and Portrait of Houston. Her images have also appeared with her husband Gary's weekly nature column in the Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Express News. Kathy is a past president of the North American Nature Photography Association. She teaches photography and is a popular speaker at local and national events. Kathy remains a proud native Texan; her family settled in Texas in 1845.
This quality paperback is a colorful guide to 30 scenic drives through the heart of the LoneStarState. With over 175 spectacular photographs, maps and detailed driving directions, this is all you need to explore off the beaten path and beyond the common tourist attraction. --RVLifestyle, February 2009
…will awaken your sense of adventure and spur you to get back on the road. Whether you are a native Texan or a wandering full timer, the beautiful imagery in Backroads of the Texas Hill Country will inspire you to explore…The photos documenting these graceful old buildings, particularly of Mission Concepcion and Mission San Jose — where services are still held in the church — are beautiful. --www.motorhomemagazine.com/ February 2009 The economy is in a tailspin but gas prices remain reasonable, so maybe this is the year of the road trip…Need Help? Backroads of the Texas Hill Country features 30 drives with detailed directions, beautiful photographs, maps and stories about the history and geography of the area. --Austin American-Statesman, January 18, 2009