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Melissa Gaskill

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An independent journalist for 17 years, Melissa has degrees in Zoology and Journalism and specializes in science, nature, and outdoor-oriented travel. She grew up in Texas, raised three children in Austin, and enjoys camping, hiking, kayaking and scuba diving. Her work has appeared in American Way, Family Fun, Men's Journal, Wildflower, Smithsonian, Texas Highways, Texas Parks & Wildlife, Texas Co-op Power, the Austin American Statesman and many other publications. She is the author of Best Hikes with Dogs: Texas Hill Country and Gulf Coast, now in its second printing, and often gives talks on hiking with dogs.

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The Stars at Night

Dark skies in Dripping Springs offer stargazing like nowhere else in Texas

By Melissa Gaskill

Just a few miles down the road from the bright lights of Austin, Dripping Springs holds on to its natural nights. The community’s efforts to practice better night lighting ...


Inside Jacoby's

A sneak peek at Jacoby's Restaurant & Mercantile: Opening later this summer on the east side

By Melissa Gaskill

The new Jacoby’s Restaurant & Mercantile in East Austin lies beneath a roof of weathered, corrugated tin. A fence of gnarled, rough cedar posts flanks its entrance. Barn wood in ...


Coastal Cuisine

Headed to the beach? Here are 5 must-try restaurants in Port Aransas

By Melissa Gaskill

Summertime at the beach means sun and surf, of course, but good meals play an important role in the vacation experience, too. The quintessential Texas beach town of Port Aransas ...


Tequila for Everyone

Tequila revival? Tasty spirit is served best with an Austin twist

By Melissa Gaskill

Forget what you thought you learned about tequila back in college. Gone are the days of salt-rimmed shots and sloppy margaritas. This venerable liquor is enjoying renewed interest from those ...


Austinite in London

An Austinite's guide to London: Hot restaurants, cool bars and, of course, barbecue

By Melissa Gaskill

As you've probably heard, Austin now has a daily, direct flight to London on British Airways, which gives the perfect excuse to visit jolly ol' England. In addition to ...


Coffee Any Way You Like It

Austin's cold-brewed coffee market heats up with the help of local retailers

By Melissa Gaskill

The Austin coffee scene has been hot for years (pun intended) but the latest trend goes cold. Cold-brewed, that is. Most of us make coffee by pouring boiling water ...


London Calling

On board the Dreamliner: British Airways' new direct flight from Austin to London

By Melissa Gaskill

The “international” in Austin Bergstrom International Airport  bumped up a notch on March 3 when British Airways launched direct flights between Austin and London. Five days a week now, and ...


Austin's Environmental Year

10 major Austin environmental actions of 2013

By Melissa Gaskill

Austin is known for loving its natural environment, and sometimes we take action to protect and enhance it. Here, in no particular order, are 10 things that happened in 2013 ...


Big Science

Invisibility cloaks and galaxies far away: Austin's 5 top science events of 2013

By Melissa Gaskill

The scientific community constantly makes new discoveries and fascinating observations, improving our health, advancing our horizons, saving wild species, changing the technology that permeates our lives. This year saw its ...


Meat and Moonshine

Taking the cure: Handmade charcuterie and cocktails play special role at Central Texas restaurant

By Melissa Gaskill

Two large glass jars on the gleaming, stainless steel counter held a clear, slightly golden liquid, bright yellow lemons and fresh sprigs of thyme. The bartender poured a drink from ...


Hot Holiday Tamales

Christmas tamale-making 101: Scenes from a Texas tamalada

By Melissa Gaskill

I sprinkled salt, pepper, and chili powder over the ball of masa in a bowl in front of me, then kneaded it with my bare hands. Flores Soliz spooned the ...


Let the 'Games' Begin

Archery craze catches fire as novices pumped for Hunger Games sequel lift bows and learn to shoot

By Melissa Gaskill

The arrow struck the target with a satisfying thwack, landing just inside a blue circle worth 20 points. Not bad for someone who, up until an hour ago, had never ...


Bullock Museum's Extreme Mammals

Extreme Mammals exhibit makes exclusive Texas stop at Austin's Bullock museum

By Melissa Gaskill

In late October, 11 18-wheelers arrived at Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin, packed with 120 Indiana Jones-style crates: large, wooden boxes marked “Fragile” and “This Side Up.” “Extreme ...


Wine, Cake and Views

Meet the newest member of the Texas Hill Country wine family

By Melissa Gaskill

Add another stop to the long and growing list of must-visit Texas Hill Country wineries. Hawk’s Shadow Winery, which can be found down a narrow, winding road west of ...


Street Treats at ACL Fest

Street Treats food carts offer Austin's homeless an opportunity to earn income at ACL Fest

By Melissa Gaskill

Attendees at this weekend’s second act of ACL Festival have a choice of nearly 40 food vendors offering everything from veggie burgers to pork belly banh mi sandwiches. In ...


Eat More Lionfish

Doing a good deed has never been so delicious

By Melissa Gaskill

I went to Cove Bar, part of the Haven Restaurant in Houston, for the express purpose of eating a lionfish. This invasive species is wreaking havoc throughout the South Atlantic ...


After West, Texas

Texas fertilizer plant explosion like the one in West could happen again

By Melissa Gaskill

The explosion of a fertilizer plant in West, Texas in April 2013 seemed like a freak accident, but in reality Texas has more than 100 similar facilities, any one of ...


Survival Skills and Spa Time

Learn how to survive the apocalypse while sitting in the lap of luxury

By Melissa Gaskill

It pays to be prepared, whether you want to survive getting lost in the woods, the next hurricane or a zombie apocalypse. Stockpiling food and water is a start, but ...


Sharks in 3D

Great white sharks prepare to invade Austin in 3D

By Melissa Gaskill

On August 2, the ocean’s greatest predator will arrive in Austin — on film, that is. Great White Shark 3D debuts at the Bullock Texas State History Museum’s IMAX ...


Preserving Texas

Texas Land Conservancy's new Land for Water initiative aims to protect key watersheds

By Melissa Gaskill

A small crowd sipped sangria and craft beers and nibbled on pastrami at Salt & Time on last Thursday. Rather than your typical hipster confab, this was an event marking the ...


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