Shala Gean 2017-09-27 02:29:50
TRIPPIN’ ACROSS TEXAS WITH CHET GARNER Rural towns. Big cities. Winding roads. Landmarks and hidden bridges. There’s one man who has made it his personal endeavor to explore all Texas has to offer. Chet Garner has traveled more than 150,000 miles exploring the Lone Star State. He’s the producer and host of The Daytripper, an Emmy-Award winning travel show airing on PBS stations across the country. With his trademark humor, Garner is dedicated to showing viewers the hidden beauty in their own backyard. “We take daytrips all over the state of Texas—big cities, small towns. It doesn’t matter,” Garner said. “We like to show people that no matter where they go in the Lone Star State, they can always find great things to do.” The Daytripper first premiered as The Austin Daytripper in 2009 and has been on air for nine seasons. In each episode, Garner gives viewers a chance to ride along and discover hidden swimming holes, historical markers and mom and pop restaurants. Garner said his childhood fostered his love for backroads. “We traveled the roads every which way you could possibly imagine,” Garner said. “My dad was notorious for never taking the same way twice, because he was always looking for a faster route.” After landing a successful job, the Baylor law graduate found his true calling wasn’t buried in legal work. It was discovering Texas. “I went to law school, because I liked learning. But when it came time to actually be an attorney, I realized that wasn’t at all what I was being called to do,” Garner said. “Just working for a paycheck is no way to live. You’ve got to do something that inspires you every day.” Garner returned to his true passion and embraced his love of travel. And he’s developed a greater appreciation for Texas agriculture through his travels. “I love traveling Texas, because this state is about 10 states crammed into one,” Garner said. “It is always amazing to me how many different plants and animals that our state is perfectly suited for.” Garner said agriculture also provides many tourist attractions he features on the show—like U-pick orchards and corn mazes. “Farmers typically have become very transparent,” Garner said. “They want people to know the hard work and grit it takes to make the food that we eat everyday. I love that!” Season nine of The Daytripper will air on PBS in October. Garner said this season includes towns like Belton, Lake Travis and Hico. He has visited more than 220 counties in Texas, but Garner said he’s still trying to get his “254 Club” badge. But there are parts of the Northeast Panhandle he hasn’t traveled to yet. “I’ve got to finish it. I’ve got to earn that badge,” Garner said.
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