A year ago today, my son and I launched Lone Star Chronicles, this collection of short stories, photographs, videos and articles about life, liberty and the pursuit of fish here in Texas. To celebrate our one year anniversary, we’re posting our twelve favorite posts from the first year. Some of the pieces were written by us, some just presented here in your behalf. After a year of doing this, I’m not going to lie: maintaining a website and consistently providing meaningful content, is hard to do. If I had to grade our first year, I’d give us a C- which means there’s plenty of room for improvement in 2013. Please take a look at our site and feel free to provide us feedback. And please, if you have a story that you want to share, contact us through email (see Contact Us) or the Comment box below and tell us your story.
So in no particular order, here are our favorite posts of 2012:
Grey Fox Family (May 21, 2012). A cool little story of a photographer who got outfoxed, literally. To read the tale, click here: http://lonestarchronicles.com/grey-fox-family/
Cold Water Survival: Brandon Pope’s Story (January 13, 2012). This is a piece I wrote about the near cold weather drowning of an Arlington, Texas school teacher and avid angler. After being thrown from his boat, he was within inches of death, and then the unexpected happened. To see what, click here: http://lonestarchronicles.com/cold-lake-survival-brandon-popes-story/
The Pummeling – A Tale of a Man & 15 Bass (August 17, 2012). What happens when a man posts pictures of his catch on an online fishing forum? Not what he expected. To read this incredible story of one man’s online tailspin into infamy, click here: http://lonestarchronicles.com/the-pummeling-a-tale-of-a-man-and-15-bass/
Maddie versus the Catcher (September 24, 2012). This is an epic tale of two adversaries and their unusual duel on a Texas softball field. The read it, click here: http://lonestarchronicles.com/the-duel-a-pitchers-story/
Jax & the Possum Kingdom (January 5, 2013). This is the tale of a hunter, a deer and an energetic dog. But it’s no ordinary doggie tale. To find out why, click here: http://lonestarchronicles.com/jax-the-possum-kingdom/
Survival Story: Brazos River Rising (January 20, 2012). This is the true story of a lone kayaker camping on the banks of the upper Brazos River when he’s hit with a rapidly rising river. To read how he survived, click here: http://lonestarchronicles.com/survival-brazos-river-rising/
Backdoor to the Devils River (March 12, 2012). The Devils River is known for its great fishing as well as its isolation. But what happens when you choose an unconventional route to an already unconventional river? That’s the question that Texas kayak fishing guide Shane Davies sought to answer with one trip; this is the story of that trip: http://lonestarchronicles.com/amistad-route-to-the-devils-river/
10 Questions for Ben Tedrick (May 17, 2012). One of the most prolific outdoor bloggers in Texas is Ben Tedrick, who is part handyman, part technician, part poet, part photographer, and one hell of a storyteller. To read his insightful perspective on life in Texas, click here: http://lonestarchronicles.com/10-questions-for-ben-tedrick/
The Falcon and the Snake (January 11, 2012). This is an amazing series of photos about a wrestling match between two of nature’s fiercest adversaries. You’re not going to guess who wins. To find out, and see the photos, click here: http://lonestarchronicles.com/the-falcon-and-the-snake/
Lane Ferguson and the Big Catfish (February 7, 2012). This is the story of a boy, a promise and a big fish–with an even bigger payoff. The read his story, click here: http://lonestarchronicles.com/lane-ferguson-and-the-big-catfish/
Horsing Around on a Rising River (March 18, 2012). What’s a Texas outdoors story without horses? Throw in a rising river, and you have a tale of the outdoors that begs to be told. The read it, click here: http://lonestarchronicles.com/a-rising-river-and-surreal-scene/
The Buzz on Wheeler Branch (February 22, 2012). There’s a small but very productive reservoir that was recently opened in North Texas, but the impoundment is not without some controversy. To read why, click here: http://lonestarchronicles.com/the-buzz-on-wheeler-branch-reservoir/
Happy New Year!
~Bert & Dan Rodriguez, January 9, 2013