Don't mess with Texas

Trip Start Jun 24, 2006
Trip End Jul 09, 2006

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Monday, June 26, 2006

Trust us...we don't want to mess with Texas - heck...we don't ever want to come back. It was a long, but pretty smooth drive - long and flat. Apparently, Virginia is the only state that has not yet adopted 70mph speed limits!! Upon leaving Memphis, Arkansas came up on us pretty fast and Liz had to do some quick maneuvering to catch the "Welcome to Arkansas" shot as we crossed the bridge into the state. Not much you can really say about Arkansas - we did catch sight of one roadside armadillo and a Wrangler Jeans truck (does anyone wear Wranglers anymore?). We made a pit stop at Wimpy's (that reference is a test to see if you've been faithfully following along!). However, much to our dismay, we arrived after the Dang Denton Bible Kids (heretofore to be referred to as the DDBK) who had consumed just about everything we wanted to eat - the spicy chicken sandwiches, the baked lays, the sweet & sour dipping sauce and ALL the iced tea - sweetened and unsweetened!! !!! All told, it took us about 9hrs from Memphis, at least an hour longer than we thought as we learned Lancana, TX is NOT a suburb of Dallas. After some rough navigating at 2am (what kind of city has TWO I-35s???) we finally made it to Matt's house to crash for the night - our last "luxury" accommodations before a week of camping.

After a good night's sleep, a load of laundry and a little lovin' from Jabba, the BIG English bull dog, we're off to San Antonio. Again, everyone who works for the Texas Dept of Transportation must be fired. The roads here SUCK!!! I'd like to think that between 3 reasonable intelligent women, we know how to read a map, but we just seem to keep getting lost. - again, what kind of state has an Upper and Lower I-35 with signs that tell you which one you should be on!! And is it really asking too much for 1 little highway sign that reads, "This way to the The Alamo"? I mean, c'mon - why else is anyone coming to San Antonio?!?!?!? But, after some navigational issues, we made it to San Antonio - some how Liz got stuck on the last driving leg again, so she got the brunt of the "coming into town chaos" - we've promised that she doesn't have to end any more days of driving. So...after MANY choruses of "F Texas" we made it to the Alamo and were quite impressed. The gardens surrounding the actual building were very serene and we got to see our first cactus - proving that we've finally made it off the east coast. There was a gorgeous old oak tree that was relocated to the Alamo back in 1812. Inside, the Alamo is pretty small but very neat and filled with artifacts, including Davy Crockett's vest - I really would've preferred to see the coon-skin cap, but we settled for the vest. We read through the list of Alamo "heroes" which include John and Samuel Blair from Tennessee who are supposedly Sarah's distant relatives - there seems to be some disagreement between Ma and Pa Blair as to whether or not that's a fact. Regardless, it just sounds cool.

From the Alamo, it's off to the Riverwalk. It's just like Beale Street - as soon as you enter, someone sells you a drink that you can walk around with. And there is nothing better than a margarita in your hand on a hot Texas day. The Riverwalk is very cool with all it's shops and restaurants along the way - makes me think it's probably like Venice on a much smaller scale. After dinner on the Riverwalk, we heading for our campsite - an early night since we have a long drive ahead. Our first night camping and it almost didn't happen. Again, getting proper direction out of a Texan is like pulling teeth - the lady at the KOA told us to go east on a road that was one-way westbound! We finally got our bearings and much to our dismay, began driving through the ghetto on the way to the KOA. I think we were all in agreement that we were ready to put off roughing for another night and go hit up a hotel. But upon arrival, we found an oasis in the projects - it was camping in style - electricity, running water, showers, bathrooms, laundry, internet access and a general store - oh yeah, did I mention the pool and hot tub?!?!? No, we're not kidding! We didn't use them, but it was nice just knowing they were there. So, we set up the tent, chilled for a while and then hit the hay - a little bit later than Sarah's self-imposed 9pm bedtime, but still not too late. We had some interesting neighbors, playing some interesting music, but they had gone off to hit the town before we hit the hay. And by hay, I mean a small little tent with 3 girls smashed in it in the heat of Texas. It was a little "cozy" but we all slept pretty well.
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