Lone Star State...

Trip Start Oct 01, 2010
Trip End Oct 01, 2011

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Flag of United States  , Texas
Saturday, April 9, 2011

Texas is massive; the 2nd largest state in the US. Driving through it requires patience, something Steve and I both lack. Half way into the drive, with miles of pretty much the same scenery, we did the only appropriate thing...put on George W Bush's autobiography: Decision Points. It was actually interesting to hear his views and relive his presidency. Ya may not agree with all his decisions or think he's got his light bulb screwed in all the way but then again, it's easy to judge people without having walked in their shoes.

How fitting to drive into San Antonio to relive history at the Alamo. The days of the past where a handful of Texans held their ground, in an attempt to defend the Alamo against the Mexicans. A small piece of history remains a popular tourist site in the downtown plaza. I vaguely remember visiting it when I lived in Texas as a child but I didn't appreciate the history of it all back then. "Remember the Alamo!"

Another highlight of San Antonio is the Riverwalk. For years, I remember my parents raving about a shop selling the best sherbert ever and it was my goal to track this place down. All I remembered is that it was to the right of a bridge but there's a few bridges in the area. Finally, I found a shop that resembled the image I had conjured up in my mind. We had the sherbert but I wasn't amazed. Maybe it was the wrong place? Then again, I'm not much of a fan of frozen deserts and my dad could easily finish off a quart of ice cream. 

The Riverwalk is very Euro in that there's tons of outdoor establishments along the water, under trees providing relief from the sun. Without getting overheated, Rusty had a ball meeting all the people and seeing the sights. He's always a hit with the crowds. Peopl come up to us all the time telling us about their Puggle, asking what kind of dog he is or children asking to pet him. 

The people in Texas are uber friendly. We were at the AT&T Center looking into Spurs tickets or hockey. When a guy next to us overheard and offered his hockey tickets to us for free! (He couldn't make it to the game.) Steve walked back to the firefighters truck and when he found out that we were from out of town, he simply state, "Consider it Texan hospitality!" Well alrighty then! We ended up going to see the Spurs too! 

We just happened to be in town the week of the Fiesta Festival so we went back to the Alamo for the start of the festivities. Just as we arrived, the fireworks lit up the night. Rusty was a tad shaken up but quickly realized that it was no big deal. After all, while we lived in Singapore, fireworks went off quite frequently from outside our apartment and Rusty put 2 and 2 together.

The whole four days there were eventful. We visited museums, saw an old German Mansion area, visited Blue Star Brewery and a few dilapidated Missions. We ate good Mexican, did massive amounts of laundry in a part of town most people probably don't visit and slept at various Walmart parking lots. On our last night we found an RV Resort for $20! 

We intended on using our once a week visits to a resort as our off day or catch up day. The day we are plugged in, with electricity, water, dump, Internet but what we've found is that those days get allocated to clean up days and we never get around to catching up on our website or our blog. Ya think that with both of us not working, we'd have days to do that sort of thing. There's just too much to see and do that sitting around seems like such a waste of time. 


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