Until We Meet Again
Trip Start Mar 28, 2013
56Trip End Jul 31, 2013
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Before we left on this crazy adventure, friends of ours, Chip and Sandra Stewart mentioned that Chip would be in San Antonio for work in May and Sandra and the kids were thinking of joining him. Any chance we would be in Texas around that time? We really didn't know where we would be but thought that it would be pretty amazing it if worked out that we were in that area the same time as them. We coordinated dates a bit through email and surprisingly it worked to be able to spend some time in San Antonio together. Their daughter Emily and Caleb are in the same class at Welborne as is their son Luca and Cohen. Before we left for this trip we sadly had said goodbye to the Stewart family as when we arrived home they will have moved to Germany for Chip's work. Getting to see them again in San Antonio was such an unexpected surprise!
We drove through Houston on our way to San Antonio and couldn't believe the smog hanging over the city. It had lots of tall, mirrored looking buildings that looked like a smaller version of New York City. We swam at our campsite and did some laundry before we met the Stewarts at their hotel. It was so great to see some friends from home and we loved catching up on the news from Kingston.
Chip invited us to go to Fort Sam Houston, an army base and National Historic Landmark. We went to the Quadrangle where you could feed peacocks, geese, and deer that roamed free inside. The kids absolutely loved this and couldn't believe the animals were eating right out of their hands. They were able to feel the deer and we laughed as they chased them through the yard. The kids could have stayed here for hours but the adults were getting hungry so we headed to Rosario's for a fantastic Mexican meal. After dinner we said good-bye for the night as Clare needed to get to bed but we were looking forward to spending the day together tomorrow.
Next we walked along the River Walk and stopped for lunch at one of the Mexican restaurants right on the river. The kids downed more nachos (they love Lonestar at home) and we had a leisurely lunch chatting and hanging out. We continued on the River Walk and stopped at La Villita to go in the shops and all walked out of a shop leaving Clare by herself. She didn't even notice as she was happily looking at something but we felt terrible! We continued on, with Clare, and walked back to the hotel to go swimming.
Chip returned from work while we were swimming so we all had time together before we had to say our good-byes again. It was even harder the second time but we really value the time we had in San Antonio with them. Maybe their move is just a good excuse for us to head back to Europe!
After we said goodbye we headed to the San Jose Mission and toured through the beautiful buildings. Being a National Historic Site Cohen took the opportunity to become a Jr. Park Ranger there and answered the questions in his booklet. It's always so amazing to see how people use to live and to realize that all these beautiful buildings were built by hand not with all the tools and machines we have now. After Cohen's "swearing in" to become a Jr. Park Ranger and his badge presentation we drove by one of the other Missions on our way home.
We enjoyed some more biking on the River Walk after dinner and another swim then decided to leave the next morning to head to Garner State Park. Texas is so huge we feel if we don't keep moving we'll never get across it! San Antonio is definitely a place we would like to return to as we felt there was still so much to be seen. Bruce and I could spend hours walking or biking on the River Walk. We've passed lots of time in the truck talking about things we would do if we did a trip like this on our own someday. Maybe it will be a stop on what we refer to as "our empty nest" RV trip!