So much wind... even more time...

Trip Start Dec 24, 2010
Trip End Jun 01, 2011

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Sunday, February 20, 2011

When I checked my phone today, there were two extreme weather warnings on WeatherBug.  Both were for the Corpus Christi area and warned of winds in the twenties with gusting to the high thirties.  The also warned those driving high-profiled vehicles about it.  I conferred with Shorty and he quivered a bit and said "No por favor, Senor Boss Ralphie".  For once, I agreed and we're staying another night here to wait it out.

As I mentioned, we had planned on attending church this morning at Mision Concepcion. It's only a few miles from the park.  When we arrived, two greeters welcomed us heartily.  Then while we we were seated, the Deacon stopped at our pew and welcomed us, asking where we were from.  Then, before mass, the Deacon welcomed all visitors and mention a family with them today from Montana.  The entire congregation greeted us with applause as we stood up.  Amazing!  I've never felt so welcome in any church.  The priest had had a bad time of it, it seems.  Last night his house was broken into and all of his computer electronics were stolen, including his back-up drives with his writings and songs that he had composed.  Upon leaving, I asked if he had a Mac?  Yes, he said, but how did I know?  It's a Mac Thing, I told him.  I have software on my Mac that will locate  the laptop when it is first signed onto the internet and then takes a photo of the perpetrator.  All I have to do is notify the MacKeeper people.  Anyway...

The service was unique for us.  It was sung in English and interspersed with Spanish.  Many of the songs alternated these languages in every other verse.  Interesting and a challenge, but good for one's mind.  Overall, it was a blessing to be among so many friendly people.

After church, we visited the San Antonio Botanical Gardens.  It was a bit of a disappointment, since they had a hard freeze over the last few weeks.  Many of the sensitive plants and shrubs were brown and looked dead.  I can only imagine how heartbreaking it must have been to the staff and those who love the place.  We did wander around about an hour or more.  The most interesting spot was a bird viewing and feeding site in the trees.  They have a dedicated "quiet" room with a plexiglass shield that separates the people from the "quarry".  There's food and water readily available and many varieties of them flit in and out.  I got a few shots of some that I had never seen.  A fun time in all, we had!

There's an excellent restaurant in the main building near the entrance where we had lunch.  Lynnie had a hot spinach salad.  Hot meaning that it was warmed and so was the dressing.  I had a Cajun Muffaletta sandwich with thinly sliced ham and melted Swiss cheese.  LARGE portions, for sure.  Enough sandwich left to feed us lunch on the road tomorrow.

We decided we wanted to visit one of San Antonio's many Flea Markets.  I found one on US90, about fifteen miles from the garden.  With the help of the navigator, we got lost and found a few times and Lynnie, the driver, got a bit confused, in spite of my help.  We did arrive however and checked it out.  Mostly jewelry, hats, T-shirts and the like.  Lots of locals there, but few were buying.  A bit of a disappointment, but we did get to drive by Lackland AFB again, so I got my nostalgia fix.  

It's still blowing a bit here, but hopefully will settle down by morning. Then we'll head farther south and see what we can see what we can see.  Kind of like the bear going over the mountain, if you remember that.
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