A Home Cooked Meal

Without Cousin Jeff around to get us up and going we fell back into our old ways of sleeping in and starting out late.  On Saturday morning we eventually got on the road and headed south toward San Antonio.  Our first stop in San Antonio was the Alamo.  All I knew of the Alamo is what I learned from the movie Pee Wee’s Big Adventure when I was a kid…it doesn’t have a basement.  We got caught up on our Texas history and toured the amazing grounds.

The Alamo

Koi Pond on Alamo Grounds

Alamo Grounds

Once overwhelmed with Texas history, we walked down to San Antonio’s River Walk.  Unfortunately, we happen to catch it when the river was drained for an annual dredging.  It wasn’t at its peak, but it was easy to see how amazing it must be in the Spring with the river flowing and the foliage in full effect.  There were arching bridges, waterfalls, and bars and restaurants lining the walk.  I attached a couple of images that I found from a Google search of what the River Walk should look like.  We will definitely be coming back here.

River Walk Being Dredged

River Walk Google Image

River Walk Google Image

Awhile back, Wes and Paula, Shannon’s good friend Heather’s parents, commented on the blog that if we make it to San Antonio we should look them up and invited us to stay at their place.  The danger of the blog is that we take people up on their offers.  We had a great night with Wes and Paula.  They made us our first home cooked meal in weeks — an amazing spaghetti dinner.  To top it all off, we ate brownies and ice cream by the fire.  We had a great time talking and learning about all of the critters lurking like wild hogs, rattlesnakes, and scorpions found outside, and sometimes inside.  Watch out Heather, we also heard some great childhood stories….a toy mouse making its way into mashed potatoes.  Thank you Wes and Paula for such a great night!

Spaghetti Dinner

A Home Cooked Meal

Brownies & Ice Cream


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6 Responses to A Home Cooked Meal

  1. Cousin Geoffrey says:

    Buenos dias!

    It’s a good thing you guys got rid of me when you did. The disappointment of arriving at the river walk in that condition would have driven me to hold up the river walk security team forcing them to fill the river and turn on the lights for us reminiscent of Clark Griswold at Wally World. We’d all most likely still be on lock down in the basement of the Alamo! Close one!

    I miss you guys so much! Safe travels and watch out for levies!



  2. Muhammad says:

    Didn’t you find it kind of strange that the Alamo is literally right across the street from a mall? Ha. Kind strikes me as odd. Ha.

  3. Aaron says:

    Bret, I can’t wait to catch up with you guys again! I look forward to each new post. While I love to read what the day brought, I ache to be out there with you!

    Keep riding Brother! I’ll be back out soon!

  4. Danielle says:

    I am so glad that you were able to check and make sure there really is no basement at the Alamo. I have wondered since childhood if this was, in fact, true. I still feel sorry for Pee Wee.

    I hope you continue to have safe travels!


  5. HP says:

    The dangers of encouraging one’s parents to host one’s friends while they are on a roadtrip… Hope you weren’t also subjected to marching band videos – though I’m sure that would have been good for a laugh! 🙂

    Enjoy your continued trek through the Lone Star state. Hope you guys aren’t held up in Dallas due to their “winter weather” (though as upstate/western New Yorkers you will get a kick out of what constitutes winter weather there)…

    Safe travels and hugs all around!

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