Friday, April 30, 2010

Back Blogging: Texas Road Trip

In April 2010 we drove to San Antonio to visit Crady and Brad before they moved to Little Rock for residency. It was an great roadtrip and only involved one shady hotel stay - the problem with traveling with dogs!

We were there during the Fiesta festival - 10 days of events, fireworks and parades. The Fiesta is mentioned in "1,000 Places to See Before You Die" so we got one more entry marked off in our book! San Antonio was huge and we heard way more Spanish than English. I'd been to San Antonio in high school with my family for a Rotary convention, but Ryan had never visited. We learned all about cascarones (colorful eggshells filled with confetti that are broken over unsuspecting heads) - I was completely shocked when Crady smashed one on top of my head when we arrived at a party. We ate at Mi Tierra and tried mole sauce for the first time. Loved it! We visited the Alamo and River Walk with borders both banks of the San Antonio River.

After we left "Brady" we stopped along the San Antonio Missions National Park Trail. The Alamo is the fifth mission preserved along the trail. It's downtown but the rest of the missions are out from the city. Pictured above is me in front of Mission Conception - also Mission Nuestra Señora de la Purísima Concepción de Acuña  - founded in 1716 by Franciscan friars. Sunday Mass is still offered here. If we'd been dressed appropriately I would have loved to go to a service!

No trip is complete without a little shopping and all Texans buy their boots from Cavender's!

The most famous gas station in Texas...Czech Stop in West, Texas. The line line wrapped all around the inside of the store!

And meeting up with Sarah Hunt and Hunter at Chuy's Tex-Mex in Dallas.

The next morning we walked around downtown Dallas and saw where JFK was shot. Somehow I can't find those photos or the any with Uncle Rob - we had lunch with him in Canton!

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