Wednesday, March 11, 2015

San Antonio Weekend Trip

   Austin and I crossed this off the 101 list last September with a nice little weekend getaway. We drove to San Antonio on a Saturday morning, spent the night, and drove home the following afternoon. It was a fun trip with plenty of time to see some of the great things San Antonio has to offer. The end of September turned out to be great timing too. The weather was warm, but not too warm, which made spending so much time outdoors actually pleasant.


Day 1                                                    Day 2
11am   Missions Hike and Bike Trail       12pm Hotel Check-out
330pm Hotel Check-in and Shower         2pm Mexican Food at Market Square
5pm    Evening on the Riverwalk                          

This timeline worked really well for us. We never felt rushed or bored.

 This was such a great way to start off the trip! Especially for an active family with a husband that bores easily of traditional tourist activities.

  The Missions Hike and Bike Trail connects the five historic San Antonio Missions along the San Antonio River, ending at the Alamo. The cool thing about this trail is that you can make the experience your own. End to end the trail spans 10 miles (20 miles roundtrip) all of which are hike-able and bike-able. You can even rent bikes on site!

   I had recently hurt my back and biking was difficult for me, so instead we chose to walk/jog the roughly 3 miles (roundtrip) between Mission Espada and Mission San Juan. The scenery was what a friend of ours would call "Texas pretty." The missions themselves were really interesting too. A lot of the old structures are still in place and you can find maps everywhere to show you more about a building's history and usage.



   This was the perfect spot for an afternoon picnic. It was shady, quiet, and beautiful. Plus, the fountains made for a fun post-lunch playtime :)


   There are so many things you can do on the Riverwalk, and if you're a big shopper you could probably be happy spending an entire day roaming in and out of shops. That's not really our thing though, so we didn't.

   Instead, we spent an evening enjoying the ambiance, visiting just a few shops, taking a boat tour of the River, and having dinner and drinks at the Iron Cactus. All of which I highly recommend.

   P.s. There are ducks everywhere. It's adorable.


   You can't make a trip to San Antonio without seeing the Alamo. It's an interesting, but haunting, experience. Because of this I have no other photos to share.

Market Square is another great place for shoppers. It's full of Southwestern and Mexican style and culture. Lots of locally owned shops and galleries, and they've got some events too.

We had lunch at the awesomely decorated Mi Tierra (pictures wouldn't do it justice). Such a fun place to spend some time! Afterwards we grabbed a few dessert empanadas from the bakery - guava filling anyone? We're adventurous desserters :)

   I found a Groupon for the Wyndham Garden San Antonio Riverwalk/Museum Reach. Love the Groupon deals. The hotel was clean and modern with a cool overall vibe and a nice outdoor seating area on the river. My only complaint was that it wasn't as close to the traditional Riverwalk as the name suggests, but it's still very close and definitely in the heart of the Museum Reach. There's actually a boat taxi that travels from the hotel area to the Riverwalk, but we ended up driving. Parking at both the hotel and a parking garage near the Riverwalk were very easy.

That was the trip!
What are your favorite things to do in San Antonio?

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Gloomy Day Reading

I'm participating in Road Trip Wednesday today by YAHighway

   The prompt: What's your go-to read for brightening up a gray day?

    This question is difficult for several reasons, not the least of which is that I enjoy gray days. I find them soothing. I like sweaters and blankets and fireplaces. The crackle of burning logs and the pitter-patter of raindrops are two of my favorite sounds. And have you heard the Stormy Day Singer-Songwriters station on Pandora?

   Summary: I'm not bummed at all that we've got a (superstitiously) predicted 6 more weeks of winter. In fact I hope that holds up way down here in Texas!

   When we're talking about bright, re-readable books though, I'm sure anyone who knows me even in passing can sense my love for Harry Potter. That series is by far the most-read of my bookcase collection. It's got a great balance of cheer-y with serious, comic-relief with suspense.

   But, if I'm being honest, I don't look for a brightening book for a gray day. I tip-toe into the world of any story within arm's reach. Lately it's been Orson Scott Card's Seventh Son or Boundaries (non-fiction, but whatever).

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

February Goals

My view this time last year <3

   So far I think I'm starting 2015 off a little better than 2014 - except for that view though. That's hard to beat. Otherwise, things are going well. I had a particularly productive day yesterday, thanks to my good old friend Nerd.

   Last month's goals ended up working out really well for me! #WriteandRun31 was so rewarding! I actually run by myself now. I no longer need someone to convince me to get my sneakers on and my butt out the door. So there's that. And my creative writing is much more focused. Summary: I loved the challenge and I plan to do it again in March. You should do it with me.

   Three Goals for February:
1. Yoga practice and low-FODMAP meals every day, all month.
I'm starting a FODMAP elimination diet in further attempts to get my stomach issues under control. There's so much about the world of food that I just never knew. It's been crazy interesting learning about this stuff. More info? Click here.
Nerd is no longer an acceptable choice unfortunately.
2. Finish re-setting up my vanity and desk space after the purge I did last month.
Why is it so much easier to throw things around than it is to put them back? *sigh*
3. Learn the basics of WordPress (sshh! don't tell my Blogger account) and webhosting.
Austin explained - and I mean really, really explained - the how's of the internet to me a few weeks ago and I think it's one of the most awesome things ever. I'm so excited to learn and understand more.



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