We made it back home from San Antonio. It was a fun week even with all the non-stop driving for photos, house shopping, and a birthday party. It was a small gathering consisting of Duane and I, Denise and Earl (Duanes sister and husband), their 2 girls Blair and Heather and the their husbands, Josh and Ben. Earl and I went for a scenic look outside the San Antonio Metro area, so we headed up towards Boerne, then east to New Braunfels. Once we got near New Braunfels, we took the River Road along the Guadalupe River. It was quite beautiful with all the greenery and trees. As you can see, the road was lined with trees forming a canopy.
The next day, Denise, Heather and Duane went shopping for some quilting items. Duane who has been quilting for some time now, is teaching them how to sew and quilt in a very short time. She is really giving them the basics to work and practice with.
Stangely enough, we only ate at their house twice in the week we were there, once morning it was eggs, bacon and toast, the next day an egg mcmuffin Denise style. One night we had dinner at the Alamo Cafe, a staple in San Antonio. Not really caring much for Margaritas, I had a barrel of rum and coke. Of course my wife had to have iced tea, but then again so did Denise. Earl on the other hand had a Margarita that looked the size of cereal bowl. another night we had dinner in some steak house, don't remember the name right now, and it was ok, but very overpriced for what we got. That particular night, Earl and I were just a touch late, as we met some of his friends at a local pub and were having a couple of beers. Then the PHONE call came; "Where are you guys, we're at the restaurant? Well we weren't entirely late, they were still sitting waiting for a table. Figures huh?
I finally had the chance to see Fort Sam Houston. It was like any other military base, with one exception. The Quad had a gate with which to enter through security. That was not what was different. Once inside, we found a gaggle of geese, flocks of pigeons a few peacocks and other birds, and 4 deer running amok. So naturally I had to take some photos of all this. One thing that struck me odd was the fact that there was a solid white peacock. I have never heard of them, much less seen one. The same day, we went to the San Antonio Botanical Gardens, it is not a large as the one here in Phoenix, but very nice. Took some photos and that capped our days excursion.
Another attraction we had to look at was the Del Webb neighborhood out by where Denise and Earl live. To be honest, we may be moving there in the somewhat near future, so it was a chance to check it out. What was advertised was 2 bedroom homes starting at $130K, well that was true, however, they really started at $139K. By the time we added all the extras we would want, the house was at $182K, a little more than we want to spend. Other resale homes, are listed at $130K to $150K with 3 bedrooms and a larger yard. I think we will look more in that direction when the time comes.
We were closing in on the big birthday dinner on Saturday, so we all met at a place called Silo. A rather enriched restaurant I must say. The dinner was good and the drinks were well poured. I had scallops with sauted spinach over a garlic mashed potato which was very good. Well all had a good time and a good meal.
Our plan was to leave on Monday, however, the flights were all booked, so we left late Sunday night. We finally arrived back home at 2300 hours, and for you non military, that is 11:00 PM. Had a great visit, but was glad to get home.