Archive for May, 2010

Potty Break

Sunday, May 16th, 2010

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In keeping with our fascination with Texas rest areas, we’ve come across one that has more fashion than function.

Located just north of Laredo, Texas, this “rest area / information stop” was built eight years ago.  They must be expecting large crowds, because this parking lot is enormous.


Why that car decided to park in the fourth row is still a mystery.

The layout of the “park” is gorgeous.


Each picnic table area is covered in a fashion that anyone would like in their back yard.  (Note the tile work.)


Care is taken to sculpt the shrubs.  (Your tax dollars at work)


The information center and bathrooms are located in this facility.  It is an extraordinarily long distance from the parking lot.  This would be quite a hike for anyone having difficulty walking.

We commented to the info-center attendant that it is a long way for handicapped folks to travel.  Her comment was, “Oh, there are handicapped facilities on the other side of the parking lot.”

Remember that huge parking lot.  Well, look what we found on the far side.


Yep, the handicapped bathrooms.  No signs divulged its location.

For you bathroom aficionados,  we’ll keep you posted on interesting stops along the road.

Not Everyone Hates The Wind

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

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Most people have been complaining about the excessively windy days that we have experienced this spring.  Well apparently not everyone is upset.

As we drove down the road from the beach on South Padre Island, we noticed a lot of activity on the bay side of the island.


Kite boarders and wind surfers were having a blast.  Dozens of kites and sails were visible along the bay.  There are several organizations that are promoting the various activities, Windsurf Inc., and the South Padre Island Windsurfing and Kiteboarding Organization, are just two.

Beautiful San Antonio

Monday, May 10th, 2010

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While we were in the San Antonio area, we stayed just south of town at the Braunig Lake RV Resort.  This park is very nice and participates in the Passport-America discount program.  The sites are about 80 feet long, but a bit narrow, approximately 18 – 20 feet.  Fortunately, this time of year, except for rallies, they leave a space between rigs.

On weekends they serve breakfasts and dinners for about $4.00.  The swimming pool is clean and refreshing.


There are two things that are a must on a trip to the San Antonio area.  One, of course is a trip to the Misión San Antonio de Valero, now known as the Alamo.


The other place that is a must-see is the San Antonio Riverwalk.  Located only a few hundred yards from the Alamo, the river winds its way through the downtown area.

We parked at the River Centre Mall which is located on the river and in close proximity to the Alamo.  Warning, the 4-5 hour stay cost us $12.00 in the parking garage.  Below, is a picture of the mall from the river.


Wandering the Riverwalk is a fabulous way to take in the beauty of San Antonio.  Our favorite way to see the area is to hop on one of the “River Cruise” boats for a guided tour.


At many places, the banks are lined with towering trees.  Some of the tree roots clump together to form small islands.



Walking bridges across the river are everywhere.


Beautiful condos and homes line sections of the river.


More beautiful hotels, homes, shops and outdoor restaurants line the Riverwalk.


We passed by many large office buildings, some quite historic.


This river even has intersections with cross traffic.


There are literally dozens of indoor and outdoor restaurants to tempt your palate.  Most are Mexican restaurants of one form or another.  We walked to the one called “The Original Mexican Restaurant“, where we enjoyed a nice lunch indoors.  The weather was in the 90’s and the relief was appreciated.


The waitress happily snapped this picture before we chowed down.

Thanks, Lady Bird

Saturday, May 1st, 2010

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Here, in the Texas Hill Country, it is easy to see the results of the brilliant efforts of former first lady, Lady Bird Johnson.  She had a plan to beautify the Texas highways by filling the land-side with wild flowers.


April is the time of month when the bluebonnets, the Texas State flower, line many of the highway, especially in North Texas.


As we approached San Antonio, the roadside turned to a sea of yellow. (The quality of the photo suffered at 70 MPH)


There are several kinds of yellow flowers.  Along the service road the collection was almost exclusively Black-eyed Susans.

On a side note, we noticed that Camping World is running some pretty good sales on various items, click below.

Camping World