Monthly Archives: February 2013

# 11 Let’s Rodeo San Antonio

So checking into  the San Antonio KOA campground the lady ask “Are you here for the rodeo and live stock show?” Puzzled I had to check myself and see if my beach bum looking self had anything on me that made me look like a bronco rider. I must admit I had done no real research on San Antonio so other than what friends and family have told me, we knew zero other than this is the home of the infamous Alamo, and the SA Spurs basketball team.. “No I replied”. Well the stampede is about to come down the street here kicking off the show. “What show”  I said. Well as we found out, the show is a huge thing and its going on the block next to us. OK a huge rodeo and livestock show. Oh! there’s music too, lots of music…check out the line up picture showing who’s playing…I looked at Pam and said “this is going to be fun”.

So you might want  to put San Antonio as a must do on your vacation list. When it comes to history, food, culture, entertainment value  these folks have it going on. Be it  history and Missions, the River Walk, or the Hill Country you could spend a while here and not run out of things to do. We just spent two weeks here and then move 60 miles up the road for a few days days, and we have left a lot of things untouched, but we will be back.

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#10 Corpus Christi, Port A and a Kings Ranch

As typical it is hard to define a place properly unless you look at the whole picture and from our point of view it has to encompass the location and what goes on within a 60 mile radius, or you miss out on a lot. Especially if you are in a place the size of TEXAS where people have to drive 25 miles or more to HEB for a gallon of milk. HEB (Here Everything’s Better) owns the South Texas grocery store world here hands down. There is no Kroger, Publix, WD…it’s all HEB with a few Wally Worlds.

We quickly dialed into that while  CC is the main city hub, Mustang Island and Padre  Island are the massive beach and seashore areas. Port A is the actual (locals) beach town here. Tee shirt shops, restaurants, golf cart rental, vacation homes, you know the drill. Port Aransas is importantly the gateway to the shipping harbor in CC bay which is the 6th largest port in the country in shipping tonnage. By the looks of things oil is at the top of the list, our drive down manufactures row is dominated by Valero and Conoco on a grand scale.  Noteworthy as well, Port A is the home to the University of Texas Marine Institute a very impressive educational place.

35 miles away you have the largest ranch in the world that is slightly bigger than the state of Rhode Island. Here we thought Ford just made the name of the popular Kings Ranch pick up truck up cause it sounded cool…not a chance.

While CC is not a destination we would typically pick for a vacation it is an interesting place and we have learned a lot about Texas Gulf Coast culture being here. Not to mention with 70 and 80 degree temperatures in February is a plus… And hey! if you need some alone time to reflect, meditate just head to Padre Island in the off season you have a hundred miles of solitude, or head down some long lonesome road there is plenty of space to ponder your thoughts.

More CC pictures to come.

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#9 Hello Galveston Texas!

Galveston is a beautiful city with a lot of rich history. From the massive Seawall to the Port, it was a fun place to spend a week relaxing and taking it all in. Just watch your speed going through Jamaica Beach…NO I did not get a ticket, but looks like they give out plenty… Enjoy another Mile Marker Memory. Click on any picture to view as a slide show

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