Port Arthur to San Antonio – Drove straight thru Houston on I10 at noon. Over passes galore but according to other travelers the straight route is better than the by-passes. Traffic was heavy but not as bad as you may expect. Houston was huge, thought we had passed the sky line, but then came another and another. Trip was nice until about 100 miles outside of San Antonio when we started to lose air pressure in the back of the coach.
Made it to San Antonio barely late Monday afternoon. We ended up dropping our home at Alamo City Truck Shop in San Antonio because it wouldn’t make it any further. We didn’t believe that it is a serious problem but one that has to be fixed. Here we are on Saturday and they finally have the part on order and it will be in Monday. Hopefully they will install and we will be back on the road by Tuesday.
The shop was only 30 minutes from Aunt Gail and Uncle Leonard’s and we were planning to park on their property anyway, so we have parked in their guest room instead. They have been the most gracious host and we have truly enjoyed reconnecting and visiting with family.
Nellie was also having some issues so we took her to a vet. She has a urinary tract infection and crystals in her bladder so she is on antibiotics and been prescribed special food to dissolve the crystals. We will be taking her for a follow up in a month (where ever we may be) and hopefully the crystals will be cleared up. Leonard and Nellie have quickly become BFFs not sure what she will do when we get on the road again.
All that being said, San Antonio is a lovely city. We visited the Alamo, walked around the river walk and went to Central Market on Wednesday. The Alamo was very interesting, lots of history I had either forgotten or never knew. On the river walk, we stopped by the Hilton, Gail has a picture of Randy, Larry, Wendy and Ara there from 1973. We recreated the picture of Randy with straw in his mouth and tongue stuck out. The river walk was beautiful although the river was smaller than I would have thought with the landscaping and concrete banks it reminded me of Disney World. I understand that the river has been dammed and reduced to keep the downtown area from flooding in the heavy rains which is why it is so small and controlled in that area.
Central Market is the most diverse high end grocery store I have ever been in. The produce section alone was larger than some stores. The Budda’s hands are in the citrus section. Not sure what they taste like or are used for, but they are certainly interesting looking. Fresh fruit tortes were only a small part of the desert section but very decorative and I am sure delicious. They even have cooking classes upstairs where you enjoy a multiple course dinner and participate or observe the techniques preparing the dishes. Gail and Leonard said they took several of these classes and that they really enjoyed them.
Thursday we connected with Kathy and Michael Smith (Billie’s oldest daughter and son-in-law) and had a nice visit and Tex-Mex lunch. They live on the other side of S. A. so we stopped by the shop and checked on the bus and gathered some more clothes since we had not realized it would take this long. The Alamo Café where we had lunch was one of Daddy’s favorites in town and we enjoyed Kathy and Michaels stories of his visits.
Friday we toured Sandy Oaks Olive Orchard, she is a good friend of Gail and Leonard’s and come to find out a client of Kathy and Michael’s. Even in a large city it is a small world. The orchard was larger than we expected, but being winter it was no as lush as other times of the year. A nice destination, they have a small restaurant open for lunches, gift shop, greenhouse area and of course the orchard.
Chef Gail has kept us well fed and historian Leonard has kept us well entertained with his stories. Although we would love to be back on the road, this is just a small hiccup in the adventures ahead. The weather has been wonderful for January, overcast most of the time but highs around 80 and lows in the mid 60, shorts in January we are not complaining.
Even with our first home evacuation and Nellie’s illness we have a thousand things to be grateful for. A great and gracious family being top of the list this week!!! Hopefully we will be back on the road soon. Peace and Love.