24 hours in Arkansas

24 hours in Arkansas
24 hours in Arkansas

I know it was a short trip but it was an inspirational, motivating kind of trip. The bottom half of the siblings (as my mom calls us).  I prefer the Fort Worth kids!  The first three born in Cleburne and the last three in Fort Worth.

I love traveling with Greg and Theresa. Riley came along too.  So here is what we did in a 24 hour period!

Two States

It is always fun to stop and stand in two states at the same time.  So the short detour in Texarkana is worth it.  Riley jumped back and forth between the two states.  He has so much energy.

Our first official stop in Arkansas caused a lot of debate when we started planning to visit the “Glass Church”.  There are actually three in Arkansas and everybody that saw the photos thought we were at the other ones.  We stopped at Garvan Gardens and attempted to visit Anthony Chapel but alas they were getting ready for a wedding.  The gardens and the chapel were both beautiful!

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It was a brief visit.  We enjoyed our sandwiches and headed back on the road to Conway.  We were going to watch Drew and the Austin College Kangaroos football team.  It was hot!  AC Roos Pre Game Prayer IMG_0146IMG_0147

Drew is #15 on the sideline holding the XO sign.  Theresa and I escape from the heat to do a little junk store shopping in Conway.  After the game we visit with Drew and then make our next stop on the map Little Rock!  I know that really makes me sing everytime.

I have been to Little Rock multiple times but on this occasion we opt to stay downtown.  I love bridges and one in particular has captured my attention.

Big Dam Bridge

It was amazing.  Little Rock has a Big Dam Bridge! Evidently it is the longest pedestrian and bicycle bridge in the United States at 4,226 feet spanning the Arkansas River.  We went at night. There were a lot of people walking, biking and just like us, enjoying the night.  It connects to an expansive walking and biking trail.  I just thought Riley would have a blast telling his teachers on Monday that he visited a big dam bridge!

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I like Little Rock.  It had good food and was a nice city.  As with all of our trips to try to find some history and in Little Rock part of the history was the Civil Rights movement.

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Central High School is still a beautiful school but the history and the bravery of the nine African American students who helped break the barrier tugged at my heart strings as both an American and as a parent.  I kept asking myself if I could have been brave enough, if my faith would have been strong enough to let my child take those steps.  I am thankful for those who came before me.

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It’s a Sunday morning in Arkansas and the campus is quiet, no students, no noise.  A peaceful place in comparison to almost 60 years ago.

We enjoyed our visit to Arkansas.  There are still many places I would like to visit in this state.  We will be back.

Angles of Niagara Falls

Angles of Niagara Falls

I recently went on a trip to Niagara Falls with my sister and her friends. I had seen pictures of the Falls but beyond that, I really had no idea what to expect. It wasn’t technically my trip so I did very little in planning and preparation for it.  When chatting with friends prior to the trip, most would say “Go to the Canadian side, it’s such a better view.” That comment really bugged me because I had no idea what that meant! Yes, I understand how you can have a better view from one angle compared to the other; but apparently I didn’t understand the flow of the falls. So for those of you planning a trip  to Niagara Falls here is the breakdown that explains where and what you will see!

Things to know in advance…

  1. The Niagara River Falls off the American Soil
  2. There are two sets of Falls: American Falls & Horseshoe Falls
  3.  Have your walking shoes on
  4. Don’t forget to have your passport and cash on you!!

 

American Side 

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The Niagara River falls off American soil. (Thus, explaining why people want to see if from the Canadian side!)  When viewing from the American Side, you can see the falls from top looking down or at a next-to/side angle. You can access the Falls from the American side through Niagara Falls State Park. The park has paved paths for you to get a closer look to the falls. 
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The park is open but also  under construction, but once finished it will be very nice! We walked maybe 1.5 – 2.0 miles around the park for the different viewing spots. T(I did not understand this before hand. I was tad bit disappointed at first with just the American Falls until I saw the Horseshoe falls hidden from view).  The park gets you right next to American Falls and a slight view of Horseshoe Falls.   [Cost to get into Park is $0.]

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Canadian Side

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Go back again at night, during the light show. It’s a change of scene and crowd in the evening.  [Have some cash on you, there is toll to drive across the bridge into Canada – if you walk, you have to pay a toll to get back into US).

 

 

View from Above 

IMG_7278I can’t afford a helicopter ride; however, if you want a lookout from above, there is a skyview from a Ferris Wheel in the heart of Niagara Falls, Ontario. IMG_7277Spending this $11 allows you to see from above the town. It is not necessarily a beautiful, up close view, but it gives you a broader scope of the Falls as a whole, and where they fall within the surrounding society. It’s somewhat tragic to see something so natural and powerful amongst so much capitalism.  

From The Water

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THIS IS THE BEST VIEW!! I highly recommend taking a boat ride via Maid of the Mist. You get the full experience of the Falls: the rugged and beautiful, the majestic awe, the calm, the power, the mist, the ferocity.  From the water is where you get it all! Maid of the Mist also has a paved stair path up the side of the American Falls so you can truly get as close as safely possible. You cannot beat the view the water and it takes you from the hustle and bustle from above and truly blows you mind how beautiful and powerful the water is.

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Top 10 Most Influential Books

Top 10 Most Influential Books

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Reading is one of my first memories and some of my favorites! Books have been a stable and constant force all throughout my life! I remember bed time reading rituals of the Berenstain Bears, Dr. Seuss, and Princess Smartypants. Class projects with Eric Carle. Going to class with Ramona Quimby, Age 8.  I decided by 3rd Grade I  would never move to southern California because a book on plate tectonics said it was going fall into the ocean. Puberty would have been horrific had Judy Blume not been there every step of the way. Textbooks were designed as a cover for the book I was really reading.  Who cared about high school boys where there was  Mr. Rochester, Mr. Darcy, Mr. Knightley, and Rhett Butler. A Midnight Book Release party will never be the same without making your own magical creature out of play dough and someone instantly knowing it was Jenny’s pigmypuff, ArnoldAnd my college roommate might not have ever become my best friend had she not been so insistent that I read Twilight.

It’s tough to identify 10 books that  have had a significant impact on my life. This is evolving list – ask me next year and it could be completely different.

 

51v1K7ay4YL._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_  Katy and the Big Snow by Virginia Lee Burton

“Katy was a beautiful red crawler tractor. She was very big and very strong and she could do a lot of things….” This was my favorite childhood story, probably because it shared my name. I remember reading it with Dad before bed. He would read the long parts and when he’d turn the page I would read “…but not Katy”; because Katy can do anything!  Nothing could stop Katy! This book alone has instilled so many values I hold dear: hard work, service, responsibility, leadership, and determination. When I find myself needing a reminder of who I am, I just read Katy.

witch of bb The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare

I don’t remember how this book got in my hands, but since the 6th grade I have probably read it at least once a year.  It’s my fall favorite.  Kit is a young heroine forced to move to aPuritan New England in 1600s.  She doesn’t fit in  and causes speculation that she is a witch. As my family and I moved over the years, I would be drawn to Kit.  She reminded me that life often takes us to new places and we must learn to adapt while  holding true to yourself. It also helps that there is a little romance in there too.

ss Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

I have my sisters and my mother to thank for this one. When they finished reading the Sorcerer’s Stone as a requirement of for an extracurricular activity, I got to read it!! And we’ve been Potterheads ever since. It’s tragic that we didn’t know about the series until the hype of the 4th book release, but we made up for it. The series introduced me to the world of fantasy and to embrace the nerdiness of reading. I remember the midnight book release parties and the heartache after each book and the anticipation for the next. When the series was finished it was like loosing a best friend. But at least they are all still there on my bookshelf!

lotr Lord or the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

I read The Fellowship of the Ring in 8th Grade after the release of the 1st Film. I couldn’t get enough of Middle Earth! And it was the start of my obsession with film adaptations. My favorite book is honestly the Two Towers! But I love the end and of The Return of the King. When the movies completed I was heartbroken that they missed the essence of the entire journey for Frodo and the other hobbits. It was then that I learned that book and film are two different mediums and the book is always going to hold more.

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My mom gave me this book. I was in high school and I honestly only read happy ending and romantic stories. I would read part of it, run to her and ask her a question and she would smile and say “Just keep reading’ in that I-know-something-you-don’t-know voice. It is my all time favorite! A mixture of fantasy, a strong and independent heroine, and a noble prince. Like the Witch of the Blackbird Pond, this is the other book I go to when life turns into an unanticipated adventure.

anna Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

This book I honestly wanted to read for all the wrong reasons and when I finished, I loved it for the love story. My oldest sister loved the tragic story of Karenina and Vronsky. I was eager to know this story and as I endured this massive read I was not impressed by the immorality. Instead, I slowly fell in love with the story of Levin and Kitty and Levin’s journey to Christianity.

gw Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

Again, my obsession with movie adaptations led me to read this book. It was tough to read.  The movie may be long but it doesn’t come close to covering everything! I had to set goals to get through this one. When I met Rhett for the first time, I couldn’t wait to meet him again. It would seem like it was never going to happen. So, I would flip through the pages to find his name and then I’d know how far I’d have to read to get there. Sometimes it was just a one liner conversation about him and other times it was actually him. He usually only popped up every 100 pages or so. Just like me, Scarlet will find a way to find him again!

f451 Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

I read this book for a class in college and it was so thought provoking. Can you imagine a world where  books were not allowed? Why would you ever burn books? What if our world turned into their world? how would I rebel? And if I had to,  what book would I choose to memorize?

wswr Woman Suffrage & Women’s Rights by Ellen Carol DuBois

One of my most influential classes in undergrad was Social Movements. We spent a great deal of time covering Woman Suffrage and Women’s Rights. It’s one of the few books I kept. It not only enlightened me of how fortunate I am as a 21st century woman but revealed to me how societies work and how to go about making change.

ecc Ecclesiastes by Soloman

The Bible as a whole can be daunting but it’s a collection of valuable books. Every time I read it I get something different out of it. Every season in life I have a different favorite. Ecclesiastes is one of my favorite books as an adult.  God empowered Soloman with the gift of wisdom and Ecclesiastes reveals the wisdom of living our life in the present and not to wait on doing the right thing. It reminds me of my philosophy in high school “it’s all part of the plan”. I find comfort in that I am part of a greater plan and that no matter the season of my life “God has made everything beautiful in it’s time” and I simply need to embrace that and live my life!

 

 

10 books in my life

10 books in my life
10 books in my life

My childhood buddy, my newest traveling companion and a guru of all things witty has challenged me to identify 10 books that have followed me through my life. Just 10? I have moved 21 times during my 53 years of life so I do have books that followed me!

I LOVE to read! It started early in my life, reading at the feet of my mother as she completed a task such as crocheting or pinning curling papers in my hair. Ouch! Of course I started with See Dick. See Jane. See Spot. Then I moved up to library books! I am OCD and it started in my tender years at Saginaw Elementary. I remember the red book section (aka biographies). I picked up one, read it and just decided to finish the whole red book section! That was back in the day when biographies told you good information about people. You actually liked them when you finished the book. Remember those cards you sign to check out the book? I betcha my name was on a whole lot of those books! So let me tell you about two of the books from the elementary part of my life.

1. The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf

I really don’t remember if it was the artwork or the humor or the
Matadors but I fell in love with this book. I read it to my daughters and to my grandson. I still have a copy. I think I might go read it right now.

2. The ENTIRE Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder

I am not ashamed to admit that I have read this series more than a grown woman should admit too. Laura was a pioneer, she crossed the Mississippi, lived on the plains near Native Americans and fell in love with a farmer. What is not to admire, love and adore with this series? I remember the spanking she got, the cat crawling up her hoops in church and her first kiss with Almonzo. Sigh. One thing has always bothered me. Why is this fiction? Don’t get me started.

I had to grow up and leave Saginaw Elementary and move on to Wayside Middle School, the Saginaw Public Library and eventually to W. E. Boswell High School. I still loved to read and would prop up a Harlequin inside my Algebra book and read while Mr. Atchison taught the class. Let’s not talk about my grades in that class! I fell in love with love stories and here are the books I remember most from this time period. At this point I was scouring the library starting in one section completing it before moving on, kind of like a lawn mower!

3. Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Green

I love this book. Typical teenage girl falling for the wrong guy or maybe not. I still hand this book to students and it still makes them cry.

4. Mr. And Mrs. Bo Jo Jones by Ann Head

Really? I know you are asking that, but I lived in a sheltered world! I remember the summer I devoured every Grace Livingston Hill and Emily Loring novel. Then I discovered Harlequins and then I read this book. I remember picking it up and thinking “who names their kid Bo Jo”? I discovered it was short for Boswell Johnson and that girls had sex before marriage and sometimes got pregnant. That was about the time Harlequins discovered the same thing!

5. The Cross and the Switchblade by David Wilkerson

This book stunned me. Who willingly lived like this? Following Jesus where he wanted you to be, regardless of the circumstances.

There was a bigger influence in my life during this time. Jesus. He still is the biggest influence and that would explain the following books.

6. The Holy Bible (multiple copies and versions)

I have old ones and I have new ones but the message is the same in each one. God is love.

7. Hymnals

I have eight hymnals and I love to sing from them. So many stories put into words and set to music. Amazing Grace, Blessed Assurance and the list goes on.

I grew up, got married, had three daughters and wasted a lot of time reading Danielle Steele and other such novels. My oldest brother, Gary, told me I was wasting brain space and challenged me to read classic literature sooooo, you guessed it, I got a list and started reading from a college bound list, alphabetically of course. I had already read some of them in high school but I read them again anyway. This is where it gets hard to narrow the list down.

8. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Jane is amazing! I honestly thought I would never get through the first hundred pages but this book changed my reading habits. She had the strength to say no when love finally arrived in her life. She walked away. I can still hear him calling her across the moors!

9. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

The dust bowl. Oklahoma. What a life?! Moving your family across the country in hope, just hope of a better life.

I ultimately became a teacher. I teach Family and Consumer Science and I also teach reading. Imagine that! A couple of years ago my teacher lunch buddies asked if I wanted to join a reading club. They wanted to read this new book. Several conversations were going on at the same time and I only heard “shades if gray” so I said sure, it was a book on my reading list and it surprised me they were interested. Here was the problem: I wanted to read “Between Shades of Gray” by Ruta Sepetys, a novel about the Russian Invasion of Lithuania in 1939 and they wanted to read the other one. Needless to say I am the only one who read about the Lithuanians and the only one who didn’t read the other one. My final selection is a book that I think all my reading students should read.

10. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

This book touched me in a different way than other World War II novels. Death is the narrator and we see the story through the innocence of a child. Reading really does make a difference in our lives!

I could have listed hundred of books but the Guru of Wit has limited me to 10!

What’s on your shelf?

WILAT Day 7: Marfa to Home

WILAT Day 7: Marfa to Home

It was hard to leave the lovely Hotal Paisano this morning but we had a 10 hour drive ahead ( not including stops). Our first stop was in Marfa because most of our car needed their coffee fix. I have never understood that addiction. Dr. Pepper, maybe, coffee, no. Things are always interesting in Marfa.

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Nothing appeared to be open and serving breakfast so we made our next stop in Fort Davis. We had a breakfast burrito at Stone Village Market then Cindy and I took a walk to the Drugstore. We stopped and visited with a gentleman who makes walking sticks and brooms. The rest of the WILAT gang picked us up and we took a brief drive through Fort Davis. I found a fence for my backyard!

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I know what Bob will say!

The Davis Mountains are beautiful!

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I have always wanted to stop in Balmorhea and see the springs. We stopped at Balmorhea State Park and I bought a state park pass. The water was so clear and San Solomon Springs was inviting us in but we had a long way to go. I am going back someday!

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We love Roadside America and Cindy has an app, checking things off as we find them. The Million Barrel Museum is on our way.

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Theresa was eager for the next stop and a shot at tackling the sand dunes. We made it to Monahans Sandhills State Park just in time to have our picnic lunch. I rented a disc and watched my younger sister make the trek up a small sand dune. I laughed so hard. Cindy laughed so hard. We must have laughed for about 15 minutes watching Theresa tackle that sand dune.

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As you could probably tell my bilateral total knee replacement had met its match on this trip. I thought I was Wonder Woman and good to go just 3 months shy of the surgery. I WAS SOOOO WRONG!!!!!!! I needed to be home a few planned stops few random stops later we finally reached Theresa’s house in Bluffdale.

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Cindy wrapped up our trip with a gift but it was Cindy who gave me the greatest gift, the gift of seeing Texas through a song, visiting places I had
frequently passed by but never bothered to look at. Thank you Cindy!

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WILAT Day 6: Big Bend National Park to Marfa

WILAT Day 6: Big Bend National Park to Marfa

Dawn couldn’t come soon enough after a night on an uncomfortable bed, yet the sunrise promised the start of a glorious day!

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The River Road was our destination but we found quite a few interesting stops in Terlinqua.

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By this time we pretty much had the words to “What I Like About Texas” memorized and on this glorious day as Cindy played her ukulele, she was joined by a kindred spirit, Moses!

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We set our sights on the road that runs about 60 miles from Lajitas to Presidio. Our goal was to stick our feet into the Rio Grande River. We stopped at an old movie set where “Streets of Laredo” was filmed. We wandered down the rough terrain for a short distance before I returned to the suburban. My new knees just couldn’t handle it. I turned the camera over to Theresa and the rest of the group had a successful journey to the river.

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The rest of the drive was stunning! We saw the beautiful river, beautiful flowers and a massive amount of Army worms crossing the road.

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At this point I was dead tired and eager to make it to our hotel in Marfa, so we had a quick lunch at a roadside park outside of Presidio before driving to Marfa and checking in at Hotel Paisano. I couldn’t wait to see the Rock Hudson Suite and the private terrace!

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The bed was wonderful but my favorite part was the terrace. What a peaceful place!

We drove out to try and find the Marfa Lights at 11:30 pm and WE SAW THEM. It was the perfect ending of a great day!

WILAT Day 5: Del Rio to Big Bend National Park

WILAT Day 5: Del Rio to Big Bend National Park

I told the ladies to rise and shine because we have so much to see today! Our very first objective to walk halfway across the Lake Amistad Dam! We stop for some helpful information.

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You have to have a passport to go onto the dam, dammit! So on we go to the Pecos River!

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We stop and do a little exploring in Langtry.

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There are not very many towns in this part of Texas so we take advantage of the ones we find and have lunch in Marathon at the Pickle Creek Market and Deli. Time to hit the road to Big Bend National Park!

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We check into our cottage and go out to explore the park.

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Cindy gives us a performance of “What I Like About Texas” and we are off to find the Rio Grande.

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We get to end our day with a beautiful sunset and a wide open sky for stargazing.

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WILAT Day 4: San Antonio to Del Rio

WILAT Day 4: San Antonio to Del Rio

Today is Cindy’s 53rd birthday, she is exactly one week older than I am! We are starting the day off at Mi Tierra’s. They are open 24 hours a day but it is extremely quiet on this particular Saturday and it gives us an opportunity to explore.

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Breakfast is delicious and filling. We will need the energy because we are going to float the Frio River. We are taking the scenic route through Bandera to Vanderpool through Leakey on our to Garner State Park.

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Our plan is to float the Frio but Garner State Park is full and will not let anyone else in the park so our journey continues to Concan where the Frio is too low to float so we take our shoes off and stick our feet in the cold river!

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Our stomachs are starting to growl and there ain’t nothing worse than a car full of hungry women! We are stopping at Live Oak Drive Thru in Uvalde. Don’t let the appearance fool you, the food was amazing and the customer service was over the top. We tried the gorditas and tortilla soup!

It’s time for Saturday night in Del Rio. We arrive at the Val Verde Winery and the other women have a wine tasting.

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We make our first World’s Largest stop in Del Rio!

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Cindy makes her choice for birthday dinner and selects R & R BBQ Shack.
The food was delicious and we head back to the Hampton Inn for a night at the pool!

WILAT Day 3: Austin to San Antonio

WILAT Day 3: Austin to San Antonio

Austin is such a delightful city….weird…unique…full of surprises! Take Barton Springs! Oh my gosh it was beautiful! Icy cold, but beautiful! We all had planned to take the plunge and do a little swimming, but after putting our feet in, Cindy was the only brave one to dive in! That girl isn’t scared of anything!

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After Barton Springs, we went in search of the best breakfast burrito in Austin. I believe we found it at Changos on Guadalupe. Delicious food and delightful people work there.

Another treasure we discovered was the Texas State Cemetery. It was a beautiful tribute to men and women that had given so much to our great state. We were especially delighted to see that it was Tom Landry’s final resting place as well.

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San Antonio, the city songs are written about! I love this city, so much of our culture started here and blends here. We are meeting Vivian, Cindy’s sister for this leg of our adventure. We check into the Drury Inn and Suites and decide to eat at La Fogata (no argument from me). No visit is complete without a serving of Mango Empanadas topped with Mango ice cream. We are fed, so we are now armed and ready to tackle a few sights in downtown San Antonio, starting with the Riverwalk.

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No visit to San Antone is ever complete without a visit to the Alamo!

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We all stop at the Menger Hotel and bar for a few stories of our own.

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The team is really starting to bug me at this point. We spot the Tower of the Americas and I start walking but some members think I might be overdoing it with the new knees, I wanted to prove them wrong so I kept walking.

I need a moment to show you photos of the anime convention going on in San Antonio. It was an interesting sight.

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My walk continues and I am starting to drag a little but still not willing to admit I am struggling. We reach the tower, buy our tickets and reach the elevator. I am terrified of heights and quickly move to the back of the elevator when I realize it has a glass front, where you can view San Antonio!
Here is the view from the top

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Cindy is determined to start a penny smashing business, she and Theresa have been smashing pennies and even brought a bracelet to display the smashed penny. We are looking for investors to buy our own penny smashing machines.

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We finish our visit with a 4D movie about Texas! I screamed when the snake showed up it was so real! I am ready for a taxi, no more walking. We say goodbye to Vivian and had back to the Drury. We are all so tired we break a rule and have dinner at Texas Land and Cattle because it is on the bottom floor of the hotel. The evening is wrapped up with Cindy playing her ukulele and singing.

WILAT Day 2: Nacogdoches to Austin

WILAT Day 2: Nacogdoches to Austin

Our first day begins early! We like to wear matching shirts on our trips to make it easier to locate each other. Today we are wearing Call 811 shirts, courtesy of Jim Bob Sims. They are so colorful we shouldn’t have any trouble finding each other. We eat breakfast at 6:30 and the depart in search of a Nacogdoches sign. We find two and the first selfies of the day are made!

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Our first stop on the road is at Buc-ees in Madisonville. Can’t pass a Buc-ees and not stop!

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Next up was the world’s largest Teapot in Navasota! Theresa is always game for a cheesy photo op, so she showed her version of My Little Teapot and the rest of the gang joined in!

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We came upon the Brazos River in Washington, TX. Checked that off the list.

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Washington on the Brazos was our next destination. It’s a history filled bathroom break for us. I have to admit that being in the car for hours each day can push some to their limit. For me, it all becomes a song or a big joke.
And we laughed and sang ALOT!

We met up with our friend, Tim Menke, for lunch at Royers in Round Top. It was a delightful yet pricey place for lunch but it was delicious.

Tim was our tour guide for the afternoon. Tim really wanted us to see Festival Hill, we did a drive by because this was not open. It is a hidden gem that we would like to go back and check out. It has over 200 acres that contains, gardens, parks and concert halls.

Tim kindly took us on a tour of the world’s smallest active Catholic Church. On the altar was a note that said “stop stealing from us! We know who you are!” So sad that someone steals from a church of all places!

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As we made our way to visits 4 of the painted churches, we just had to stop at Junk Gypsy and check it out!! Just love that place!!

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Tim took us by the Colorado for a photo opp!

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Tim is also our guide as we visit four of the painted churches in Fayette County. First stop: St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Ammansville.

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Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church in Dubina

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And a quick trip over the piano bridge:

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St. Mary’s Church at High Hill

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9 young men in World War II.

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Our final church was St. Mary’s in Praha

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We voted on our dinner stop and chose Blacks BBQ in Lockhart. The BBQ was delicious though the sides didn’t quite make the grade.

We finally made it to Austin and settled into our hotel and decided to check out the hotel happy hour and enjoy a nice cold Lone Star beer…check!
Cindy’s beautiful daughter Cortney joined us. While Cindy caught up with her daughter, the rest of us head down to the bridge on Congress to watch the evening flight of the bats. Unfortunately, it started pouring down rain and we were drenched, so we limped back up to the hotel.
Night night!