Two months ago, we made a 550 mile trip south to San Antonio, Texas. We went there for the National 4-H Shooting Sports Competition. My whole family (my husband and children) went on the trip, along with 2 other boys, another archery coach, and a mom. The trip south on Highway 75 went well. We made two stops, one at the Oklahoma-Texas line information center and another at a Grandy’s/truck stop, just south of Dallas.
Let it be know that Dallas traffic scares the pants off me. Whenever I travel south into Texas, I start stressing about the Dallas traffic at Sherman. I’m sure Dallas, Texas has many wonderful attributes, but because of the traffic, I never want to live there. I am a small town girl and that is way too much city for me.
Ok, enough about Dallas.
We rolled into San Antonio city limits about 6 pm on a Sunday evening. I found the freeways in San Antonio fairly easy to navigate. While there, we mostly traveled the 1604 loop and Highway 10. I always seemed to be on the roads during slow traffic time. It was a relief for me to find San Antonio so easy to navigate. Also, San Antonio highways have an interesting feature…turnarounds and service roads. If you miss an exit you go down to the next exit and there is a turnaround. Definitely something we need in Oklahoma. Whoever designed those turnarounds was a genius.
I was worried that San Antonio would have sweltering heat. It was very hot in northeastern Oklahoma at the time. In my mind, 550 miles south was going to be blistering. I was pleased to find it more comfortable than Oklahoma because of the low humidity. The weather was hot, but pleasant by my standards. But then on that Tuesday night, San Antonio got some much needed rain. After the rain, it felt just like Oklahoma.
We spent 5 days and 5 nights in San Antonio. Here are some of the memories we made…
Because my son did very well in the Oklahoma state compound archery competition, he got to compete nationally.
This is all of the Oklahoma archery boys and the coaches. The guy on the far right is my hubby. Chance is in the front row, with the cap.
The Oklahoma compound archery team is now 4th in the nation. The reason we traveled to San Antonio was a success.
The Mexican food in San Antonio was phenomenal. I mean WOW!!! I thought the Mexican food in Oklahoma was good. If you ever go to San Antonio…eat the Mexican food.
If you eat here, get the queso and the Tortilla Soup. Everything was good but those two items really stand out in my memory. I loved the Alamo Café.
I have a second cousin that lives in San Antonio. I had only met her once before (face to face), but we knew each other fairly well through Facebook. She is one of those easy to like, feel comfortable with immediately, gracious, hospitable kind of people. We spent time with her on Tuesday and Wednesday. She’s an awesome person. She treated us to lunch at the Alamo Café.
I was surprised at the location of the Alamo. I thought it would be on it’s own grounds somewhere, like a national park. It’s literally a building in the downtown area. Not to diminish the awesomeness of the place, that just surprised me.
Downtown San Antonio is BEAUTIFUL. This is the Riverwalk. This river just flows throughout the downtown area. We walked along this waterway for a mile or so. There are many old building in the downtown area. We passed one building that was built in the 1800’s.
This building was built in the 1800’s.
This is the Tower of Americas. My kids begged me to go to the top (I am very squeamish about heights). After begging me to go to the top, they came down feeling sick and saying “Uh, Mom you would’ve hated that”. It was still a good experience.
We took a tour of Lackland Air Force Base. I left there feeling very appreciative of our military and their families.
I also discovered that John Hagee ministries and Max Lucado are based out of San Antonio. The above pictures are of John Hagee’s church. The tree above is an olive tree from Jerusalem. I did not get a picture of Lucado’s church even though it was just down the service road from our hotel.
My daughter had her 12th birthday while we were in San Antonio. For her birthday, we went to Sea World.
She touched dolphins.
The Shamu show was amazing.
12 years old.
We stayed in a hotel right by Dominion Drive. After a day or two, we learned that George Strait lives up there somewhere. I was amazed by the houses on top of the hill by Dominion Drive. If anyone from San Antonio reads this blog and you know who lives in those houses, please tell me. I’m not a weird stalker type person, I’m just extremely curious. People don’t have houses like that in Oklahoma.
Also, there is a bet in my family that the “house” to the left center with the dome on top is even a house. I say house, my boys say business. Please help with that if you know.
A special thanks to our Circle G 4-H group for funding a big portion of our trip. You guys are like family and without you, this trip would have not been possible.