Sunday, September 20, 2015

Texas Road Trip / Red Wolf Reunion 2015

Yesterday and today wrapped up a week-long vacation and road trip with friends from college who are now spread out between Arkansas and Missouri, along with one friend who recently returned from teaching in South Korea. Initially, seven of us left for Galveston, Texas early Saturday morning. We visited four Texas cities before returning to Arkansas. There is a lot to write about and I am short on time right now. I hope to write some reviews and blogs about our hotels, food and destinations over the next couple of weeks. But in the meantime, I wanted to post some highs and lows for each city.

Galveston (Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday)
Highs

  • Nice view of Pleasure Pier and the beach; balcony 
  • Cool weather most of the time
  • Evening walk on the beach
  • Sunrise on the beach
Lows
  • There were warnings about bacteria in the water and the beaches seemed a little dirty
Houston (Monday, Tuesday)
Highs
  • Houston Space Center
  • Seeing the signs that said we were leaving Houston
Lows
  • MASSIVE TRAFFIC JAMS (Two hours to go 25-30 miles on the interstate)
Austin (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday)
Highs
  • Awesome hotel (essentially a two-floor apartment) and friendly staff
  • Act of random kindness at In-and-Out when a stranger recommended our meals (ordering things that weren't on the menu) and then paid for the five of us.
  • Less traffic; easy to navigate
  • Karaoke and hanging out afterwards at the "apartment"
  • Accidentally being at the state capitol during the time of a scheduled event that we didn't even know about until we saw a bunch of people walking around in costumes
Lows
  • No free access to Lake Travis
  • GPS telling me to turn RIGHT while the GPS Map showed us turning LEFT. (Left was the correct direction to turn...)
San Antonio
Highs
  • Watching the sunset and seeing the city from Tower of the Americas
  • Walking the River Walk, especially our last night when we did "light writing"
  • Easy to walk in the downtown area where we stayed
Lows
  • Some crazy person walked out in the middle of traffic; I slowed down as to not hit him and he got mad at me, waved me on and almost caused me to go the wrong way down a one-way street
  • Walking behind our hotel the first evening and thinking we were about to get mugged
  • Knowing vacation was almost over

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