Saturday, November 6, 2010

Day Trip

We decided that we needed a few things at Costco on the outskirts of San Antonio, so we hopped on the bike and headed in to town.  The GPS took us straight in to downtown, and I commented that the area didn't look like where a Costco would be.  Val agreed and seemed a little worried since I've been known to get a little peeved at the Garmin when it steered us wrong (it's done so on several occasions).  We kept going and we were suddenly right by the Alamo, exactly where I had programmed the GPS to go.  I thought that I would surprise Val and it worked.  So we spent some time on a history refresher at the Alamo and then walked a bit downtown.  I must say that the street where the Alamo is located is somewhat odd.  Here you have such an historic structure and across the street are all types of attractions like Ripley's Believe It Or Not or a house of wax. It really doesn't fit.  The Alamo is the most visited spot in Texas, and maybe because it really doesn't take too much time to see, they figured people would want to do something else close by.  Who knows.  It's definitely worth a trip no matter what.

Today, (Saturday) has been a nice one.  The weather was cool this morning (32 degrees) but quickly warmed into the 60's.  After an unusually large breakfast for us that included a spinach and cheese omelet, sausage and home made bread, we took about a five mile walk. Then we decided to head up to the activities center to see what was going on and ended up staying for a lunch of tacos and onion rings.  After another short walk, we returned to the activity center for one dollar banana splits.   Nothing like a banana and three big scoops of icecream topped with chocolate chips, nuts, pineapple, chocolate syrup, whipped cream and a cherry to take away any good that we did with the walk. (But Val and I agreed it was absolutely worth it!  And we'll do it next Saturday too...)

Self-portrait in front of the Alamo.

Alamo grounds.
Sculpture dedicated to those who died at the Alamo.

On another note, Val is really getting good at pickleball.  We've been practicing every day or two, so I think we'll be ready for competition in Florida when we get there in January.  Good times.

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