A little over a week ago Josh and I took a little trip in Josh's new highly environmentally friendly Prius to San Antonio, Texas! I was taken a little off guard when telling people that's where we were going that I often got the response, of something like, "Oh, that's all?" as if we were going on a vacation to Stillwater or something (which would be perfectly respectable!). We know it's no, Italy, but with the whole trying to buy a new, nicer, bigger home thing on the horizon we had to be a little more practicle. PLUS, what's wrong with San Antonio? It's got loads of stuff to do (hence, this blog post telling you about those things)! We hadn't taken a whole "just us" vacation for several years so we were super excited to get away!
That afternoon we saw a bunch of weird stuff at the Ripley's Believe it or Not museum and then we watched "La La Land" at a cute little movie theater that you can order actual meals at in your reclined seat as you watch the movie. Those are the best kind.
Our 2nd day in San Antone we went shopping at the Mexican Market and found some super cute salsa bowls! I want to go back and buy a sink! But Josh kept telling me that I didn't need a sink right now, so, yeah, I'll have to go back.
Okay, so this must've been the place those people went to that said, "Oh, that's all?" when I told them where we were going. The Japanese Tea Gardens were a place I was excited to go to. I love tea, I love gardens, so why wouldn't I enjoy a nice quaint lunch a the Japanese Tea Gardens? Well, it was pretty lack-luster. It was pretty, but we were there maybe ten minutes and walked the whole thing, which it took us ten minutes to get there, so... what you see in the picture below is it.
I will admit it to the internet that on our third day, my Blackfish watching, petition signing self went to Sea World. I know, I know. But Josh had never been, and before the whole Blackfish thing, I had fond memories as a child of going to the Sea Worlds and so...we went. And there were people protesting outside and we hid our faces in shame as we drove by in the prius and felt a little awkward every time an animal trainer emphasized how well they treat the animals and how everything the animals were doing was natural and yada yada. I remember as a kid how the trainers swam with the Orcas and how it was much more of a production and how amazing it was that it almost made you cry. I remember a performance once where they had a little girl "out of the audience" come up to pet an Orca, fell in the tank, and then saved by the Orca. I wanted to be that girl SO BAD. It was awesome and beautiful and my dad told me he wanted me to do that when I grew up, because I always talked about how I wanted to be a zoologist. Now, of course, the trainers can't swim with the Orcas anymore (but they do still swim with the beluga whales), and it's not so much as a show as, "see how fast the Orca swims?" and "see this great relationships the trainers have built with the animals? (here's another handful of fish, now flap your fin around)" kind of thing. Honestly, we still enjoyed it, because I really love going to zoos and aquariums and feeding and petting things, but it was definitely not the magical experience I remembered, it felt tainted. So you can judge us, it's fine. But again, we drive a Prius now so it balances itself out, right? JK.
On our fourth day we drove down to Corpus Christi, you know, the paradise of Texas. There, we went to The Texas State Aquarium (remember, we like to feed and pet things). We liked it WAY better then Sea World, okay?! It is not very big, although they are adding on a big expansion, but they have lots to see and pet and feed! We fed sting rays, we pet starfish, little sharks, and jellyfish. We were fulfilled in our petting needs.
That night we stayed in Port Aransas, which is a little beachy town about 30 minutes from Corpus filled with cute, colorful bungalows. We stayed on a little plot of land called Camp Coyoacan where the owner has built several tents and yurts for guests to stay in. The bathrooms are separate, but are very nice, private, and clean. Josh and I both agreed this was the most comfortable bed we stayed in the whole trip. I highly recommend this place to stay in and think it would be lots of fun to rent out with a big family group!
One of my favorite things about camping in a tent, although this was quite a different tent, is waking up with the sun. I like to sleep in like most people, but I also enjoy the feeling of waking up naturally. I had an early morning solo stroll on the beach. I could definitely get used to that, even if it is a Texas beach ;)
Our final day, we finally remembered the Alamo and then did a little shopping. We took a boat down the Riverwalk, silly me, didn't realize it was an actual river with shops built around it. I always assumed it was manmade. We finished our trip with a wonderful meal at the restaurant, Chart House, at the top of the Tower of the Americas. The tower is the second tallest freestanding tower in America and the restaurant slowly spins, making a 360 degree turn every hour so that as you eat you get to see the whole panorama of the city. It was 'spensive, but oh so good!
So we made the weary 9-ish hour trip back home, back to work, back to responsibility. It was a fun little get away, and even though it's "just" San Antonio, I still recommend it to others! I would say it was one of our more relaxed vacations because we didn't have every moment planned, as I usually do. Now on to planning the next trip. Where should we go?