I've been thinking about how to approach posting about this trip. Part of me wants to explain a few things about why we haven't been the world's *greatest* couple when it comes to traveling without our kids, about why we went to San Antonio, TX, instead of some lovely Mexican resort or Caribbean island (and my feelings about the sense of entitlement regarding those places), Blah, Blah, Blah....
BUT, if I were to talk about any of those items, I would most likely come across as a) lecturing b) bitter c) an expert. My desire is NOT any of those things. Instead, I will merely post about our trip with a *few* pics. I honestly didn't take a huge number of pics.
SO -- here goes Part 1.
The one thing I will say is that ONE reason we chose San Antonio was because it's a city with which we have both visited; HOWEVER, we hadn't ever visited the city together. Keep in mind that we're both fairly independent people who were very close to 30 years old when we got married. We had both lived on our own AND had both traveled a fair amount before we were married. Honestly, if we want to revisit a bunch of previously traveled places + visit new places in our lifetime, we better travel more than we do. Ha! (I hope that makes sense)....
Because we own 2 vehicles which are older AND have quite a few miles, we, once again (like we did this past summer), rented a vehicle for this trip. We left on the Friday which, if you're local, was FOGGY. We left after picking up Luke from the bus stop (noonish), having lunch, and dropping off the kids at my parents'.
We took a foggy and somewhat drizzly drive all the way to Dallas, TX, for the first night. Our main goal that first night, besides arriving safely at our hotel in Dallas, was to eat here...
Yep -- In-N-Out Burger. We'd eaten at a couple of these fine establishments in California awhile back. It was thrilling to us when Marc figured out they were in Texas as well.
ONE thing I LOVE about In-N-Out Burger is their simple menu...Yep -- I'm a bit of a QSR (Quick Service Restaurant) nerd. Before kids, I spent many years of my teenage & adult working years in the industry. Though I've been "out" of that world for nearly 6 1/2 years, I still find myself comparing and watching trends.
Finally, we arrived at our hotel rather late in the evening. We enjoy staying at "Embassy Suites" -- mainly for their big breakfasts -- Ha! I took this pic for Luke. He too likes Embassy Suites because of the see-through elevators and the ability to look down at the breakfast area. We were on the 10th floor. I texted this pic to my mom to show Luke. It is my understanding that Luke enjoyed the picture.
Marc (and let's be honest -- and I) enjoy the breakfasts! This would be Marc's...and, I think he had a bowl of cereal for dessert after this breakfast was eaten.
After sleeping in, not rushing, and eating breakfast, we checked out of our hotel to keep driving south.
When traveling by car, Marc & I have learned that, in big cities with a lot of traffic with which we're not familiar, it's much better if I drive and he navigates....SO, as we were leaving the hotel in Dallas (with me driving), the "low tire pressure" light came on in the rental car. We found a lovely Quik-Trip (awesome convenience store if you're not familiar), and Marc aired up the tires.
We kept going south.
Before getting out of the Dallas/Ft. Worth area (thankfully), the light came on again. This time, I pulled over, and Marc called "Avis". The very nice woman at "Avis" directed us back into Ft. Worth (20 miles away) to an "Avis" location to swap cars.
While it certainly put us behind our schedule, we're grateful that a) this happened while we were kid-free b) none of the tires went completely flat while flying down a TX freeway c) it happened while we were still in a major city with plenty of "Avis" locations d) "Avis" was awesome and had another car available to us e) it didn't cost us any extra money.
The silver car was our first car. The black one was our new one. Notice the water on the cars. Yep -- fog and RAIN were the themes for our trip for 2 days while traveling from the Wichita area to San Antonio.
AND -- Part 2 on another post!