"You may all go to Hell, and I will go to Texas." Davy Crockett
On the third day of our cross country road trip, my mom and I drove from Arizona all the way to San Antonio Texas. The drive briefly took us through New Mexico before we headed into West Texas. If you've ever driven through West Texas... you know it's a beast.
There's not much out in West Texas, and we had a faulty AC in the intense heat, but we managed to have an enjoyable time together nonetheless by listening to "S-Town" and finding quirky stops as we drove through the vast desert.
We were able to see Mexico from our car on this drive! I've never been to Mexico before so this was an amazing experience for me. I tried to take pictures as we drove past but the speed limit made it difficult to get anything in focus.
Chuy's was our own personal oasis in West Texas. We were starting to get "hangry" after driving for over five hours but hadn't found anything to eat due to the vastness of nothingness in West Texas. Suddenly, a sign for Chuy's appeared (an actual sign on the side of the road... you know, because I couldn't get wifi for Yelp out there...).
Chuy's had pretty good Mexican food, and a serious John Madden "haul". It also had a fun junk yard garden where old car parts had been turned into art, including a shrine (pictured above), a bug statue made from an old VW Bug, and a cacti garden surrounded by crystals and shells.
Our drive that day took over 14 hours. When we finally made it to our destination, we took showers, enjoyed a glass of wine in robes, and fell asleep early.
When we woke up, we were high above the San Antonio river walk! We were SO happy to be there, not only to see the city, but also to be close to a body of water finally. We ate breakfast along the water at the hotel before walking along the river and taking a spontaneous boat ride.
There were a ton of birds trying to hang out at our restaurant and even a baby squirrel that had been trained by the wait staff.
Trying to pose like the birds.
After our boat ride we walked over to the Alamo. Yes, walked! I had assumed the Alamo was outside of the city, but it's actually in the dead center.
Romper from Spell Bryon Bay
I'm a huge history nerd so the Alamo was high on my list for this trip. I skipped the "time period activities" and just wandered around in awe of the building. I was there. That's all I needed.
That's part one of our Texas adventure! The state is so big it's just full of stories =)
Part two coming tomorrow!