I drove across Texas in 4 days - departing a Walmart Parking lot in El Paso on May 13 and leaving Texas in my rearview mirror (bonus points if can name the obscure country music reference...) on May 17. Three nights and two days were spent in San Antonio - the parts of the city I saw were beautiful. I spent most of my day at the Riverwalk, but I also visited the Alamo (remember it?) learning a lot more about this particular portion of Texas history. If you haven't been to San Antonio I would highly recommend a visit. The "hill country" is beautiful and the Riverwalk is a true urban treasure.
|San Antonio Riverwalk|
|Remember The Alamo!|
|The View From the Seats I Couldn't Afford|
From San Antonio I headed east to Houston. I had a ticket to watch the Houston Astros play the Chicago White Sox. This will be one of 4 (at least) MLB games we see this summer. I'd have to say that of the 4, this one will certainly be the least well attended. The Astros haven't had a team to be proud of for a couple years now and the attendance showed it. It wasn't a close game but the evening was beautiful and Minute Maid Park is very nice. It also was a fairly exciting game. Adam Dunn crushed a homerun, I made an amazing catch on a fly ball in the 9th inning (I fully expected to make Sports Center that night, but I guess they had other awesome stuff from highly paid professionals to show...), and on my way to the rental car after the game Adam Dunn (who is a very large man) was getting on a very large motorcycle and very kindly signed my ball for me. I didn't even mention the "Long Haul Bombers" (here is a link - start at about 1:30) and the fireworks that followed the game. The Astros might not have much to offer on the field but the entertainment value (for me at least) was sky high.
|Just ask... I'll give you the play by play on this catch...|
Upon leaving Houston I couldn't resist taking a brief detour south to High Island, TX to get my first glimpse of the ocean. It was worth it.
OK... fine Texas... you have cool beaches and nice people too. Thanks for letting me visit!