Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Spring Branch Texas

We're still here, enjoying this part of Hill Country.  We've only been into San Antonio a few times, but driving the surrounding hills is very enjoyable.

Saturday we went to Wimberly only to discover we missed the date on Market Days...wrong Saturday.  But we continued on to Dripping Springs and right outside of town we stumbled across a brewery!  Jim said he was tired of blocking the traffic so we pulled off and enjoyed a cold brew.  The whole place is set up for indoor or outdoor drinking.  There is a food truck parked outside by the corn hole game and on the veranda/porch there are picnic tables with Jenga games to enjoy

We didn't stay after the one beer, it was time for lunch and we found a place called Epicure in Dripping Springs.  Our lunch was fantastic!  We both ordered the special Lamb burger, Jim opted for a salad side while I had roasted potatoes.  Cooked perfectly!  And our host answered questions about the area and we enjoyed chatting with him.  I was surprised that the menu was so upscale.  But apparently the area likes  varied continental style foods because they're opening a larger venue while keeping this one as a wine and cheese bar.

Back on the road we headed to Blanco where we did find a market set up at the old courthouse.  Typical jewelry and hand crafted items.  It was fun walking around...we needed to work off lunch!

Then it was time to head home.  Driving up and down and all around the hills is a fun way to spend an afternoon.

Sunday we stayed home and enjoyed the intermittent rain.  If I recall, it started the night before with a thunderstorm.

Monday we headed out check out a shopping mall south of here....right in the middle of the construction on highway 281.  Some of our friends probably drove right by it on their trek north.  Typical shops and stores.  Some well know eateries and the Alamo Drafthouse, this dinner at the theater.  We've never been to one, have you?  Could be fun

We didn't get out to look around, it's an open mall and it was way to warm to window shop.  So we headed a bit further south into San Antonio and stopped at Barnes and Nobles.  I found some magazines to buy and we both sat in the cafe and had coffee and a decadent treat called an Oreo stack.  It sure was tasty and not necessary...

Boo was happy to see us when we got home (but then, he always is) as it was past his supper time!  

Today I was on my own with the truck!  Jim opted to stay home while I headed out for some groceries.  I brought a pizza home for our lunch and along with a beer it made us both drowsy.  Jim napped while I snoozed in my chair.

I updated my Paper Craft page with some of the cards I've made.  If you're interested pop over there!

All is right in our world

Saturday, May 12, 2018

relaxing day at home

We had a lazy day at home today.  This past week has been busy.

Tuesday we left Corpus Christi for an uneventful drive to Spring Branch Texas.  The weather was perfect.  Mostly drove on the interstate and we stopped once for lunch.

As it happens we are in the same site at Spring Branch RV Park as we had last year.  This is a comfortable place to stay.

That evening we met Sara Jane and Jerry at Max's down the road.  We had already eaten but enjoyed a cold adult beverage with Jim's cousin and her husband.  We made plans to join them Thursday evening for dinner.

Wednesday we were the God and Goddess of the domicile.  I did laundry, ironed, dishes were dirtied and cleaned.  Not even sure of what we ate.  We've dined out so much that leftovers were stacked in the fridge!

Thursday we hung out and did very little.  Our dinner at a steakhouse was delicious and more adult beverages were had.  My companions all had small steaks while I chose salmon.  I even had leftovers...enjoyed those today.

Yesterday we drove into San Antonio to visit the Pearl Brewery  The brewery closed in 2001 and they've turned it into shopping complex with condos and dining.  W also went to the Quarry where we had lunch at J. Alexander's, great food!  Then it was across the way to Whole Foods Market (my favorite grocery store).  Didn't spend much because I was stuffed from lunch.

Back home Jim napped and I chilled...thus you have our week.

We've decided to stay her until Memorial Day is behind us.  Jim looked online and most places were booked...

Happy Mother's Day to all the Moms...

All is right in our world

Friday, May 4, 2018

It's about time...

We left Bentsen Palm Village RV Resort around 1000 last Tuesday, May 1st.  We both took our time getting ready to leave, several days in fact.  We were delayed by rain and wet conditions.  A few days prior to our departure Jim finished the slide repair and replacing the insulation and installing the belly pan.  I don’t think he wants to crawl under the rig ever again!

Our drive took us up Conway to Monte Cristo over to Edinburgh where we hopped on Highway 281.  Then the long boring road to take us north began.  Passed through the checkpoint without a hitch.  Stopped in Falfurrias for lunch. We always eat in the rig.  I had salad and Jim had a chicken sandwich.  Not sure what highway we took from there....77 maybe, but eventually we made it to Corpus Christi.  Hung a right heading east where just before you catch the highway to Mustang Island, you turn left to go to the Naval Air Station.

The campground on the base is located on the bay and it’s a favorite.  While setting up Jim got an invitation to happy hour at the clubhouse.  All we had to bring was wine, food was provided.  Our neighbors Paula and Joe are very nice.  They proceeded to tell us all about their plans for the next few days and included us if interested.  Tomorrow, for Cinco de Mayo,  they’re cooking fajitas for anyone who wants them.  Others are bringing sides.  At this point I don't know if we're going.

Anyway we enjoyed the food, wine and company but headed home before they broke out the dice game. We were tired and ready to relax.  I’m sure all had a good time without us.

Wednesday we went shopping and enjoyed pizza at B & J’s Pizza and Brew Pub.   Tried a new brew Austin Eastcider grapefruit.  Very tasty!  After a run to HEB we headed home.

Thursday we also went shopping...Jim is looking for another grill.  I can’t remember if it was Wednesday or Thursday but we also went to the mall to get some walking inside out of the wind.  Oh, did I mention we’ve had gale force winds the past few days?  Could hardly get in and out of the rig safely.

Today the winds were under twenty miles an hour so we went to Mustang Island and Port Aransas.  Drove around a bit, headed to the beach (where you can drive on the beach).  Found a place to park and we walked the beach.  Several folks were enjoying the shore but the surf was rough and the red flag was flying.  It was good to smell the salt air and dig my toes in the sand.

We had lunch at Fins Grill and Icehouse overlooking the marina.  We sat outside enjoying our drinks and sandwiches.  Jim tried the Austin Eastcider Pineapple they had on draft.  It's pretty good too.  I had a Ziegenbock.  

There are areas of Mustang Island where they're still recovering from the hurricane.  But for the most part it's business as usual.. Island life, if you live there you just clean up and start again!

We'll stay here until next Tuesday when we'll continue north to Spring Branch, just outside San Antonio.  We stayed there last year.

All is right in our world