We moved from dusty western Texas to San Antonio (pop. 1.5 million) where there are occasional clouds and actual rain. The RV Resort is 30 miles west of the downtown and has nice, clean cement roads and the RV sites are cement and grass with a nice patio. We've met some very friendly fellow travelers here that share lots of good information on travel locations in the west.
Our activities in our first 20 days here:
First I have to comment on the traffic. As soon as we leave the thousands of acres of ranch land and cotton fields that surround the RV Resort and go 1 mile we are on a highway, usually heading east toward San Antonio and the surrounding area. San Antonio has 4 major beltways with a lot of crazy drivers (in my opinion). The suburbs are loaded with huge housing plans. From our location 30 miles west of the center of town we encounter congestion in 10 miles. That's 20 miles of hair-raising 70 MPH fun.
A 15 mile bike ride on the Greenway Trail west of downtown. San Antonio has miles of paved bike trails that circle the city.
We toured the Alamo~
We had dinner on the San Antonio Riverwalk and then walked down the Riverwalk to Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville Bar to watch Pitt beat Wake Forest The Riverwalk was packed and the streets above were also busy. The Riverwalk is the most visited attraction in Texas.
We drove the Jeep 200 miles to Port Aransas, Texas which is a vacation town on Mustang Island on the Gulf Coast. We stayed for 2 nights at the Hampton Inn. It was actually pretty nice and we stayed for free with our Hilton Points which makes it even better. Tuesday when we arrived at 2PM it was cloudy but Wednesday was warm and sunny and perfect for a bike ride. We rented bikes and rode 16 miles around the town, the marina area and the beach. The beach is wide with room for parking near the dunes and plenty of room to walk, bike or do the normal beach stuff. The town is cute and has nice restaurants, shops and the usual close to the water bars. We had a nice dinner and then went to a bar that had an Elvis impersonator. Fun was had by all, or at least by the people that had alcohol in their bloodstreams. There was a bit of an angry vibe by the regulars since this was Elvis's last show. The bar was scheduled to be demolished and will be replaced by future condos on this stretch of water front. The locals are not happy.
We left Port Aransas on Thursday morning and stopped in Corpus Christi at the Texas State Aquarium. The aquarium is on the Corpus Christi Bay next to the USS Lexington, an aircraft carrier that is now a museum.