Looks like the Colonel is missing something
The wonderful Hatch chili
Old Mesilla - the Plaza
Where Las Cruces began
Basilica of San Albino
On National Historical Building
Daisy, our house mate
Monday was just a day to drive to San Antonio. Long day and glad to have arrived. Stopped for early dinner at Rudy's BBQ - lots say the best BBQ in Texas. Sure was good. I had baby back ribs and John had turkey. Got to house and unpacked. Read awhile and to sleep early. I was woken up by airplanes - seemed like 100s of them, right over the house which caused the window to rattle....... and could not get back to sleep. The next two nights the plane traffic was not as heavy.
Oh these ribs are good
Tuesday up and ready for the day. Stopped at famous Old Guenter House for a delicious breakfast. Rich old flour mill family home with mill right next door on river. This is the old German historic area and many of the homes have been refurbished. These places are mansions and so truly beautiful. It was just such a treat to look at these homes as we walked and then drove by. The grand old days. Stopped by to see the Vietnam Memorial, a wonderful detailed bronze.
We had breakfast on the patio
Beautiful old German neighborhood mansions
Up late and took the car in for an oil change. Then downtown to visit two beautiful missions. We saw Mission Concepcion and Mission San Jose.
People were shorter
Mission San Jose, 1720
40 feet tall
We then went to a San Antonio Couch Surfer meeting held at the Bombay Bicycle Club - a weekly gathering - where the group works on language and just in general visits. We had two girls from France there and I'd say the turnout was about 15 people. We had a nice time visiting with various people. An attorney/actor, a marketing person who just returned from an extended trip to South America. Back home and had nice visiting, wine and nuts, with David and Charlene. We heard some great stories about New York, as they had lived in Manhattan - Italian restaurants, John Gotti and the mob encounters. Fun people we enjoyed getting to meet.
Up early on Thursday for drive to Spring, Texas. Stopped and got my flu shot so that's taken care of. Arrived our Lorraine and Darryl's house around 2:30 p.m. Lorraine was home so we sat and visited a long time. Darryl got home from work and we went to dinner at a fun place, The Potatoe [sic] Patch, where they throw you dinner rolls across the room. They give you fried okra and fried green tomatoes free as appetizers. Huge meals. They even gave us a free cup of milk to take home for my coffee. Fun place and great service.
Our friends had to work and we slept in which felt so good. John found Mercer Botanical Garden close by so we went there since we love flowers. It was a lovely garden and we had such a good time. Our friends took us out for Mexican food and we had a good dinner.
Lady bug, lady bug
Up early and Daryl went and picked up kolaches - something we'd never even heard of -- a sort of baked yeast roll with either a ham roll, or a smoked sausage inside. He also brought donuts, so we had quite a breakfast.
Darryl, John and Lorriane
Headed down the road at noon toward Vidor to our friend Melinda's house. Arrived, visited, ate and then we went to a bar called John Wayne. It was quiet at 10:00 p.m. and the 3 of us played pool. Little by little the place got busier and lots of people came in costumes. Melinda introduced me to a new drink that I love, the Water Mocassin. So we drank, danced, and just had ourselves a good old time and closed the bar.
Superman, BSU fan, Lois Lane
Up at noon, Melinda made good breakfast burritos. Just visiting and she showed us some of her cross stitch projects. She does beautiful, complicated work. Sat around, visited and then had some tasty ribs for dinner. Early to bed since we've got to get up and head for New Orleans, our next stop. Hate to leave this good cooking, but must say adios to Texas...................