We left Rockport, Texas on Thursday morning and headed to San Antonio to visit Luke’s cousin David and his family (wife Bev, daughter Abby and cat Mouser). We met them for some authentic Mexican food at Pico de Gallo. I had some puffy tacos. It was a very cool place. All photos for this post are in the slideshow below. It was great to see the Ostmo family. They are quite the fun group and definitely the right people to hang out with in San Antonio.
After lunch, Luke and I, his parents and the Ostmos headed to The Alamo. We waitied in line for a bit, but David and Abby educated us about The Alamo while we waited. The main building was a lot smaller than I expected, but it was so interesting to see such a historical place. It was sad to think about the lives lost, but it was an important time in our history. It was funny to see all of the people who thought David was a tour guide since he knew so much about The Alamo. After that, we got “razzies” which are Texas snow cones. They were quite refreshing after a warm Texas afternoon.
Following The Alamo, the Ostmos took us to the famous Riverwalk. I think EVERY city should have a riverwalk. Even if there is no river, cities should build one. What a fun place! If you’ve never been to the San Antonio Riverwalk, here’s a description from the official website…
The San Antonio River Walk is a public park, open 365 days a year. It is a network of walkways along the banks of the San Antonio River, one story beneath approximately 5 miles of downtown San Antonio. Lined by bars, shops and restaurants, the River Walk is an important part of the city’s urban fabric and a tourist attraction in its own right. The River Walk winds and loops under bridges as two parallel sidewalks, lined with restaurants, shops, hotels and more. It connects the major tourist draws from the Alamo to Rivercenter Mall, Arneson River Theatre and La Villita, the San Antonio Museum of Art, and the Pearl Brewery.
It was so refreshing to walk along the river and see all of the fantastic sites. But, be warned – you do NOT want to text and walk through the Riverwalk:) The nine of us took a river barge and got the full tour of everything along the Riverwalk. San Antonio is truly rich in culture, history and things to do. I highly recommend visiting.
In the evening, our lovely hosts came home bearing pizza and beer since we insisted on watching our beloved Iowa State Cyclone Men’s Basketball team try their hand against UConn. in the NCAA tournament. We won!!!
The next day, Luke’s cousin David took us to his place of employment – the local FOX/CW station. As we used to be news reporters, it was interesting to see and hear about the station that David takes so much pride in. Being the Director of Operations at KABB Fox San Antonio, he has his hands in much of the daily business as well as serving as a consultant for other stations across the country. We got to tour the studios and other rooms in the building. I must say (in large part to him, it seems), this station was more organized and had more bells and whistles than any we ever worked at. What a unique tour! Plus, we saw David’s office which is full of relics of the past like antique cameras, ink quills and massive radios.
After our tour, the nine of us visited Rudy’s, some of the best BBQ in Texas! The counter was slightly open, so you start in line still being outside. There were aluminum traughs full of ice holding any glass-bottled beverage you could want. And, you could see the BBQ experts slice and chop your meat to order. We ordered the beef brisket, some turkey, creamed corn and pinto beans. They also give you a vast amount of white bread. I hadn’t eaten white bread in years. All in all, it was delish – and it was great to chow down with Luke’s parents and the Ostmos and hear even more interesting facts about the area. Also, according to Bev, Tony Parker and Eva Longoria used to frequent Rudy’s when they were still a couple. Ha.
And, that my friends ends our Texas trip. We spent the night in Ardmore, Oklahoma, and headed back to Iowa on Saturday. It was great to get away from our daily lives, spend time with family, meet new friends, get some sunshine and of course learn a lot. Until the next vacation, my blog will be back to its regular randomness. How’s that for an oxymoron?