Ko Olina looking toward Nanakuli Head, Oahu, HI, December 5, 2016

Ko Olina looking toward Nanakuli Head, Oahu, HI, December 5, 2016
Ko Olina looking toward Nanakuli Head, Oahu, HI, December 5, 2016

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Hunkering Down - Sun., Nov. 24

Going to Austin today did not sound like fun. Weather service forecast was for 42 degrees, 80% chance of rain, and wind gusts to 20 mph. Throughout the day, the temperature was supposed to drop, not go up. By 3:00 p.m. the rain had a chance to turn to sleet. With Austin being 1-1/2 hours north of San Antonio, it could have been a dangerous drive home. We opted not to go.

The other Susan and I will see how the weather looks for walking Monday. If we can, we plan to do the new Mission Reach Volksmarch in San Antonio.

Here's what hunkering down looks like:

Football, Bob with the remote, and snoozing kitties.
We took a break from hunkering down, braved the chill, and headed to Green Vegetarian Cuisine for dinner. On the way home, we drove a way we hadn't explored yet. We headed east on Grayson St. and ended up in Government Hill Historic District.

Government Hill's history is linked to the development of Ft. Sam Houston. The City of San Antonio donated 93 acres to the War Department in the 1870s. Construction of Ft. Sam Houston started in 1876. By 1918, the Fort had grown to 193 acres. Government Hill became home to over 12,000 people. Turn-of-the-century one- and two-story buildings on North New Braunfels Ave. served as the area's main street.

We wandered past The Lambermont, also known as the Terrell Castle. Bob was driving and didn't see it, so we drove around the block and went back to it. It was worth a few photos. There are no historic markers around this masterpiece so I Googled it when we got home.

This Romanesque Revival-style "castle" was built in 1894 for Edwin Terrell (lawyer and ambassador to Belgium during Benjamin Harrison's presidency) by San Antonio architect Alfred Giles. It was built to resemble the castles and chateaus of Belgium and France. The family lived in the home until Terrell died in 1910. It is now an event venue. Renting the space includes four guest rooms in the estate. From what I can tell, it is used quite frequently for weddings.




After we returned to the 5er, my equal-opportunity lap cats warmed me up for an hour.
Changing of the lap for 60 Minutes & Amazing Race.
So that's what hunkering down looks like in our fifth wheel.

Have a good week wherever you may be, and safe travels during Thanksgiving weekend.

11 comments:

  1. UPDATE: As soon as I finished the blog, rain started pounding on the 5er roof. A few minutes later, loud thunder boomed. I read this is the longest cold spell this area has had in three years.

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  2. Well it's some consolation to know I'm not alone in the 40's and 20+mph wind group. At least I didn't get the rain yet. Nice job of hunkering.

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    1. This weather is so much like Oregon in winter it's scary. Did you finally get rain? We've had quite a bit of rain. One of our windows developed a leak right where water pours off our roof. It coming inside the wall and soaking the carpet. Grr.

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  3. Bundle up! I suppose instead of a "Three Dog Night", you'll have to settle for the two cats.

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    1. Need about six cats for a night like last night - three for Bob and three for me. Don't tell Bob I said that!

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  4. That castle is cool. Not something you'd expect to see in Texas. Stay dry and safe!

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  5. We did much of the same in Phoenix but with the floods drying up and the sun back out, I guess it's time to hit the trails. Are those cowboy boots you're sporting?

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    1. Sorry to hear about the floods. Hopefully the sun comes out here soon!

      Good eyes. Yep, those are cowboy (cowgirl boots). We're Texas residents now, all y'all. Yee haw!

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  6. Hunkering down is good, especially with a couple of loving cats. Looks like you are enjoying the game. We are freezing here in PA.. Planning on heading south on Monday. Finished with all doctor visits for the present.

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