Octagonal Bank of New Zealand banker's desk carved from Australian red cedar, Dunedin, circa 1883.

Octagonal Bank of New Zealand banker's desk carved from Australian red cedar, Dunedin, circa 1883.
Octagonal Bank of New Zealand banker's desk carved from Australian red cedar, Dunedin, circa 1883.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

San Antonio Loops -- Sun., July 1

San Antonio, Texas:

Normalcy returns. We spent time together traveling around the San Antonio loops -- I-410 and 1604. Found movie theaters to see summer blockbusters, restaurants to try, Six Flags Fiesta Texas, Seaworld with a new waterpark called Aquatica, caverns, a laser tag arena (Susan LOVES laser tag!!), bike paths everywhere, Hemisphere Park and Tower of the Americas. So much to do and explore! We're back in our element.

When we started our drive this afternoon, Bob took the route he will take to work while we're in San Antonio. It is about 25 minutes away. Here are some pics of where he will work when we're not "remote."
The office
Their trucks. (Bob will use his own truck, not a company truck.)
After searching out his work, it was lunchtime. Right down the street we found Culver's. Good find! It's an upscale fast food restaurant similar to DQ but with a much more fun menu. I had a classic Reuben sandwich and a chocolate/peanut butter malt. Bob had a cod sandwich and fries. The food was excellent and the decor was very clean and pretty. Culvers has been in business 20 years. They're located all over the midwest and as far west as Arizona and Utah. Photos of Culver's in San Antonio...

Culver's interior decor.
Our drive started out going east on the I-410 freeway around the outskirts of San Antonio. That didn't take us too long, so I said, "Let's drive the Hwy 1604 loop too." Turns out that took a lot longer. It took us through rural farmlands on the south and east sides of San Antonio. We saw a park as we were driving by one spot at 60 mph. I caught a glimpse of a sign that said something trail. "Let's go back," I told Bob, "It might might be a bike trail." Turns out it was Saspamco Paddling Trail. Here's a photo and a link for our RV friends who like to paddle.

The north part of Hwy 1604 went past shopping malls, laser tag arena, upscale shopping malls and construction of new freeway overpasses. At the 1604/I-10 intersection we finally saw Six Flags Fiesta Texas. Now I know where to go for my thrill ride fix! 

Toward the end of our drive, we took I-10 west toward Boerne (pronounced Bernie) to look at another RV park. It was right next to the freeway and not near as nice as the one we're in. Both of us agreed it was "okay" but there was no "it" factor. 

After we left that RV park and headed east on I-10 toward San Antonio, we could see the storm that had been threatening to break out all day finally had. We couldn't see the hill about 1/2 mile in front of us. Then we drove into a wall of water and hail. Lightning flashed. We could barely see the cars in front of us. This was at 6:30 p.m., full daylight. We saw brake lights as everyone slowed way down! Some cars pulled over on the side and stopped. We continued, went about 20 mph, and kept lots of distance between us and the car in front. The car behind us stayed way back. We made it through. The temperature had dropped from 95 to 75. 

It sprinkled most of the evening. When I went outside the 5er around 9:00 p.m., the humidity must have been about 95%...it felt like a sauna. The temperature was back up too. Thank goodness we have two workhorse air conditioners.

We had a wonderful time driving, sightseeing and talking. Gate guarding taught us how important our travel time together is. When we don't have that time, we really miss it.

This morning while cleaning, Bob was reinstalling the air filter for our air conditioner. He had a supervisor making sure it was put together per specifications.

Bowie supervising Bob (and taking up half the stepladder!).
Bowie wants to do everything we do!
Tomorrow morning Bob is back to 40 hour weeks for the next three weeks. I will be cleaning the 5er from top to bottom, starting with the ceiling, then the walls, counters, and appliances. When I get done with all that, we'll rent a carpet shampooer and scrub that caliche dust and any wayward bugs out of our carpet. On any given day, when I'm sick of cleaning, I'm going to take off and see a movie. So many to catch up on.

Currently, the fur-kids are running laps in the RV, flying over the stairs and each other. Back and forth, back and forth, back and forth, let's not forget the mountains of furniture to climb! Bowie hides in the bathroom and when Sunnie runs by Bowie ambushes him and the race continues.

Bob is out for his training run/walk. Said he'll be gone one to two hours. Tomorrow, I can start my workouts in the AIR CONDITIONED exercise room. 

So thrilled to be back in a city, especially one that's new to us. Exploration awaits.

Travel Bug out.


  1. Congrats on Bob's new job. That is great to find a job that will still let yoy travel & still get to go to Austraila. Really looking forward to hearing about that trip! We've been to Yellowstone several times & always find it so beautiful! Love San Antone too. Like ya said, so many things to do! Have fun! We worked 1 drill gate and had a few alarms to go off and several meetings with the safety man on how to handle traffic, but we never had the gas smell. That is too scary & too close to the well! Your new gig sounds alot better & safer! Ya'll will be missed in the oil patch.. Tom & Lynn

    1. Thank you. I'm sorry we didn't get a chance to meet. You never know, though. I may do some gate guard relief while we're still in the area.


  2. I know you had a good time in San Anto. We really enjoyed Six Flags and Seaworld. If you're into white water rafting (or inner-tubes), try going north from SA about 25-30 minutes. It's a blast to float down the river with your favorite beverages and a camera. Have a blast!

  3. Sounds like you guys are settling into a cool routine. I must warn you that traffic near 281/Loop 1604 is a real joy, especially if you are headed North on 281. Also traffic always seems to bottle up on I-35 North of town between 1604 and Shertz, TX
    San Antonio is a beautiful city so be sure to take time to catch all the sites.
    We are looking for workamping positions for winter in San Antonio. We've spoken with folks from Hidden Valley RV, Serengeti Resort, Hill Top RV, and the KOA in San Antonio. Hopefully the rain will fill the many dry river beds in the hill country.

  4. Great news on the employment. Hope it works out as you hope. San Antonio has a wealth of good eatin' places. Make sure you find Alamo. One on I-10 west, and one on north 281 about Bitters.
    However, the photo of Culver's parking lot got my dander right up. The fools that parked the motorcycles in the handicap spaces deserve a ticket and at the least a good shove from the left side. Idiots!!! handicap parkin is for those with mobility issues and appropriate tags. Motorcycles by definiton fail to meet the criteria. I call cops when I see things like that.


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