River Walk, downtown San Antonio, Sunday, February 25, 2018

River Walk, downtown San Antonio, Sunday, February 25, 2018
River Walk, downtown San Antonio, Sunday, February 25, 2018

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

When Bloggers Meet... Tues., Feb. 26

...friendship blooms. Or, in the case of Karen, friendship looms. You see Karen is a very crafty person, a fiber artist. She makes beautiful weavings on her loom. She has an Etsy website (currently on vacation) on which she sells sea shells, oops, I mean hats, socks, and rugs. If you want to learn more about fiber arts, she has a Loom-a-tic Workshop with instructional DVDs.

I have been following her blog for a while. When Colleen of Traveling with the Long Dogs told me Karen was going to be in our RV park, both of us were delighted and wanted to meet her. Wouldn't you know, Karen and Steve are in the site next to us. When they were parked and situated, they came over and we talked for a while. Colleen arrived from Schertz, Texas, a half-hour later.

Karen and Steve
Steve and Karen wanted to see Riverwalk and The Alamo. We started out by going to lunch around 1:30 p.m., but that took longer than we thought it would.

Karen & Steve at Taqueria Guadalajara.
Colleen, Susan, Karen & Steve
Next we went to Mission San Jose where we caught a 45-minute, ranger-led tour through the mission grounds. People were asking about the round "balls" in the trees. She explained that they are called ball moss and are epiphytes. Epiphytes do not cause damage to the trees and live in harmony with the tree. Mistletoe, also in the mesquite trees, is a parasite and competes with the tree for nutrients and water.

Ball moss in the mesquite tree.
Our ranger talks about ball moss.
The ranger also pointed out the following golden-fronted woodpeckers.

Golden-fronted woodpecker.
I had to use a strong zoom on this so the bird is hard to see.
Steve and Karen in front of the mission church door.
Inside the church sanctuary.
Detail of the cement work over the church door.
The altar area.
Pretty flower on the mission grounds. Identification anyone?
Spanish Dagger blooming (Yucca agavaceae)
Steve checking out the Mission San Jose Bastion.
When the tour was over we finished looking around inside the mission. Before we knew it, it was 4:15 p.m. and The Alamo closed at 5:00 p.m. Whoa, Nellie! We would be hard pressed to make it downtown, find parking and tour The Alamo in that amount of time.

We decided to finish at Mission San Jose by watching the movie, briefly scanning the museum and looking in the gift shop. From the mission we headed back to the RV park, passing by the old drive-in theater which is being refurbished. Here is what the newly painted facade looks like. At night, the painting is outlined in white neon which looks very retro and beautiful.

Once back at the RV park, we sat in Steve and Karen's MH shooting the breeze. Then it was time for Colleen and I to say our good-byes for the night. Karen told us to wait a minute because she had something for us. She then handed us each a pair of socks she made! What a sweetheart. The socks are nice and thick and will be toasty on cold nights. Thank you, Karen! We are happy ladies.

Colleen, Karen, Susan, Duke
Then Karen and Steve were off to explore the Riverwalk and have dinner. You'll have to check out her blog for the rest of their evening out.

We want to welcome new subscribers JWB (no name or website given), and Karen and Steve of RVing: The USA is Our Big Backyard. Karen and Steve set out full-time RVing and after five months bought another sticks-and-bricks house which they have been making their own. Now they have the best of both worlds, a stationary place to call home and a home on wheels. 

Time to call it a night. It's "a night!"
'Til tomorrow, sleep tight.


  1. Wonderful! So glad everyone was able to meet up!

  2. It's always a neat thing to meet a fellow blogger. Looks like you guys are having a lot of fun.

  3. Oh what a wonderful blog post!!! I cheated on mine and just put a link to yours until we get on the road when I can type and download my camera. You got great pics so I can rob them. LOL Will come over and knock knock on your door in a bit. Got laundry done and Steve is topping off the water tank. 11 a.m. checkout time!

    1. Wow, thank you!

      I'll look forward to reading yours when you get it posted.


  4. butterbean carpenterFebruary 27, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    Howdy 'Bug',
    I used to have a 'girlfriend' we all called Bug!!! Thanx, for the info on yesterday's tour and for showing 2 of the best around our lovely SA, except for the traffic!!! Hope y'all have a great winter and get to travel lots this year!!!

  5. Butterbean!
    Welcome. Are you the infamous butterbean and joyce with the miniature horses? I'm pleased you found us and took time to comment.

    We won't be traveling "lots" this year, but we do plan to go to New Orleans in March and Michigan in September. We may also take some long weekend trips to explore around the San Antone area a bit more.

    Enjoy your day.
    TravelBug-Susan (but you can call me "bug."

  6. I followed the link over here to your great blog. It is great when bloggers meet each other.

  7. Wow, a "Travel Bug" and a "Loom-atic" meeting up! A match made in blogger heaven. So nice ya'll had a great time together. :c)

  8. That is so neat to meet fellow bloggers. I hope that in our travels we will get to met some of our new blogger friends. You all seem so sweet and fun to hang out with.

    1. Tammy,
      Of course you'll meet other bloggers. We love to get together. Then it's fun to read each person's version of what we did. We're all different in our observations.

      Sometimes it's hard to keep up with us if we're on the road.

      Thanks for reading.


  9. Sounds like a great day was had by all. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Oh.... we were just looking again at your blog post, susan.. and Steve noticed the DUKIE PALOOKIE peeking around the corner in the last picture! LOL LOL I missed that the first time. Toooo cute!

    1. Yeah, Duke just popped himself (sneakily I might add) into the corner of the photo. LOL.


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