The Saturday after New Year's, our whole family packed up and boarded a plane bound for San Antonio, Texas. Ben was already headed there for work, so the kids and I were fortunate enough to tag along. It was wonderful to once again feel the warm sun on our faces and take deep breaths outside without our lungs freezing solid. Granted, the weather was cool for the people that live there, but to us, anything above 50 degrees with sunshine feels like an early spring.
Of course, as soon as we got to our resort, the kids headed straight to the pool (thankfully, the pool was heated to a warm 80-degrees so we didn't look too crazy swimming--even though we pretty much had the pool to ourselves!)
During our brief time in San Antonio, we made sure to pack in a lot of fun! Due to Ben's work commitments, we were unfortunately not able to connect with extended family that live in Texas, but we did our best to enjoy the beautiful city and surrounding Hill Country with the time we did have.
Our first stop was Sea World:
A visit to San Antonio is not complete without touring the Alamo and surrounding Spanish Misisons. Zach was so excited to see the Alamo and has read many books about the historic battle. He was also insistent that we visit ALL of the missions.
Of course, we had to take a riverboat cruise down the beautiful San Antonio Riverwalk.
We also made a stop at the peculiarly intriguing Buckhorn Saloon and Texas Ranger Museum in downtown San Antonio.
We also had the opportunity to tour the Natural Bridge Caverns, the largest underground cave in Texas. We even saw a bat!
We made sure to take part in the culinary delights that can only be found in the state of Texas: Awesome Mexican food, Chicken Fried Steak, Smoked BBQ Brisket, A Perfect Steak Dinner, and Dunkin Donuts (ok, ok....so there are Dunkin Donuts elsewhere in the country, but we are deprived where we live).
We had an incredible time, although when we returned, I felt like I needed a vacation from the vacation we just had. I don't think our family does "relaxing" very well, especially when we are in a new place with so many new things to do and see. San Antonio is a beautiful city and we definitely enjoyed our time there!