John and Sandy's RV Adventure Journal

San Antonio

San Antonio – Trolley Day

We had more rain overnight but this morning is overcast and damp but no rain. After breakfast we headed to downtown to the Trolley. Phillip was our driver again and he welcomed us back. Today is a perfect day to explore the missions.

We got off at Mission San Jose’. This is the largest mission in the area. We watched a movie about the history of the missions and it’s people. Then we walked the grounds and visited the church. It took us about 90 minutes. Back on the trolley and off at Mission Concepcion’. This is a much smaller mission and grounds. We visited the church and explored in about 30 minutes. All the 5 missions in the area still have church services throughout the week. Our last stop where we left the trolley was the San Fernando Cathedral. We relaxed in the Cathedral for a few minutes while enjoying how beautiful it is.

We are only 1 block from the riverwalk, so off we went. We stopped at Waxxy’s Irish Pub and had some cocktails and appetizers. Then of course we had to stop at the Bier House for the daily beer special. Now it’s time to head home. We had a nightcap and John and Jim had a cigar over at Diane and Jim’s place. It was a great day and the weather cooperated.

San Antonio – Trolley Day

We were ready to go early. We headed to downtown and just when we got there the rain started. We stayed in the truck for a while and then made our break.

We got trolley tickets even though it’s raining. The trolley picks up right next to the Haagen Dazs Ice Cream so we all got ice cream concoctions. We got on the trolley in the pouring rain and took the narrated tour around the city. We got off at the Mexican Market to walk around. It’s mostly a covered and indoor market so it worked out great. We got to see a Mexican dancing show so that was nice.

Now the rain stopped and we re-boarded the trolley. We got off at the Alamo and made it to the Bier House so Jim and John could have a stein of the bier of the day. Diane and I had margaritas. Now we walked to the cigar store and then went to Joe’s Crab Shack for dinner. It turned out to be a nice day and we stopped by Jim and Diane’s for a nightcap.

San Antonio

We had a relaxing morning by Jim and Diane’s cabin, listening to music and having coffee, chips and salsa. Now it’s time to regroup. We headed to the Japanese Tea Gardens. It’s a beautiful garden area in a Japanese theme. We walked through the gardens and took a path which we ended up at the zoo.

We thought about going on a zoo train but the thunder and lightning and light rain came, so we headed to the truck. We are close to the Oldest VFW in Texas so we stopped to check it out and have a cocktail. As we got there the sky opened up and it started to pour. So we found a table outside under an overhang, had a couple beers and watched the rain. John wanted to play darts so we looked for a bar that had a dart board. We stopped at the Alamo Bar but no dart board. We had one and continued on. It’s still pouring out and the radar doesn’t look good.

We were supposed to go to a parrothead house party tonight but now the weather is bad and we have been in bars and heading to another one so that’s off the table. Our last stop is the little dive bar near our campground. The Crazy J sports bar. They had just opened and did have a dart board. So we played a few games, had a few drinks and headed for dinner. We went to a little Mexican restaurant close by and then headed home. The rain finally stopped so we had a nightcap at Jim and Diane’s and then grounded ourselves.

San Antonio

We did a little shopping this morning. We had some pool time for reading, relaxing and rays. Now we left the park and headed to the Natural Bridge Caverns. We did the 4pm Discovery tour. It was about 75 minutes long and we headed down 200 feet into the caves. It was a nice tour and now we are ready for some Texas BBQ.

We made a stop at a saloon along the way for a couple happy hour cocktails. Next on to the Big Bib BBQ. Jim found this place and it was great. They helped us decide what to order. So for the 4 of us we got a pound of pulled pork, a pound of beef brisket, two pounds of beef ribs and 2 pounds of sweet potato casserole. We all had water to drink. We thought for sure when we ordered we would have leftovers since it’s 6 pounds of food. But nope! We ate everything and it was great. Then Tamu the manager was talking to us and she brought us a sample of the rib tips and jalapeno sausage. We were all so full. So we headed home, had a nightcap at Jim and Diane’s cabin and that was it.