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The Outer Banks

Heading down to Houston today, but thought I’d share a few quick thoughts on San Antonio.

* The freeway system is quite perplexing; I’m a pretty diligent driver with knowing exactly where I’m going, but the way they have their freeways designed created quite a bit of backtracking. You have to pay attention to the signs on where you want to go, because there is little forewarning on the exit ramp. Traffic can exit on the left, merge on the left, there are turnarounds everywhere and road construction made it extra challenging on where I needed to go.

* San Antonio is known, of course, for the famous Alamo. And no, there is no basement. But surrounding the famous historic site are: one Ripley’s Believe or Not Museum, on Ripley’s Haunted House Ride, a Madame Toussard’s Wax Museum, a Hagan Daaz ice cream shop, a Davey Crockett minature golf course, and so many tacky souvenir shops with T-shirts 3 for $10 and other great tourist ‘bargains.’ Pretty amazing to see how much commercialism springs up whenever you have lots and lots of people with money to spend.

* The city is also well known for its “Riverwalk.” I did little reading on this and figured it was just another overhyped and overmarketed touristy thing for people to do. Well, I was wrong. The riverwalk has to be one of my favorite highlights of my road trip so far. It is basically a pedestrian-only street that follows the banks of the San Antonio River. Along these banks are numerous restaurants and bars with outdoor seating. On a Monday night or any night, it is the place to people watch. The river is narrow, probably less than 70 feet across, so on both sides there is a path that meanders for a good 2.5 miles. I spent about 2 hours just walking this path and ducking into the shops, hotels and whatever else that caught my eye. In the evening the trees on the path are adorned with colorful lights. It is a very lovely stroll with small tour boats that take a 30 minute ride around the waterways, some boats even offering table dinner service. It may be a touristy thing to do, but it is well worth it. So when in San Antonio, I highly recommend taking a leisurely stroll along the Riverwalk. Wikipedia has a pretty good overview here:

* My host family for this leg of my trip was Lorna and her two teenage daughters, Ashley and Allison. Lorna was very kind to let me hog up her computer to do my necessary email and travelblog updates. It is a vibrant and welcoming household which also features their cat and dog. Thanks again for your hospitality Lorna!

* Other random thoughts: I’m hungry.

* Other random thoughts part two: Yeah, I’m hungry. Gonna stop here and get some grub for my drive down to Houston. Hasta Luego.

Austin lunch

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3 responses to “The Outer Banks”

  1. Katie says:

    Hey Edwina,
    How’s the car holding up? Did you get your tire fixed? We miss you here at work, it’s pretty quiet without you. You missed out on the Holiday Feast last Friday, there were lots of leftovers you could have taken home. You could have had free breakfast for a few days. Oh well, maybe next year, right? Take care and drive safe.

  2. Scott says:


    Wow, I like reading about your comments on your trip. You are an excellent writer, you should write for the paper and post a column or something. Seriously, your descriptions almost sound like they’ve been taken out’ve a magazine or something. Hope you are having fun on your trip to New Jersey, I am enjoying reading about your adventures and looking at your pictures you take. I had fun with friends on the Christmas ships night and still have a few more to go, we’re doing like 7 or 8 this year, we missed not seeing you there, but you’re on quite a trip. Keep up the good work and I hope you make it all the way with your car. Best of luck!


  3. Before you leave San Antonio, be sure to tell Brent Barry you went to OSU before you befriend Yao in Houston. HEY, maybe in Houston, you could find the 5-time, 5-time, 5-time, 5-time, 5-time WCW Champion Booker T and tell him you’re not a “sucka”

    I have complete confidence in your car’s abilities, by the way 🙂

  4. Jonas says:

    You do realize that I have money on Texas, right? So maybe it’s time to put some sugar into the gas tank 😉

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