Strolling Through Cow Town
These great planters are outside Riskey's Steak House. This Century Plan is only a few years old and has a really long time before it will see it's first (and only) bloom!
San Antonio has been a favorite vacation spot for many years. We began taking Jeffrey there when he was just a youngster - maybe 7 or 8 years old. At the time, we were excited to find an amusement park that adults could enjoy (rides) and the kids also liked (character and music shows); and it was within reasonable driving disance. All through the years, Six Flags Fiesta Texas has met the mark. Even after they were no longer owned by Gaylord/Opery Land, they maintained top quality music shows with really amazing talent.
When we began planning our trip for Jeff, we were excited to also include our sister, and new Okie, Terry! Terry just moved to OKC in November having lived in New York for the past 40 plus years. So, we have been having a blast sharing our Oklahoma with her. Now we had the opportunity to also share one of our favorite vacation spots - even though it is in Texas. I always have to remind Cynde that the area of southwest Oklahoma where we grew up was originally a part of Texas - that seems to help to soften the blow of Texas as a vacation
Barney on the Road
Whoever invented wireless internet.....Thank You!
It was early this morning that we packed the car, picked up Terry, and headed south. Cynde had in her mind that Brown's donuts would be for breakfast - she didn't realize that it was Sunday morning and Brown's would be closed. She was content, as were the rest of us, to hold out for fried pies down at the Arbuckles. I think that we got one of each of the fruit pies. Some were sugar free and some weren't. They were all good!
By noon, we were nearing Fort Worth which meant lunch at Riskey's. Yum, BBQ! You would think that after BBQ on the 4th AND two days of leftovers, that no one would want more BBQ. Well, you would be 75% correct. Cynde and Terry had salads, Jeff had corn dogs, but I had to have the ribs. How can anyone pass up All You Can Eat Ribs for $9.95?? It would simply be un-American! We walked around Cow Town for a couple of hours, just to make sure Terry got a good "taste" of the local flavor.
Back on the road by 2:30, we were headed to Austin - the weird capital
Great bar with great music. I think that this is the first bar that Jeffrey has ever been in. He loved it, although it was only a Diet Coke that floated the cherry in his drink!
city of Texas, and the music capital for the red dirt scene. After a quick check in and rest, we headed down to 6th Street - music row of Texas. We walked and looked and listened, then walked some more! Everywhere we turned, we were greeted with live, local music. It was great! If you know Jeff, you can just imagine that he was rocking out!
We settled for dinner at an Irish Pub. It was fantastic - complete with good beer and corned beef. As we were finishing dinner, a small band began on stage delivering authentic Irish pub music! You could tell that the band was a group of friends who enjoyed getting together to play music and drink a little beer.
Since we only were able to explore the north side of 6th Street on the way to dinner, we headed to the south side and made our way toward the east end of the street. Again, music was flowing freely. We decided on a great piano bar where two guys were pounding the ivory in a grueling duel of musical wits. It seemed that every song they belted out was one that was familiar
Don't Shoot the Piano Player
This guy was really good. He seemed to know every song - even Gin and Juice!
to all in the bar. One young lady was celebrating her birthday, so the piano players brought her to the stage only to embarrass her sufficiently. We all rocked out until Jeffrey reminded us around 11 p.m. that we were heading to Gruen early in the morning and that we should call it a night!
The perfect ending to a great first day!
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