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North America » United States » Texas » San Antonio July 28th 2019

Although we travel a couple of times per year, trips to destinations in our own country have been more limited in the last several years. We had both wanted to visit the great State of Texas but somehow, we had always put off a visit there. And, while I had never been to the “Lone Star” state, as a young child Rick had been through the ‘panhandle’ with his parents when they took long driving trips every summer. Texas is famous for many things and places: being part of the ‘Wild West’; the famous Battle of the Alamo where the Texans fought for independence from Mexico; being the home of the notorious outlaws Bonnie & Clyde as well as the famous Texas Rangers who finally ended the pair’s robbery and murdering spree; vast oil fields; the ... read more
Hotel Valencia
San Fernando Cathedral Altar

North America » United States » Texas » San Antonio July 13th 2019

We woke this morning to sunny skies and calm winds, a great relief from yesterday, when the winds in Holly Beach were so strong it was difficult to close the car door. We left the hotel at 7:55 and 81 degrees and hopped right onto I-10, which was right outside the hotel. The first leg of our trip took us to Houston. Of course we passed the obligatory fuel plants along the way, one in particular looking like a monster of an erector set on steroids. And one gas plant had the biggest flame burning at the top of a chimney that I have ever seen…seems like a real waste of fuel, but I guess there is a purpose in this. And after checking the internet, the expert authority on everything (not), it seems that these ... read more
Natural gas plant
Houston skyline
Houston Skyline

North America » United States » Texas » San Antonio March 1st 2019

blog 03-01-19 The River Walk After the usual morning routine, I washed off the car just to get the worst of the dirt off. I sure felt better even though it's not "clean". Back to my favorite parking lot in town I found the entrance to the river walk after buying my tour ticket from the information center. There is a whole world down a flight of steps that is festive and colorful. There are shops, restaurants, colorful decorations and hoards of people in this secret little world. Oh, and a river. I found the line for the tour boat and after a short wait we boarded Harold's boat and our instructions if we fell overboard were to stand up and walk to the nearest shore, it's no deeper then 5 ft with a concrete bottom. ... read more
the path leading the way to the river
our tour guide

North America » United States » Texas » San Antonio February 28th 2019

blog 02-28-19 The Alamo The weather was cold and rainy this morning so we snuggled back in bed for a while. After our walk I did a few chores then decided to go into town to see the Alamo. It was about a 25 min trip and it took me that long again to figure out the one way streets and find a parking spot. It was one of those lots where you go to the kiask and buy the number of hrs you want. That accomplished I walked a block and found the Alamo. Right in the middle of town surrounded by big beautiful live oaks and walls that have all been reconstructed. I talked to people at the information center about the river cruise and where to park for that and how to get ... read more
about a 150 yr old live oak
doors to the Alamo
the museum and gift store

North America » United States » Texas » San Antonio February 27th 2019

blog 02-27-19 Heading to San Antonio There was a rude awakening for me this morning when I looked out the window and saw the tail lights on in my car. How did that happen! All I can think of is when I turned off the lights last night after the movie I must have hit the parking lights by mistake. I tried to start the car but of course there wasn't enough juice for that. Now what, I had to be in O'Connor about 35 min away to have the oil changed in my camper at 9 am and it was 7 am. I got the jumper cables from the trunk and the plan was to ask the campground people for a jump start when they came to work. Just then a car came by and ... read more
camper in the pecan grove and mud
spider web
there are deer in that fog

North America » United States » Texas » San Antonio July 5th 2018

We spent the day at Six Flags Fiesta Texas. We had a great time! It wasn’t as hot today as it was yesterday. We had a great time riding roller coasters and eating lots of junk food. The amusement park is set in an old rock quarry. It was a little different. The fireworks they had at the end of the day were surprisingly good. We were not expecting that. It was also interesting in that we got stuck for short periods of time on two different rides. Thankfully that didn’t last long, ... read more
stuck on the Pandamonium ride
Riding the train
waiting to ride the Gully Washer

North America » United States » Texas » San Antonio July 4th 2018

We had a wonderful day in San Antonio. We followed the Frommers half day walking tour. Our first stop was the Market Square. Then we walked to the Spanish Governors Palace. Next we went to San Fernando Cathedral. We spent several hours on the river walk. We rode the Rio Boat tour and had a great guide. Then we ate at the Original Mexican Restaurant on the River Walk. Finally we made it to the Alamo. It Was pretty crowded since it was 4th of July. It was also extremely hot! We shopped in the mall for a bit waiting for a large rain storm to pass by. It ended up taking too long so we ordered an Uber to take us back to our car. We drove to a Walmart and picked up 3 movies ... read more
4th of a July in Market Square
San Fernando Cathedral
inside the Cathedral

North America » United States » Texas » San Antonio June 14th 2018

Spent a very hot afternoon at the Botanical Gardens. There was a lot to see and they had some really great areas for kids. We ran out of time to see everything we’ll have to go back another day. ... read more

North America » United States » Texas » San Antonio May 13th 2018

Last week, Week 15, we had our Directed retreat and, consequently there was no blog post. Since then, however, there has been a flurry of activity. It seems that for this group the retreat was a highlight and an excellent way to bring together all that has been happening ‘on the inside’. I was delighted to be able to continue to work with Janet, my spiritual director these last four months. Before retreat began I was able to return hospitality to Germaine, Helen’s friend, for her kindness to me in SA. As Annette had to leave early it was good to share lunch with her as well. Being in Texas, lunch had to be at a Tex-Mex eatery! Another highlight this week was an invitation to meet the well-known and highly respected Marianist process theologian, Fr ... read more
Final dinner
Food Services Staff
Helga, Germaine (Helen's friend) and Annette

North America » United States » Texas » San Antonio April 30th 2018

Week 14 April 29 The weeks are ticking by fast and the end seems very near - not in any eschatological sense, but nevertheless in a very real way. We have had our final class, as well as our last faith sharing session and, on Monday, we will hear about ‘Life after Sabbatical’ (Jim Myers SSP). During the week we had another lecture from Bryan Silva (Addictions and the Celibate Life) and several from Rodolfo Luna on 1st Letter of John. Rodolfo is a layman, a scripture scholar, recently arrived from Peru. English is not his first language, but this did not stop him sharing interesting insights with us. Fiesta continues in full swing. Some joined in the activities downtown, such as the Battle of the Bands and the Street Parade, while others were content with ... read more
Transplanted oak tree at the Alamo
The Alamo - site of battle against Mexico
Easter decoration on nearby house

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