Our blog is to keep family and friends informed of our motorhome journeys.
We have dreamed of this for many years and finally our dream has come true.
We are looking forward to many happy miles ahead.
One's destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things. Henry Miller.

Friday, October 11, 2019

Anniversary Dinner on Riverwalk at Paesano's

10 October 2019

For our Anniversary we decided to have dinner at Paesano's on the Riverwalk. We used to dine at the original location on McCullough that is now closed. They have 3 locations in San Antonio and noted for their Eggplant, Shrimp Paesano and fine wines. The food is excellent and the service very attentive. Well worth the cost. The first restaurant opened in 1965.

Walk Along the River




John had the eggplant and caesar salad and I several Bloody Mary's and Crab Stuffed Salmon and for appetizer Paesano Shrimp in a very delicious cream sauce.

Crab Stuffed Salmon

Eggplant


We always enjoy walking along the river and walked over to the Courthouse so John could get photo for his website. Noticed no homeless areas and felt safe on our downtown walk. The Riverwalk has many restaurants for all types of palates. We parked in the Rivermall lot across from the Convention Center..easy access to the Riverwalk.

Tour Boat on River

One of Many Restaurants

St Joseph's Church

Bexar County Courthouse


Tomorrow cooler weather and rain in the forecast with gale force winds. A welcome relief from the heat.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Fort McIntosh and Cricket Infestation

09 October 2019

Today we drove the 150 miles to Laredo in order to visit Fort McIntosh located on the campus of Laredo Community College.





Many of the original buildings have been repurposed and restored including the officer's quarters, NCO barracks, enlisted barracks, mess hall, Commander's Home which is now the College President's Home, Commissary, Exchange, Bakery, Hospital and Exchange.

Bakery

Barracks

Commissary

Company Sergeants Quarters

Commander's Home Now College President Home


Guardhouse

Mess Hall

NCO Housing

Officer Housing

Officer Duplex

Hospital

Theatre

Storehouse

Exchange


Hospital

Officer Duplex


Fort McIntosh existed for almost 100 years and served as a fort on the Rio Grande to police the area after the Mexican War, to defend settlers from the Apache and Comanche hostility,taken over by the Confederates during the Civil War, reoccupied in 1865 by Federalists troops, in the late 19th century several African American troops  were stationed here and during WWI and WWII the fort served as a training base until it was deactivated in 1946.

Yesterday we went to Best Buy to purchase a new Whitings BP and couldn't believe the infestation Crickets in the shopping area and in the store. Seems San Antonio  and Austin experience this every year. I can relate to the infestation in Austin when I managed a travel agency with an outside entrance in the Mall. They were on the ceiling, walls and floor. Had never seen this before. A tedious project getting them out with the help of vacuum sweeper. They are drawn to lighted areas. Each night would duct tape the doors when leaving and this seem to help.




Sunday, October 6, 2019

Visit with Sandy and Family Over for Dinner

04-05 October 2019

When ever we come to San Antonio we always make it a point to visit with Sandy who lives in Ingram. It has been two years since Charlie passed away..they were married for 60years. Charlie was John's boss at Randolph and he and Sandy hosted an annual barbeque at their ranch for old friends in the military. Sandy who is John's age (82) looks fabulous. She took us to lunch at Trio in Ingram... very good soup and sandwiches. See you again in December 2020. Thanks again for lunch and a wonderful visit.



05 October 2019

HAPPY 16TH BIRTHDAY GRANDSON, COLT. SEEMS LIKE YESTERDAY WE HELD YOU AFTER YOU WERE BORN. YOU HAVE GROWN INTO A HANDSOME, RESPONSIBLE PERSON AND WE WISH YOU ALL THE BEST IN THE YEARS TO COME.

With Colt 05 Oct 2003

Handsome Grandson 2019


Later in the day Eric and family along with Cindy's Dad came for dinner. I fixed stuffed salmon, spiral squash, asparagus, salad and for dessert Gelato and chocolate  chip cookies. John tried to give Oscar to Parker, but she felt he belonged with us. It was a nice visit. Cindy's Dad, Jim lives in Round Rock.

John, Jim,Parker, Eric & Cindy

Parker and Oscar


We were going to eat outside, but the weather is still hot and humid and the afternoon sun shines on right side. Oh yes, Parker does not eat salmon so I fixed her spaghetti.



Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Visit with Son, Eric and Friends, Rocky & Loretta

28 September-01 October 2019

Today we met Eric at the Pass and Visitor Gate on Winfield Scott at the Walters Gate to get him a month access pass. We then came back for dinner here and visit. It was so good seeing him again as it has been 2 years since we were last here. Cindy and Parker were on a weekend Church Retreat..sorry to have missed them, but will have several visits during our month here.

29 September 2019

We met Eric at San Pedro Presbyterian Church where they have been members since 2000 and he is an Elder for services. The family is very active in the church doing mission, volunteer work and many other activities. As we were waiting for him, many of the members greeted us and asked if they could be of help and of course they all knew the family. After seated in the pew, the pastor and other church members greeted us. Pastor Calvin has been there 30 years and is a retired Colonel in the Reserves. He invites the children up before the sermon for a chit chat. Today it was about whether or not they wanted to look into the future. His sermon to which I gave full attention and interest was about shedding all the negative aspects of our life. He is most personable and interesting.

After Church we went to Chuy's for lunch and back to Eric's to wait arrival of Cindy and Parker for  a brief visit. Their schedules are busy so we will probably only see them on weekends.

With Eric at Chuy's


When we returned to campground, had our last visit with Gloria & Jim before their departure tomorrow. Got so involved in conversation before we realized it was 7PM so we opted to go to IN N OUT for a quick dinner.

01 October 2019

When getting in the car noticed it had a Flat on the rear driver's side. John tried to inflate it, but to no avail. He found a metal pin object that had penetrated the tire with 2 holes.
Not drivable, so since we were awaiting the arrival of our good friends from Helena to arrive for lunch, we put the tire situation on hold. Will finish story later.

Cause of Trouble


We last saw Rocky and Loretta on our trip last summer thru Montana while in Missoula. They had driven down to San Antonio to visit with daughter and her family via car not motorhome.
We had lunch at Cracker Barrel and Rocky drove. We always enjoy our visits with them as they have so many interesting stories to relate. Thank you for the bottle of Merlot and the canned chicken which will be good when the weather cools and I make soup. After the car ordeal, had two glasses of the Merlot. Also thank you for your friendship. Keep in touch and safe driving..til we meet again.

With Loretta & Rocky


To finish the story, John called USAA for a tow truck to take the car over to the Base Firestone Auto
Repair one issue being base access since we could not escort the tow truck..gates too far from campground. USAA came through and found a company that has access and they were here within the hour. Long and short of it, ended up getting 4 new tires..Bridgestone. Seems if one tire goes bad on these new cars,you have to replace all of them. Fortunately, they did the replacement and John was back by 7PM.

Tomorrow is errand day at Exchange and Commissary. We may look into a company that does Vinyl Wrap on the areas that are clear coat peeling. A less expensive cost than a repaint. Our neighbor suggested this.