A San Antonio Travelogue: Food, Music, More Food, More Music

Last weekend we met friends in San Antonio and spent a few days enjoying some quite varied activities and events in that amazing city. If you haven’t been to SA before, or if your exposure has been limited to the often frantic and always touristy downtown portion of the Riverwalk, the following is a sort… Continue reading A San Antonio Travelogue: Food, Music, More Food, More Music

A Pleasant (and Sometimes Challenging) Interlude on South Padre Island

Debbie and I recently returned from a very enjoyable and occasionally adventuresome stay on South Padre Island with our good friends Sam and Trish. Their house is mere yards from Lower Laguna Madre (aka “the Bay”) which bounds the island on the west side, and an easy walk from the Gulf of Mexico (aka “the Gulf”… Continue reading A Pleasant (and Sometimes Challenging) Interlude on South Padre Island

2014 Vacation Report (Vol 1) – A cruise around Coronado

We recently returned from a vacation stay at Coronado, California (with an extended stopover at Las Vegas, but that’s another story for another time). This was our fourth visit to Coronado, and we seem to be getting better with practice. We stayed at the 1906 Lodge, a 17-room bed-and-breakfast named not for its address (which… Continue reading 2014 Vacation Report (Vol 1) – A cruise around Coronado

The Bedraggled Savannah Tour

We left Palmetto Bay (which I’ve written about here and here) to make a day trip to Savannah, which is about twenty miles away, although it drives much longer. (Seriously, South Carolina…60 mph on your interstates? We have school zones in Texas faster than that.) OTOH, they do have some impressive bridges. Savannah drips with… Continue reading The Bedraggled Savannah Tour

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Animal Life in the South Carolina Lowcountry

[We continue our vacation report from South Carolina. Here’s part one.] One of the most enjoyable aspects of Palmetto Bluff was the diversity of flora and fauna. I’m not much of a botanist, but the coastal pine forest, gigantic live oaks festooned with Spanish moss, and comic-book-sized magnolia trees bordered on awe-inspiring. It was the… Continue reading Animal Life in the South Carolina Lowcountry