Welcome to Girlfriend DAYCATION! I've told you I will be sharing on ALL types of travel because that's how I roll. I think I kind of made a funny there--roll--typically "rolling" a suitcase or "rolling" along the road on a day trip. WOW---I'm kind of blowing my own mind right now. Gotta take a breath and let my creative GENIUS just sink in for a minute. OK, I'm done.
So everyone, I'd like to introduce you to Wendy. She is one of my dearest friends and favorite people to trip with. She is my "Soul Sister". Besides being perfect personality matches, she is incredibly smart and inspires me to want to be a better person every day. Bonus--I get to be the GodMother to her equally amazing, smart, talented and absolutely BEAUTIFUL girls. When I say beautiful, I mean INSIDE and OUT. Not gonna go into too much detail on the girls because you'll learn about them more in a couple weeks when I feature "Family Staycation" in San Antonio. Yes, there will be pictures and these girls are STARS!
I was in desperate need of a girls day out (actually, let's just call it what it is-THERAPY). I am fully retired now (well, not anymore cuz I'm writing this blog) and so I am home alone during the day. If I'm not traveling or researching traveling, I can fall into a funk and just not feel like getting out of bed. I'm 49 so I think it's probably my friend MENOPAUSE causing this. Did I just say "friend". Whoa, hold on now. That is so NOT what menopause is to me. It's more like "Stealer/Destructor of Life". The reason I stay in bed some days could also just be due to the fact that we have a tempurpedic CLOUD (one of Oprahs favorite things) and it is entirely TOO comfortable. I Love it and it loves me back. I feel like I am starting to ramble and get off track here (another benefit of the "M" word) so let me reel myself back in. Since I love dancing and would love to insert a dance break (but I can't) I'm gonna do a "picture break" and give you some eye candy to break up the monotony of listening to me talk.
So one of the MANY benefits of living in San Antonio is its close proximity to other really cool places to go for the day or overnight. Bandera is one such place. It is only a 30 minute drive from the city and you are completely transported to a whole new world. (Did anybody just start singing "A whole new world, a new fantastic point of view...." from Aladdin?) Yeah, you did, I know it!
So our "plan" was to drive to Bandera, have lunch along the way, go to the Frontier Museum and then home. It was going to be a lovely day indeed. First up, lunch at a little italian place called "Pap's Italian Grill". It's located right before you get to the main street in Bandera.
I was very excited about our meal because I love Italian food and I love trying new (especially small, family owned, quaint) restaurants. We were the only ones there (it was about 3 in the afternoon) so we had the place to ourselves. It smelled heavenly when we walked in and I was hungry and ready to eat! The menu had a large selection of main items and also lunch specials. One of the first things that caught my eye was "cannelloni". When we lived in Italy, I would get this once a week and it was my favorite-next to pizza. I didn't need to look anymore, I knew what I was ordering. Wendy ordered the manicotti and suggested we share so we could each try both. Super idea! Our meal also included salad and rolls. Both of our entrees were absolutely delicious! Here's a snapshot to get your mouth watering:
The lovely lady inside told us we could enjoy it for the next 30 minutes and she would give us complimentary passes to return in the future. We thanked her and proceeded to ooh and ahhh over every single item in the 2 rooms that we did visit. Of course there is a mandatory photo shoot whenever you are with me so that took a few minutes as well. The museum is literally PACKED with old stuff. Such cool things that I had never heard of or seen in the past. We had a BLAST! Needless to say, we will be going back to finish the rest of the tour in a couple weeks. I would say to plan on an hour to an hour and a half (depending on how long you linger at specific items and if you are doing a photo shoot or not).
After leaving the Museum, I had to wander and take pictures (it's just what I do people). Wendy loves it as much as I do so we had a nice time just taking in our surroundings. We wandered across the street to the Courthouse and then the Library. I never pass up a Library when I am traveling. It is ALWAYS at the top of my list.
By now, it's getting close to 5:30 and Wendy wants to go check out the new clubhouse, cottages and pool at the property she owns here. Of course I am game! We decide that it would be awesome to see the sunset from there too so we do a SC (that's spouse check for those uninformed) and let our husbands know that we would be home a couple hours later than originally planned. I'm not sure if they were really excited about that but it's good for them to miss us a little bit :-)
As we are heading to the property, we pass several deer on the side of the road. Of course, we must pull over and take pictures.
So, once again, I feel as though this blog is turning into a novel (and this is only an afternoon outing, what am I going to do when I write about an amazing 2 week trip with my Best Friend from High School, her Mom and my Aunt). Jeepers, I am gonna have to figure out a way to edit, condense, SOMETHING. I don't want to lose my audience before I even get them! So, the rest of the day will be presented in a pictorial of sorts. Enjoy!