Texas 2008

Me and AmberI just returned from a 5 day trip to Southern Texas on Sunday. I went down to visit a very good friend of mine, Amber Feist. It wasn’t at all what I expected of Texas and I was pleasantly surprised. For some reason I was picturing the dry scenery of Arizona which is a little silly being located right on the gulf coast.

Anyway, we spent the first day in Corpus Christi where Amber lives. We drove around a bit, hit the beaches and met up with some of her friends later for drinks. The following morning we headed down to South Padre Island. It’s a resort island resting in the Gulf of Mexico just up the coast from the Mexican border. It was absolutely amazing. Being that spring is still lingering in North Dakota and the weather hasn’t been the best, I thoroughly appreciated the 90-100 degree sunny days down in Texas.

The first thing we did after checking into our hotel was to find a guide to take us out parasailing. It was an awesome experience that I would recommend to everyone. I’ll post a picture when I get them. Afterwards we visited a couple of the bungalow-style watering holes and enjoyed the sun. We spent the next couple days checking out some of the shops and restaurants. On the last night we had dinner with some friends and Amber’s aunt. We ate at a sea food place where our table was at the end of a pier on the bay side. We had dinner as the sun set over the bay (that’s the picture I posted). As it became dark and we were having post-dinner drinks, the Friday night fireworks show started. It was really amazing.

The AlamoOn my last day we made the drive up to San Antonio. We had a fifth story room with an excellent view of downtown San Antonio. We walked around the River Walk area for awhile and then headed over to the Alamo. As they were shutting down in 15 minutes it was a short visit, but still impressive. Afterwards we headed back to the River Walk for dinner and drinks. It was a really fun area and very much a surprise as I knew nothing about it. All along the channel there are countless shops, restaurants and park-like areas with dense trees and vegetation. If I ever take Darian down there we’ll probably try the boat tour.

All in all it was an amazing trip and I hope to do it again some day. The weather was absolutely perfect. No matter where we went, it was always sunny and very warm. It was a little disappointing to step off the plane in Bismarck and find it in the low 60’s and overcast. I guess that’s why they call it vacation…

Side Note:  Any of you that know me may know that my daughter was on vacation with her mother in Tampa, FL at the same time I was in Texas.  Every day that she was down there she updated me on what she was doing and what they were planning to do.  She would send pictures of some of the places they went.  On Friday night, we exchanged pictures of the sun setting over the gulf/bay.  Can’t wait to see her tonight and trade stories.

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June 3, 2008 at 7:14 pm 1 comment

Hello All

Welcome to my little dark alley on the world wide web.  As Dave has been harassing me, I thought I should post a little something.  I’m not sure how often content will be added but we’ll see how it goes.  As I just got back from an amazing trip to South Padre Island and San Antonio, TX, I actually have something to write about. 

I’m still playing around with the tools and features included with this site.  My posts will probably look a little rough until I get things figured out. 

March 25, 2008 at 1:25 am 1 comment


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