Saturday, February 04, 2006

San Antonio & New Braunfels, TX

We arrived in San Antonio quite late last night. Too late to do much except a quick jaunt down the River Walk and a drink at Casa Rio. We're staying right on the river at the Hilton Palacio Del Rio with a balcony that overlooks the river. Sweet.

Today we woke up early, walked over the the Alamo and did a quick tour. I think Steph was quite surprised how small it is. Having been there before as a kid I knew what to expect. I was thinking of doing like Ozzy and peeing on it, but decided that getting arrested would suck.

We then walked around town and did some shopping at La Villita and El Mercado before hopping in the car and heading out to New Braunfels to have a look around.

Speaking of the car, we had reserved a mid-size car at Enterprise. Cheap rate of $20/day, what a deal! We arrive at the lot and the employee tries to give us an SUV, of course that would also cost more in gas and fees, so we declined. I soon figured out why they wanted us in the SUV so bad. They were out of midsize cars so WE GOT A CONVERTIBLE! Yeah, its a P.O.S. Sebring that needs a brake job, but what the hell! It's 75 degrees F here today and we drove with the top down to and from New Braunfels, woohoo!

Anyway, in New Braunfels I stopped in a cigar shop for some cigars. We wound up spending an hour or so in there, smoking a cigar, drinking beers and hanging out with the cigar shop guys. Totally surreal experience, they just whipped out a few beers and started chatting with us. That was the only thing going on in town. Carl, who "works" there on the weekend -- work consisting of smoking cloves and cigars and drinking mass quantities of beer with his buddies -- gave us a $20 donation to our Hike for Discovery. Thanks Carl!

We're off for a night of eating, drinking and debauchery. I'll post more once I've downloaded some pictures and have additional tales to tell.

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