I’ve lived in Oklahoma for a year now, almost two, and I think I’ve done pretty much all there is to do here. Oklahoma is so much different from New England. In New England, I like being able to drive 1-2 hours and be in another state; everything is so close together. Here, you drive 5+ hours and you’re still in the same state. Womp, womp. It’s ok, though. There are so many states surrounding Oklahoma that I’m dying to explore and so far, the drives have been worth it! Last summer, a friend and I roadtripped from Dallas to New Mexico. It was amazing and totally worth the 9 1/2 hour drive! Well, two weeks ago, after working 40 hours at my new job, I decided that a fun trip to visit a friend in Texas was well deserved! Unfortunately, the first check I was expecting from my new job, didn’t come in. “Oh hunny,” I said to my boyfriend, “can you please lend me the money to go to Texas? I’ll pay you back!” Needless to say, he wasn’t too thrilled, but he lent me the money. God bless him. I was so desperate to get out and losing my pride over not having money was the last thing I wanted to happen. P.s. I paid him back!!
Anyways, my journey the next morning began and nothing was going to get in the way of that! I hit the open road and felt so free. I love that feeling when you’re driving. I had music blasting, a beautiful change of scenery, and the feeling of liberation. No, I’m not trapped in Oklahoma or anything, but it had been so long since I’ve traveled…. and yes, 3 months is a LONG time for me! 3 1/2 hours later, I arrived at my friend’s house and from there, we drove another 3 1/2 hours to San Antonio, but not before stopping in a little town in Texas called, Fredericksburg. Fredericksburg is known as a “little Germany,” hence the name. They serve many German foods, such as, bratwurst…. ok, that’s the only one I know, but I know they serve more than that! Had I known I would be blogging this, I would have done more research! Well, 1 hour (4 hours for me) of driving , equalled two very hungry ladies. We stopped at a little outdoor restaurant where we ordered burgers and bratwurst. They were amazing, but soooo filling! After devouring our delicious food and exploring the rest of the shops, we drove the last 2 1/2 hours to San Antonio. The weather was warm, but it was cloudy. However, rain or shine, I always make the most of my adventures! On our drive, we passed many open fields and ranches. I was so happy to see all the greenery there was in Texas. The state was bursting with colors from all the flowers in bloom! When we arrived in San Antonio, my friend and I met up with her cousin and his girlfriend at a cute Mexican restaurant. Still full from our lunch, my friend and I indulged in margaritas. “Keep them coming, please!” After that, we set foot towards the Alamo. Now, I’ve never been to San Antonio, but my friend has and, there, is where her cousin lives. So the three of them played tour guides and I played tourist. I always say that it’s better when you know someone who knows their way around a place that is new to you. It proceeded to get dark out, but it was wonderful to see the nightlife in San Antonio! Unfortunately, these pictures don’t do it justice, but you get the idea. To end the night, we continued back along the river walk and stopped at a restaurant, where we enjoyed music, more margaritas and chips and salsa. We talked, we laughed, and took in the warm spring breeze and sounds of music and people. I couldn’t believe how many restaurants sit along the river; it’s amazing! It’s definitely not somewhere you can get bored. My friend and her cousin were saying that there is ALWAYS something going on in San Antonio and rain or shine, people are always walking along the river.
The next morning, we enjoyed a nice breakfast at my friend’s cousin’s house. See, this is what I mean; it’s nice to know someone who is from the area new to you because then you have a place to stay and can avoid paying for hotels! A cup of coffee and piece of cake later, my friend and I drove to the river and parked so we could begin our walk along it. For miles, I swooned over the gorgeous houses sitting along the river. There wasn’t one part of the riverwalk that wasn’t breathtaking! The architecture was stunning and the smell of all the flowers in bloom were absolutely heavenly. We really didn’t have a particular destination in mind; we just wanted to walk along the river. It was a beautiful 70 degree day accompanied with a warm, fresh breeze. In certain parts, the riverwalk was flooded with a sea of people, but it didn’t feel congested or anything. I always enjoy people watching when I travel. You might recognize some of these parts of the riverwalk if you’ve ever looked on Google images. I know I did. For instance, the picture above of the restaurant with the colorful umbrellas. I recognized it from pictures I had seen on the Internet. We stopped for lunch at a restaurant across from there. One of the many things I loved about the river walk, were all the outdoor restaurants! There’s nothing I love more than enjoying a nice meal outside when the weather is gorgeous! After our lunch, we continued our walk. We walked about another hour before heading back to the car and heading home.