Thursday, February 19, 2015

vday/prez day weekend 2015

This past weekend was a Valentine's Day/Presidents' Day extravaganza. On Saturday after working a short shift, I came home to roses, Reeses eggs and a pretty bracelet. We had dinner at Bolsa and I had a delicious but much too small portion of sweet potato gnocchi with WILD BOAR meat. For dessert we had pie at Emporium Pies for the second V-day in a row.

Sunday morning we woke up early and left for a mysterious location. Preston only realized he had Prez Day off last Tuesday and decided we would take advantage of the long weekend and take a trip. He knows I like surprises and didn't tell me where we were going. Because I am also geographically clueless, we were three hours in before I guessed our destination- exotic San Antonio!
We made a few stops and the first was at Dinosaur Valley State Park. This place was a total LOLfest because I am convinced the "dinosaur tracks" were created by humans but Preston believes they're real. Either way we had a laugh looking for tracks and posing with life size fake dinos.
On the way to the park, there was a creation evidence museum and sadly it was closed (probably for the sabbath). Our second stop was my second favorite part of the trip- Enchanted Rock State Park. It's Texas's best try at mountains, and it's pretty neat. It got its name because Native Americans believed the creaks and moans caused by the rock expanding and contracting were enchanted spirits. Enchanted Rock was really beautiful and a fun active pit stop. It also made for some fantastic pics and vids.

Our final stop was in Fredericksburg, Texas which felt like what I imagine Stars Hollow is like. There were a ton of German restaurants and we had a late lunch of schnitzel and a meat and cheese platter.
We made it into San Antonio early Sunday evening and checked into the cutest/coolest hotel. It was called Hotel Havana and was located walking distance from the River Walk. It's great Cuban inspired decor, snacks and food made for a fun stay. 
We walked the River Walk and had Mexican food by the river and retired for the evening to watch SNL 40 and the NBA All Star game. Monday morning we ordered room service for breakfast and did one last walk before having another German meal.

After eating we visited two of the 3 famous San Antonio missions. We saw the Alamo inNovember on the way home from Corpus Christi. This time we toured Mission San Juan and Concepcion. The missions were impressively preserved and really gorgeous after all this time, so I can only imagine the sight they were in their prime. After seeing the missions, we made the longish drive back to Dallas stopping at the San Marcos outlets and Austin for the only falafel in Texas.

It was sad to come home as I had fallen in love with Hotel Havana. San Antonio is ok and you really don't need more than two or three days there, but I had fun eating out and exploring a new city. Thanks to my Valentine for a lovely surprise weekend.

Also big huge congrats to my little sister Alyanna who got engaged to her Valentine, Drew in New York City in Sunday. I am so excited for these two and can't wait to party in August!!!

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