Yesterday evening we heard something that we haven't heard in a long, long time... children laughing and playing. It sure is nice to be back in a campground where everything isn't so structured. It was fun to see the kids playing in the pool, laughing and squealing without a care in the world. If only they knew...
We made it over to see the World's Largest Wooden Nickel. The crazy GPS took us to the wrong place first, and we saw about a hundred homeless people living under the interstate. That's pretty sad. Another check from another source and we got the right coordinates and off we went. This thing is 13' tall and is 2 sided. Here's one shot of it, the rest we took are in the Picture Gallery (see link in the right menu).
We made it safely to downtown San Antonio and back today. We were at the bus stop at 10:30am and paid $1.10 each to ride the 5 or so miles into town. We got off near the Riverwalk and started our grand tour. Jerry took his wheelchair as there is no way he could walk this much. We went to the Alamo first and saw the inside, outside and all the grounds around it. It was very neat, lots of history in this place. It wasn't disappointing at all if you realize beforehand that only a small portion of the original complex remains.
We strolled around a few streets looking at various old buildings and landmarks and snapped pictures all along the way. We went into the visitors center to figure out how to get the wheelchair down to the Riverwalk. They directed us across the street into the Hyatt Hotel who had an elevator. Thanks, Hyatt!
The Riverwalk is very nice! A relatively smooth path leads you all around, past hotels and restaurants and countless shops. You can take a boat ride if you want but we didn't feel it was worth the cost. Since this is a tourist destination, many things are overpriced including restaurants. When we got hungry, we started looking for something reasonable end ended up at Dick's Last Resort. This place is hilarious! The waiters are intentionally rude but in a funny way. Don't go if you are easily offended.
We ordered a burger and a BBQ sandwich with fries. We watched as a waiter tormented this one poor girl. She had a hat they made for her that said "Voted most popular by the football team." He took her phone and sent a text from it to the last person she had texted (she let him). She read it and they laughed hysterically. We looked around at some of the other hats they made for people... one college aged guy had one that said "I like prison shower hugs", another guy had one that said "I farted", a couple in their late 50s had hats... hers said "I am wearing granny panties because I can't find my thong" and his said "She lets me wear her thong". It was all in good fun UNTIL...
They walked up behind us and placed hats on our head. Jerry's said "Don't really need this chair, I'm just lazy" and Cynthia's said "Runner Up Miss America 1948". We both just died laughing. It was great fun and ended up being reasonably priced. When we got our check, I asked the waiter (who made our hats) what was the biggest tip he had ever gotten and he said $100. I told him I'd do better than that... we paid our bill and I said he could keep all the change for himself, $1,000,001.85. Yep, I gave him a $1M dollar bill. He laughed and said that was awesome. As always, all the pictures we took are in the Picture Gallery.