Monday, September 7, 2009

Mystery Road Trip

We've had a camping trip planned for a couple of weeks now to get away for a bit during the long Labor Day weekend. We went to Koyote Ranch back in July for the 4th but one of our "couple" friends couldn't make it because it was a pretty last minute trip. So, this was going to be a do-over so all three couples could go. However, Jennifer and Cayman couldn't go this time either. Jennifer has her Series 63 or 6 or one of those investment test coming up VERY SOON and she is the most responsible out of us :) and knew she needed to stay behind because she only had a few more days to hit the books. So, Friday came, the day before we were due to head out to Medina, and we went to dinner with the other "couple" friend, Billy and Stephanie. Towards the end of dinner I said, "I am not really feeling this camping idea anymore." And, one by one the other three at the table all said the same thing. But, we knew we wanted to do something!! Thus, the idea of Mystery Road Trip...
Someone came up with the idea of taking a road trip. But, to where? We all started talking about ideas and decided why not throw each of our ideas into a hat and head on out. Here were the Road Trip Rules we came up with:
1. It has to be within a 350 mile radius of Boerne/San Antonio
2. No complaining or whining if your idea doesn't get picked...there's always next year
That's it just two simple rules.
We decided we'd meet at 12 noon at Billy and Stepanie's house, with everything packed and ready to go. We threw our ideas into one of Billy's hats and Blake picked the "winner." Before I reveal who won, here are the ideas we came up with...

Holly: Marfa, TX. Labor day weekend is the annual Marfa Lights Festiva and we could also visit Balmorhea, TX (with a huge 2 acre pool, I've always wanted to see it) and the McDonald observatory (another place I've always wanted to visit) which are both only 45 minutes from Marfa.
Blake: College Station to eat at Cenare's (The best Italian restaurant...anywhere!) then cold beer at the Dixie Chicken, then on to Bastrop to the pine forrest.
Stephanie: Corpus Christi to visit the Lexington, Aquarium and beach
Billy: Houston to see an Astros game and a visit to the Johnson Space Center.



It was a lot of fun. We got into Houston around 5:30, checked into the hotel, and then headed to the ballpark. Of course every road trip has it's ups and downs and the first "snag" was when we checked into the room and only saw it had one bed. When I made the reservation, right before we left Billy and Stephanie's house, I chose the "Standard Room" because the only other choice was "King Room" so I assumed a "Standard Room" was one with two beds. There wasn't a choice for a room with two Queens. Well, we got everything fixed at the front desk and got a room with two beds.

At the game Stephanie's friend who lives in Houston came to meet us and told us about the bars across the street. After the game we went and had some cold beers and celebrated the win!

The next morning we woke up ready to visit Johnson Space Center but started looking at maps and it was about 30 minutes from where we were at and also the price wasn't cheap and both of us couples spent way more than we had planned...we originally planned to go camping, remember?! :) So, we nixed that idea and headed to the next best place. IKEA! :) We had a fun time but now that Blake's been he is NEVER going again. I'm not sure if you've ever been to Ikea, but once you are in, you are in and you aren't leaving until you follow the arrows through the entire store! There's no turning back. You enter the store, go up the escalators and you literally have to see everything in the store to get out! But, it's all fun, pretty in-expensive home stuff. I want to go back but I'll probably just order out of the catalog or from online.

After our trip to Ikea we stopped into a Kountry Kitchen Buffet that was in the parking lot thinking it was going to be a Golden Corral type restaurant. But, when we went in it was actually a Mexican food buffet. What could be better?! Some of the food was different but it was a fun experience too.

Then, we headed home. :) It was a good weekend.

Enjoy the pics...Us, in our "rally caps" They must work! The Astros won!

Pictcher for the 'stros

Shot of the field

The cute train, filled with what else but, ORANGES (Minute Maid Stadium), that actually "drove" across the track up there at the beginning of the game.

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