Buses, Planes, and Automobiles… and some sun, too!

We gathered at the American Airlines counter at the Indianapolis International Airport this morning at ~6am excited for our trip to the Texas Borderlands! I am not a light packer so I arrived at the airport with some anxiety that my suitcase would be over 50 lbs. I walked into the airport and saw Erica, Angela, and Rachel standing there with their suitcases looking much less full than mine! Just another indication that I need to work on my packing skills. Anyway, my suitcase ended up only being 33 lbs, which I was pleasantly surprised by and very relieved!

Our group ready for our tri to Texas!
Our group ready for our trip to Texas!

We quickly checked our bags, went through security at a relatively rapid pace, and then headed to the coffee shop to fuel ourselves for our full day of travel. We had two flights, one from Indy to the Dallas Fort-Worth airport and a second from DFW to San Antonio. Both flights went extremely smoothly with no delays. That was certainly welcome! After arriving in San Antonio, we headed to the rental car place. We got our van and played a quick game of Jenga trying to fit our full suitcases in the back of the van. After we were loaded up, we went to lunch at Moses Roses in San Antonio, just down the street from the Alamo, which was our next stop. Moses Roses was delicious! Several of us ordered some type of Brisket, and everyone seemed to enjoy their meals. After lunch, we walked around the Alamo. It is a beautiful place with so many cacti and palm trees. Of course we had to stop to take some pictures with the awesome plants along the way!

A quick picture in front of a beautiful Prickly Pear Cactus!
A quick picture in front of a beautiful Prickly Pear Cactus!

After walking around the Alamo, we walked through part of the River Walk. We saw lots of tour boats, which had beautiful designs on them. The River Walk has many beautiful waterfalls as well, and lots of palm trees and cacti!

It was a beautiful day on the river!
It was a beautiful day on the river!

The Alamo and River Walk allowed us some time in the sun and heat and after the River Walk, we were all ready for a cool drink. We headed to our van to make the ~3hr drive to Falfurrias, Texas and made a stop along the way for some water and a bathroom break. It was so neat to drive along Highway 281, which runs all the way from Canada to Brownsville, TX, which is just a shot away from the Mexico border.

Hwy 281 Sign
Hwy 281 Sign

The drive went very smoothly and the scenery was beautiful along the way!

It was a beautiful drive down Hwy 281.
It was a beautiful drive down Hwy 281.

We arrived at our hotel at about 6:30pm and unpacked the van. We then took a quick trip to HEB to gather items needed for our lunches for the next couple of days. I love HEB and so I definitely enjoyed our shopping trip. After HEB, we grabbed some delicious tacos from the gas station next to our hotel. I have heard about these gas station tacos from Leann, Erica, and Jessica before and was very excited to try them! They lived up to all my expectations and were definitely delicious!

After a full day of travel, I think we all feel like Eleanor!

Sweet Eleanor, asleep in her stroller!
Sweet Eleanor, asleep in her stroller!

Tomorrow marks the first day of our work here in Falfurrias, Texas and I think it is safe to say we are all so excited for the work to begin!

Haley

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