We just got back from a crazy trip to San Antonio and Austin. We skipped Minnesota this year because the idea of a 2,000 mile round trip with a 5 month old just didn’t sound like fun times. Instead we opted for the 1,000 mile road trip to a much hotter destination. Our logic is sound!
The first couple days we sweated around the Riverwalk. We stayed at the Menger hotel which was pretty cool because it had a lot of history. For example, Roosevelt used to recruit rough riders in the bar in the lobby. It was also nice because it was within walking distance to everything we wanted to do downtown. The Alamo was right next door so we dragged the boys through there. It’s hard to explain to a 6 and 4 year old the war and slaughter that took place there. We talked about the Alamo before we went, and they were pretty sure a big fight was going to be going down when we got there. They were a little sad when they realized they were about 200 years late.
The highlight of downtown for me was the food (Shocking, I know). We had breakfast at Lulu’s which included this 3lb cinnamon roll. Charlene for size.
We also went to Schilo’s where we had some delicious Reubens, split pea soup, and home made root beer. I highly recommend those two places if you find yourself hungry in downtown SA.
After the Riverwalk we had two days at Sea World. The first day we did a lot of shows and checked out all the animals. We did as many rides as we could, but Eli was a tad short for the roller coasters. Beau was tall enough, but he wasn’t so sure about the rides. It took some serious convincing to get him on the big rides. He may take after his dad when it comes to the thrill seeking department. Eli loved all the rides, but as you can see we were not too excited about the waiting in line.
I think I must have ignored a lot of the cooler parts of Sea World during my previous visits when I was more concerned with riding the same two roller coasters over and over. The animal exhibits are pretty cool! We were sure to avoid the blackfish movie before our trip, so the shows and exhibits were pretty enjoyable.
Turns out you can’t just walk up and feed the dolphins anymore which was a tad disappointing since I had been talking up this part of the park. Eli lets me know his first day at Sea World was awesome except for the part where we didn’t get to feed the dolphins. Well good thing we’re going for two days! I was able to reserve our dolphin feeding for the next day, so the dolphin feeding promise was fulfilled.
Gingy and Granddad came with us to SA, and it was a lifesaver having them there to help with Mira! Never leave the house without awesome parents to help you out with your babies.
Day two was spent at Aquatica which is the water park in Sea World. The rides were great, and I only almost drowned Eli once. He spent some quality time trapped under our tube at the end of a slide, and then he was happy to tell Charlene and Beau when they got down “I drowned that time!”. That kid is hardcore though and he was ready to do every ride in the park.
Mira was really happy that we invested in a private cabana for our day at Aquatica. When you see the price tag for a cabana, you are going to think we’re crazy for pulling the trigger on that, but it was totally worth it. It gave Mira a shaded place with a fan to nap, eat, and then nap some more. It was right on the pool edge so the boys could play nonstop. They also brought you lunch and stocked a fridge with water. If I ever go to back with a tiny baby (slim to no chance), then I’ll definitely be going with the private cabana again.
After fun times in SA, we headed north to Austin to see my bro’s family and hangout with old friends. We had a cookout where I got to see a lot of old Austin friends. It was kind of mind blowing to see how old all the kids had gotten since we left Austin. This was our first trip back, so I think it had been four years since we had seen anybody.
We definitely missed our two weeks of cousin time in MN. It was hard to try and pack all that in to a couple days in Austin. Gracie was very excited about her new cousin Mira though. She would gladly play with Mira instead of those crazy boys.
The trip went better than expected and I’m pretty sure everybody had a great time. I was afraid Mira or the boys were going to get exhausted and the meltdowns would begin, but everybody pretty much held it together.
Mira seemed confused and I like to think she questioned her life every time she woke up in a new location. Once she got her bearings, she was all smiles as long as Mommy was there!