Archive | March, 2012

Day 72 – San Antonio, Texas – Caverns

30 Mar

Luis has always wanted to go down into a cavern since a young age.  While I was researching what to do while in San Antonio, three caverns came up; Cascade Caverns, The Cave Without a Name, and Natural Bridge Caverns.  Texas has thousands of caves throughout the state, but I believe only 7 caverns are open to the public.  The Cave Without a Name was a little further than we wanted to drive so, our decision was between Cascade Caverns and Natural Bridge Caverns.  We decided to explore the Natural Bridge Caverns since it was deeper, even though Cascade Caverns is the only cave with a 100 foot waterfall.  It was a hard decision.  I am not worried about missing out on the waterfall cavern since it is possible that we will be living in Texas when Luis is finished with school, and I plan (added to my bucket list) on visiting all 7 caverns.






The temperature of the cave was 70 degrees, but the humidity was 99% so, it felt a lot warmer.  My camera didn’t like the humidity.  Some photos came out good while others are blah.




Yep, that’s us wearing sweaters and jackets with 99% humidity.  When we reached the outside, I was drenched in sweat.  Sexy, isn’t it?


This last area was really neat, and the point where my camera told me it had enough.  The cavern opened up to the Hall of the Mountain King, which was a huge dome.  The dome is created by many layers of the ceilings collapsing over the years.  In the picture Luis is standing near the overlook that looks down into the cavern, about 130 feet deep.  As you can see, I did not get anywhere near the edge of the overlook haha.  Still afraid of heights, even below the ground.

The tour was about an hour long, and I enjoyed it more than I thought I would.  I am looking forward to exploring another cavern and maybe do something a little more thrilling like a tour that includes hiking, crawling, and repelling!

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Day 71 – San Antonio, Texas – Riverwalk

29 Mar

Before leaving to Miami, Luis and I spent a weekend along the River Walk in San Antonio.

I have to tell you now, I did not take any photos while in Miami.  I didn’t even bring a camera, and I only went online twice.  My Miami visit was just for family.  Considering the reason for the visit, I had a great time.  I felt needed.  I was able to cook everyday, relax, watch a few movies I had never seen before, play with kitties, and most importantly be with my aunt.

A few people had told me that I was an “amazing person” for going home.  Thank-you for the nice compliments, but to me, I found it odd.  I was raised by a women who took care of family most of her life.  She was a women who stepped in to take care of her parents when they couldn’t take care of themselves any longer. When my mother wasn’t able to take care of me, she became my guardian.  If someone in the family needed money, she gave it to them.  She was always giving family gifts or trips, and it wasn’t until I turned 18 that she finally did something for herself.  She retired and spent the rest of her short lived years doing what made her happy, playing in her garden and cooking.  I learned from a young age to help family any way you can.  So, for me, when a family member needed some extra hands I knew I could be that person.  Especially for my aunt Kathy, she had a hand in raising me as well.  I love you.  I am thankful for this time in my life.  Not working a 9 – 5 job that allowed me to take off to Miami last minute, having money in bank for my flight tickets, and a loving husband who didn’t mind missing a few home cooked meals.

Okay, sorry.  I don’t mean any harm.  I appreciate all positivity, but I felt like I needed to explain what type of person I am.

 Back to San Antonio.

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No trip to San Antonio is complete without a visit to The Alamo.  It was a nice visit.  Mostly because it is free, and the line moved pretty quick.  Sadly, I did not learn anything though.  Instead I Googled the history of The Alamo later that night at our hotel.

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It was a nice day, the sun was out!  Good to know that the sun shines in San Antonio!

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We took a river cruise and learned a few things that we would have never known about the River Walk if it wasn’t for our guide.  That’s him with the hat and blue shirt, almost the same uniform as the people who work at Best Buy.  He had lots of jokes, corny jokes, and he liked to say hello to people walking by the river, then make fun of them if they didn’t say hi back.  I thought he was funny, but Luis just rolled his eyes.  Then again, Luis is hard to please.

 Isn’t that kid ‘s sun glasses funny?

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The friendship statue.

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Something neat our guide told us about as we passed under this bridge, that bats lived in it.  At first, Luis and I thought it was a lie, but since  Luis loves bats, around dusk we sat on the bridge and waited for the bats.  The bridge isn’t inhabited with as many bats as Austin, just a small family/colony.  We loved watching them fly over people, and dive beneath the bridge.  Every now and then I would look at the people, and no one knew bats were flying just a few feet above their heads.

I really enjoyed the architecture and details around the River Walk.  My uncle Danny told us he had visited san Antonio’s River Walk when he was younger.  He was about 17 and the waterway was empty, and hardly anything around it.  Pretty neat.

Before heading back to Houston, we stopped and explored a cavern, 180 feet deep!  I have never been in one, nor have I ever had the thought to go down into one.

Until the next post!

Day 70 – Heading to San Antonio, Texas

28 Mar

Happy belated first day of spring!





On our way to San Antonio a few weeks ago, the highway was blanketed with flowers.  So, of course, I had to pull over on the highway and snap a few very quick photos.

  A real post of our San Antonio trip coming soon.  Until then, here is a little peak.

Day 64 – Kemah, Texas – Sewing Project # 2

12 Mar

I was able to sick to my goal and complete my first little girl dress.

I am pretty happy with it.

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I played around with one of the embroidery settings on my sewing machine to add an extra dash of cute and playful to the dress.  I think it looks like a vine with leaves.

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Of course, I had to add something heart shaped to the dress. It wouldn’t be me if I didn’t.  I hand sewed metal heart buttons which look like they have a design of vines and leaves just like the stitching I added to the trim.

I am excited to start the second dress as the fabric is bright, colorful, and completely perfect for spring.  I will hopefully be able to tackle it soon while I still feel comfortable with my sewing machine.

My other accomplishment this weekend was homemade guava pastelitos.  I miss cuban food, and these were able to curve my craving.  These are quick and simple.   Defrost puff pastry, and cut into triangles.  Add guava paste (I use the brand Goya) to the center.  Fold into triangle.  Brush egg wash to the tops, and sprinkle with sugar.  Bake at 360 for about 18-25 mins, until golden brown.  Some like to bake at 400, but I prefer a lower temp setting so that every layer is baked  completely and it doesn’t brown/color too quickly.

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Next time I think I will make some with cream cheese and guava, or maybe just the cheese.  Either way, it will be delicious.

Day 55 – Kemah, Texas – Sewing Projects

8 Mar

Last weekend I pulled out my sewing machine for a small project.

I have never used a sewing machine, been behind a sewing machine, or touched a sewing machine.

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I stuffed the top heart with cotton for a raised heart look, and for extra cushion to push my pins into.

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To get the feel of the power from the sewing machine, and to learn how to stitch the trim, I made a heart shaped pin cushion.   I made three pin cushions to be exact.  The picture above is from the best looking one.  I am slowly learning.

I also played around with all the different stitch designs with an extra square piece of fabric, which took up most of my time.  So many different design possibilities.

My next project is a girl’s dress!  I am still staring at the pieces wondering when I will get the motivation to complete it.  I now understand other bloggers who write about their new craft of sewing, and how they have a love hate relationship with it.

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Maybe by this weekend I will be able to finish it…

Or maybe I will have to wait till we go back to Atlanta and enroll in sewing classes at Georgia Tech for the summer.