|Looking down the steps in the cavern|
|Views from our trip to the cavern|
|Mike posing with a sign........|
|and the sign says....bat guano!! That's bat poop!!!!|
We had just enough time to take some back roads from the caverns to a town called Bulverde, to the Tejas Rodeo. It was out in the middle of nowhere, just a small town rodeo, not a tourist thing. Pam and I felt out of place because we didn't have our cowboy hats and boots on, nor our blue jeans and belts with huge belt buckles. They had some great Texan food, however, and we had a good meal before going into the show. After the rodeo a band was playing country music. Everyone came out to do the Texas Two Step. That's slow-slow-quick-quick-slow, with lots of crazy spins and some flips. Lots of the younger kids were really good at it. Needless to say, I wasn't in a dancing mood. Have I ever been? Nope.
The rodeo started out with a drill team of ten horses with lots of Texas and USA flags. The best and most fun event may have been the muttonbusters, four to six year olds who's parents let them put on a helmet and ride a sheep bareback until the sheep threw them off. Some hit the ground and bounced, some hit the ground and stuck, but they loved it. They also called all the kids in attendance under 12, into the center of the ring (maybe a hundred of them), and put four calves with ribbons on their tails in there with them. The object was to pull the ribbons off the tail, and win a Happy Meal. These cows were on the run, and every kid was chasing them. It was chaos, with one calf getting gang tackled, and one little girl getting backed into a corner by a pissed off cow. A good time was had by all. I can't imagine people up our way doing this kind of stuff, but my three kids probably would have loved it. Right, Jamie, Andi, and Buddy? We want to get Carter down here ASAP! That's our eighteen month old grandson. He might like to ride a sheep! The cowboy events were also entertaining, and according to a local I talked to, the quality of the show was just as good as the big rodeos.
|Statue next to the dance floor|
|This is for all my school teacher friends! This flyer was posted at the rodeo!|
Sunday we started out slow, lounging at the pool in the 85 degree sun, before heading into town to the riverwalk one more time. We enjoyed the smaller crowd, since spring break was winding down, but it was St. Patrick's Day, so there was some action. The San Antonio River was also dyed green, so it looked better than the mud-brown of the other day. We ate at a great Italian place, and had a strawberry margarita to celebrate St. Pats. Then we decided to walk across town about a half mile, away from the tourist stuff, to Market Square. They were having a festival, and that's where all the locals (read tex-mex) were. They place was rocking, like Mexican mardi Gras. Four bands were playing at once in different corners of the square. They were playing Tejano music, and as we found out, Conjunto music. San Antonio is the Conjunto music capital of the world. Everyone knew the words to the songs, and they were lining up to get autographs after the shows. Conjunto, is similar to Tejano I guess, with an accordion, base guitar, six string guitar, and drums, with Spanish words, and lots of synchronized steps and spinning by the band as they played. We ran into Jaime and Los Chamacos again( we saw them after the Spurs-Mavericks NBA game the other night), and it turns out that they are legendary, the best of the best Conjunto bands. There was one other band, with a lead singer dressed all in white, with a white headband, and a bright red saxophone, that was jammin, and he really stood out. The restaurants and bars that were open, were decorated like Mardi Gras with sparkly stuff hanging from the ceilings, and guitarists and mariachi band serenading the patrons. We were the only Anglo Saxons on the plaza, I believe.
On Monday, we decided to do Sea World of San Antonio, since we were camped right by it. We can practically see it from our camp sight. The high of 93 almost set a record, and it was a good day to do water rides. We also saw Shamu, and the sea lion and sea otter show, and the penguins, and the flamingos, and the Steel Eel roller coaster, and the Beluga whale show, and, did I mention the water rides? Since spring break basically ended yesterday, the crowd was very small, with no lines. We got to do everything, without the hassles of an overcrowded park.
Tuesday, we worked really hard on our suntans. All day. Temperature was 85 with lots of sun.
|Beluga whale show|
|Flamingoes at Sea World San Antonio|
|Mike at the dolphin tank|
|Red bird at Sea World|
|Look closely...the duck has a BLUE beak!|