Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Howdy Y'All!

So last week, my sis and I had our trip to the 'Lone Star State' to visit our dad and stepmom, Diane. We had a blast with them! They are two of the most mellow and funny people, and I so enjoy visiting with them. Makes me realize just how much I miss them!  We went to some really beautiful parts of the country out there, and had plenty of food. I can't tell you how much we ate, and I don't feel guilty one bit!

Dad & Diane at a beautiful restaurant we went to in a little old town called Gruene (pronounced "green"). Super cute historical, rustic town. It was great! 

Amy, Blake & I at the same restaurant.

I asked Dad where we could get a good "Texas" burger. I think the name speaks for itself. It WAS a good burger!

Here's some pics from this 'dive' we went to called the Tip Top Cafe. It was featured on the Food Network on the show "Diners, Drive Ins & Dives". We all love that show, so we decided to go see if it was THAT good. The picture below shows just how GOOD it was. I got the special of the night, Chicken Fried Steak, and it was SO GOOD!! Definitely something I will only eat in Texas! We left there feeling pretty full, to say the least.

Another idea from 'Diners, Drive Ins & Dives'- Captain Crunch French Toast. But instead of driving to Baltimore where they served this, we decided to make it ourselves. Let me just say, it was the best french toast I've ever had, and will definitely make this one at home. 
Way to go Diane!

We were fortunate enough to be there for Dad's company picnic- Texas style. And do I mean it! Here's a picture of one of the armadillos from the races they had. They are gross little things. They also had a mini rodeo for the kids, casino tables, mechanical bull, and to top it all off, plenty of barbeque to fill us up for days! 

This is a view of the Guadalupe river that runs through San Antonio. It was so beautiful and relaxing. I wanted so bad to rent a "toob" and just float down the river...

One of the most amazing things we did was visit some underground caverns near Dad's house. We went on about an hour tour that goes 180 feet below the surface to see the most beautiful caverns in the world! It was so stuffy and humid down there, but worth every minute!

Thank you so much Dad & Diane for such a wonderful time. I had so much fun, and can't wait to see you guys again soon, I hope. Love you both!

(And for those of who have never been to Texas- yes, everything is bigger in Texas, and yes, they really DO say "y'all" all the time! :)


George said...

I wish that I knew Diane better. She seems great but we never get to visit much unfortunatly. I miss your dad terribly.

I am glad all of you had a great visit and eewwww to the Armidillos!

Cap'n Crunch French Toast? GEt the carb count and invite me over!!!!!

Riva said...

Um, the food IS bigger in Texas. WOW! You weren't kidding! It was so good to see you's been way too long. Happy 30th, friend!