Texas Journals

Texas Tootsies, Girls' Trip to the Lone Star State

A November 2005 trip to Texas by Pat110

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Quote: Every November, the "girls" seek out a warm place to escape the winter cold and rejuvenate. Central Texas got the nod this year, and what a wonderful surprise it turned out to be! The Canyon Lake, Texas, area is just beautiful and proved to be a terrific choice!

Silverleaf's Hill Country Resort

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Hotel

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Best Things Nearby:San Antonio, New Braunfels, San Marcos, and The Wildlife Ranch.Best Things About the Resort:There are both indoor and outdoor pools, miniature golf, a theatre, horseback riding and an Activity Center.Resort Experience:This is a large complex in the Hill Country of Texas with multiple days for check-in. There is a very nice Activity Outpost where you'll also find a theatre, a Grill where you can purchase food, and the pools and miniature golf are in the same area. The Saturday check-in units are across the street from the main resort. The Saturday buildings are 3 story - there is NO elevator and we considered ourselves very lucky to have a ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 19, 2005

San Antonio Riverwalk

Attraction | "Riverwalk"

San Antonio Riverwalk Photo, San Antonio, Texas
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The San Antonio River and surrounding Riverwalk (called Paseo del Rio) winds for about 3 miles through the heart of downtown San Antonio presenting a multitude of unique shops, restaurants, and nightclubs that line her bank. River cruisers offer a relaxing and informative tour down the river that lasts about 35 minutes at a cost of $6.50 for adults and $1.50 for children. River guides narrate the tour relaying the history of this unusual and very beautiful attraction situated very near The Alamo. The restaurants and shopping are on the pricey side because of location, location, location! Well worth a visit!

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 19, 2005

San Antonio Riverwalk
200 South Alamo Street
San Antonio, Texas 78205
(210) 227-4262

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I was surprised to find a significant German influence in this part of Texas. The lovely town of New Braunfels was in the midst of their annual Wurstfest. This celebration is ongoing for 10 days and we were lucky enough to be in town during this time! It seemed as though the entire town dressed in their best German garb, music flowed from several locations, and young and old alike danced the polka and listened to their favorite Ompah music. There were many choices of food and, of course, the obligatory sausages of every kind served with potato pancakes. The festival is held along the banks of the beautiful Comal River and it was wonderful to sit in this park-like atmosphere and watch people tubi...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 19, 2005

The Alamo (Mission San Antonio de Valero)

Attraction | "The Alamo and Mission San Jose'"

The Alamo (Mission San Antonio de Valero) Photo, San Antonio, Texas
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Based on recommendations, we first went to the IMAX to see "The Alamo", a movie depicting the historical events of the siege by General Santa Anna and the death of 189 brave defenders of the Alamo on March 6, 1836. We then boarded the Trolly for a narrated tour to the various missions and the El Mercado (Mexican Market Square). We upgraded our Trolly ticket ($3 more) for the privilege of getting on & off at the various stops so we could tour the Mission San Jose and enjoy lunch at the El Mercado before returning to end the day with a tour of The Alamo and ride along the Riverwalk on the narrated river cruiser. I couldn't help but feel saddened and reverent walking through The Alamo where so many bra...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 19, 2005

The Alamo (Mission San Antonio de Valero)
300 Alamo Plaza
San Antonio, Texas 78205
(210) 225-1391

Canyon Lake

Attraction

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One of the deepest and most scenic lakes in Texas, Canyon Lake encompasses 8,240 acres with 80 miles of shoreline and an average depth of 43 feet. The day we arrived, the the lake was filled with moored sailboats near the Dam presenting a beautiful sight! There are eight public parks with boat ramps, several marinas, yacht clubs and a ski club. It is a paradise for water sports of all sorts. The wooded hills surrounding Canyon Lake are a haven for white-tailed deer and we were treated to the sight of watching these graceful animals browsing near the lake about sunset. There just wasn't enough time to enjoy all that Canyon Lake has to offer!

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 20, 2005

Canyon Lake

New Braunfels, Texas

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There are actually two visitor center locations and each is different - one in Johnson City and one near the Ranch in Stonewall. At the Center in Stonewall, we were shown a 30 minute movie in a comfortable theatre. The movie heralded the Johnson Administration. Then we were loaded on a bus for an interesting, narrated tour of the Ranch. The bus stopped at the boyhood home/birthplace of President Johnson where we were permitted to disembark, walk around the grounds, and view the home still furnished with many of the family artifacts that were used at that time. This is also the location of the family cemetery that is President Johnson's final resting place. The bus tour then continued past the Wes...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 20, 2005

Tubing

Attraction

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The clear, inviting waters of the Guadalupe call out for people of all ages to grab a tube and come on in! Unfortunately, we ran out of time and weren't able to take advantage of it, much as we would have liked to! There are outfitters all up and down the street of each town you drive through because the Guadelupe winds endlessly through this beautiful area. We were able to enjoy watching and photographing some of the fun! I'll definitely save a day to enjoy this on my next visit!

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 20, 2005

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This 86 acre working ranch has been set up like an authentic Western town right out of the 1800s. Our guide, Eddie, taught us many lessons of the history of the area and those who populated it during that time period, and took us on a tour via golf-cart around the ranch to visit the buffalo, horses, zebra and Texas Longhorns that call the ranch home. The ranch dog, Biscuit, helped himself to his special place at the rear of the golf-cart to accompany us. Various Cowboy movie scenes have been shot on location at Enchanted Springs Ranch, and many corporations enjoy events and entertainment. It was an interesting an enjoyable day, but since no planned events were going on at the time, it was deserted ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 20, 2005

Wildlife Ranch

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This most amazing experience was so enjoyed that we drove through twice (you can drive through as many times as you wish for the admission price) and we giggled like school-girls! Each of us wished (but only for a moment) that we had our grandchildren with us because they would have been thrilled. This is a "drive-through at your own pace" wildlife habitat populated with so many different breeds of animals that it was impossible to count them. They live, unfenced from each other, in perfect harmony. They have for the most part lost their natural fear of humans and hurry right up to your car for something to eat. This learned behavior is the result of 20 years of receiving treats from visitors to ...Read More