A Travellerspoint blog

February 2017

Gulf Shores, Alabama

17-20 February 2017


The Valentines Celebration for this year is in Gulf Shores, Alabama and the impetus for the trip was the Sea Turtle Half Marathon. Because the drive was eight hours we left Thursday night for Birmingham to divide some of the driving between two days. The trip was uneventful other than a nice stop at The Shrimp Basket in Evergreen, Alabama. They let us have Emma on the porch with us and Curt had some of the best fish and chips (well the fish part).
It was late afternoon on Friday by the time we arrived to our Best Western on the Beach. It is within walking distance from the start of the race and packet pick up at The Hangout. This is a really cool restaurant/bar/hangout and huge. They have an amazing Bushwacker drink and show movies on their little lawn. The pasta prepared for the race leaves something to be desired but the deviled egg with crab meat appetizer was pretty interesting.
Saturday was race day and luckily all the rain came down over night. On race day it was nice and overcast for our out and back race. The medal is adorable and we take our picture with the sea turtle near the finish. The race had boxes with a turkey wrap, apple and cookie that came with a soda and if you wanted two beers from the Big Beach Brewery. All and all a really good race for only $60. The rest of the day Curt napped and I sat on the beach! To cap off the day we had a wonderful plate of shredded chicken nachos back at the Hangout.
I'm don't know any better way to spend a Sunday at the beach than ocean side, worshiping the sun. We did this all day after a huge breakfast at the Pancake House that is inside our hotel and has gorgeous views of the ocean. It was cool enough for Emma to spend the morning with us enjoying the breeze and warm enough for us to look like lobsters by the evening.
We have basically been acting like senior citizens and going to dinner at 5:00 and tonight was no exception. Another runner had said Mikee's had good seafood so we checked it out. I had some very tasty shrimp alfredo and Curt had some so-so scallops.
There is nothing to do tomorrow but drive for eight hours :(

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Gruene Hall

10 February 2017


Last night in San Antonio for awhile so a group of us went to eat dinner at the Gristmill and see a show at the Gruene Dance Hall. The gristmill is right along the Guadalupe and served up a great burger with their special cheese sauce.
After dinner we walked just about next door to Gruene Hall, the oldest dance hall in Texas. Charlie Robinson was playing along with a pretty decent cover band. It's a fun experience but if you don't get their super early it means standing all night!

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Fredericksburg, Texas

4 February 2017

rain 50 °F

I still have one more week in Texas so I thought I would make an hour trip north to a German town called Fredericksburg. The downtown is full of adorable shops, restaurants and wineries. After a bit of shopping I found a German restaurant called the Rathskeller which is in the basement of a building dating back to 1852. In old Germany a rathskeller was the basement of the Town Hall usually used as a restaurant or tavern. I enjoyed a delicious bratwurst sandwich before moving on to wine tasting.
I had on good recommendation that the Grape Creek Winery had excellent wines. Instead of going to the winery I just stopped in their tasting room on main street. I guess I was spoiled with free tasting in El Paso becuase this one cost $19.50. But the wine definately was excellent and they gave a military discount on purchases.
After a bit more shopping I took a rest in the Fredericksburg Pie Company for some warm peach and blueberry pie. This would have been even more special had it been spring with all their outdoor tables.
Fredericksburg is certainly charming and worth the drive and I learned a new way to mark your visit! These people have marked their place for eternity in this cactus!

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