days 72 & 73 – San Antonio to Padre Island National Seashore, to Houston to Tomball, TX

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On Monday night, as we sat in the car working on our journals, a gentleman walked up to our window, saying, “Hey! Did you realize that Rhode Island is neither a ROAD or an ISLAND?” I wonder how long he’s been waiting to meet someone from RI so he could say that. He was friendly and offered suggestions of interesting things to see and do in the area. 

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On Tuesday morning we headed to the Alamo! We spent a while exploring the buildings and their current exhibits. It was very pretty and interesting. It was also very hot.

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From the Alamo we walked to the River Walk. It was much cooler by the water, which is below street level and shady. We walked up and down a stretch, enjoying seeing all of the ducks, shops, and cafes. There are some beautiful bridges over the river.

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Monday night had been especially uncomfortable sleeping in the car, as it hadn’t cooled down much. So Caitlin looked for a free campsite, and found one on the beach!

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We drove through Corpus Christi to South Padre Island, and set up camp on the beach. The Gulf of Mexico is beautiful, and we were both excited to see the ocean again. The beach was covered with little crabs! We enjoyed warm water a little and sat on the beach watching the waves on Tuesday night before sleeping under the stars.

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Waking up right by the ocean was beautiful. We meant to wake up for the sunrise, but we were both tired and we slept so well…we woke up later than intended. We went back into the water in the morning.

Caitlin loved the warmth of the water, but Melissa was not used to it and didn’t particularly enjoy being bitten by crabs while she was trying to enjoy the ocean. She still loved it though.

From the beach we drove to Houston. We originally wanted to go to the space museum but discovered that it was extremely busy and would involve a lot of waiting. So we decided to check out a smaller, more quaint attraction.

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The Art Car Museum, also known as the Garage Mahal, exhibits five eccentric art cars as well as work from local artists.

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The art cars were funky and fun. Students from local schools have been studying about refugees and identity. Their projects were featured in the museum. There was other work regarding cultural and social, subjects. In a back room a video of art cars and their creators and owners plays on a loop on 9 small TV sets.

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Caitlin wanted to find a cowboy hat while we were in Texas, so we started looking around for one. After driving around with no success, we went into a mall. She found a really cute one there!

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Wednesday night we stayed at the home of the Percells’, a homeschooling family from one of Melissa’s mom’s email lists. They let us shower, do laundry, and we had a good visit and a great night’s sleep.

Weather: 90’s and sunny in San Antonio. Mild and beautiful at the Island. 90’s and sunny in Houston, so we stayed inside mostly. 

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