Today I’m finally getting around to sharing the second of this year’s Texas travel diaries with you! I decided to split them up since I spent two weeks there this year and I figured that one post would be overwhelmingly long, plus this way I got to make two videos! If you still haven’t read my “Texas Travel Diary 2017; Week 1” post, be sure to check it out here (the video’s pretty good if I do say so myself). Our second week in Texas was filled with long car rides to some fun cities and more time with extended family, making it super fun! In this post I have recapped each day, inserted highlight pictures, and like I said, created a video that you can watch below. I recommend you watch the video in HD by clicking the HD button in the bottom right corner of the video. I also linked some of the locations mentioned so you can check them out for yourself if you’re planning trip to Texas. Enjoy!
This video was created using iMovie. All of the underwater/beach clips were taken with a FujiFilm FinePix XP120 and all the rest of the clips were taken with a Canon EOS Rebel T6 and a EF-S 18-55mm lens. The background song is “Higher Ground” by ODESZA featuring Naomi Wild.
Once we moved all of our bags from my paternal grandmother’s car to my maternal grandmother’s car around 2:00 p.m., we rode to a Baskin Robbins to surprise my cousin, Julia, at work! She was totally shocked and it was super fun. After we ate our ice cream, my grandmother drove my sister and I to her house. I adore my grandmother’s house, it’s the one my mother and uncle lived in while they were in high school! My grandfather passed away three years ago, so returning to that house is always fun but really bittersweet. We chose our rooms, put a few of our things away, freshened up, and hopped in the car around 6:00 p.m. to head to my all time favorite restaurant in San Antonio; Alamo Cafe! While Alamo Cafe certainly isn’t the most authentic Mexican food restaurant in San Antonio, it’s absolutely delicious and the freshly made, warm, flour tortillas brought to the table as if they were a basket of rolls will always keep me coming back. I had my usual there, a basic chicken and cheese quesadilla. After we finished eating, we drove to downtown where we made a quick stop in a gift shop before exploring the Riverwalk. I always love going to the Riverwalk, even though I’ve walked it several times over the past ten years. We rode a riverboat (which is also something I’ve definitely done my fair share of times) and took a few photos before it got pretty dark and we decided it was time to return to our grandmother’s house around 9:00 p.m. When we got home around 9:30 p.m. we showered and got ready for bed.
Tuesday morning we slept in until around 10:00 a.m. When we all woke up, we quickly slipped on some shoes and ran out the door to drive through Taco Cabana to pick up some breakfast tacos (they’re the best!). We ended up ordering a dozen so we could save some for later in the day. I chose a few simple egg, cheese, and bacon tacos on flour tortillas, they’ve always been my favorite! When we got home with our box of tacos we ate a couple then got dressed for the day. We decided to return to La Cantera (yes, for the third time total in this trip to Texas) and our grandmother gave my sister and I each some money to buy some back to school pieces with. Once we were shopped out, we ate at the shopping center’s Grimaldi’s, which has some of the best pizza. We ordered a half pepperoni and half meatball and pepperoni pizza and it was delicious. After we finished eating, we rode back to our grandmother’s house to pack an overnight bag. Around 6:45 p.m. we left the house to pick our mother up from the airport before heading to Dallas for my tour of Southern Methodist University the following morning. The drive is about five hours long, so we finished our box of breakfast tacos, played Uno, caught up with our mother, and took some good naps before arriving at our hotel in Dallas around 1:00 a.m. Once we checked into our room we quickly got ready for bed and went to sleep.
My mother, grandmother, sister (Channing), and I woke up at 7:45 a.m. to begin getting ready for my tour of Southern Methodist University at 10 a.m. After getting dressed and getting ready, I went to the hotel lobby with Channing to get a quick bite for breakfast. After we’d eaten, we went back upstairs and waited until our mother was ready to depart for SMU around 9:45 a.m. I won’t go to into depth on the tour, but the campus was absolutely beautiful. The information sessions I attended answered almost all of my questions and made me even more excited about SMU as a college option! We had a little free time between sessions to grab lunch at la Madeleine French Bakery & Café on campus and run into the bookstore to purchase a tee shirt around noon. After lunch, I had a tour of Meadows School of the Arts, where the Fashion Media baccalaureate program I’m specifically interested in is housed. After the tour of Meadows, we got back in the car to start the five-hour drive home to San Antonio. We stopped around 5:00 p.m. for dinner at Luby’s where I had fried chicken, a roll, and some broccoli and we ended up getting home around 9:00 p.m. When we got home I showered and quickly went to bed because I was absolutely exhausted from all the walking around I did that day.
I accidentally slept in until around 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, so when I finally got up I quickly had some cereal then got ready for the day. My grandmother is a photographer and she knows we share that interest, so she took me with her to tour a local photo lab around 1:00 p.m. After the tour, my mother and grandmother had to get a few things done at the bank so Channing and I tagged along. By the time they finished up at the bank, we were all really hungry for a late lunch, so we stopped by Whataburger around 3:30 p.m. before going home. I just had a plain cheeseburger and shared some fries with my sister. I know it’s still terrible for you but I honestly think Whataburger is much better than any other burger chain (probably just the proud Texan in me haha). After “lunch,” we went back to my grandmother’s house to get ready to go to my younger cousin, Cate’s, birthday party (she’s Channing’s age). I hadn’t seen Cate in a year and I hadn’t seen her on her birthday in several years so it was really neat to spend part of the special day with her! All of her family that was in town went to a barbecue restaurant in San Antonio called Two Bros. BBQ Market around 7:30 p.m. That was my second time eating there and I think it’s super good (coming from someone who doesn’t normally like barbecue). I had a smoked turkey sandwich and the best banana pudding for dessert. After dinner, Channing and I went back to Cate’s house and spent the night. Around 10:00 p.m. Cate’s older sister, Julia (about my age) came home from work and I had the chance to hang out with her for a while until we went to bed. I love catching up with Julia over sleepovers each year, despite the distance we’ve always been super close.
Our grandmother picked up Channing and I from our cousins’ house around 8:00 a.m. and we went straight to Taco Cabana. There we picked up another dozen tacos to eat for breakfast and save for the long car ride to the beach. We went back to our grandmother’s house to quickly pack for the beach then helped her load the car. When my older brother, Ricky, arrived (he lives in San Antonio too!) around 12 p.m., we (Channing, Ricky, our mother, and our grandmother) all piled into our grandmother’s car and drove four hours to Rockport. When we finally got to Rockport around 4 p.m., we settled into our rooms at the Lighthouse Inn. This was our second year staying at the Lighthouse and we love it! The location is awesome because it’s not far from the beach and within walking distance of quite a few good restaurants, including the one we went to Friday night, Charlotte Plummers. My grandmother has been taking my mother and uncle to the Rockport beach since they were kids and Charlotte Plummers was always part of the trip, so it’s still a tradition to eat there every year. While we waited for our food, Channing and I went outside and took a few pictures on the docks next to the restaurant (be on the lookout for an outfit post from that night soon!). When we returned to the table, I had the shrimp brochette appetizer as a meal. After we finished eating, we walked across the street to a Rockport gift shop called TG’s where we looked at tee shirts and souvenirs before hopping back in the car and driving to the beach to take some family pictures. Once we were satisfied by the quantity and quality of the pictures we’d taken, we drove back to the hotel where we showered and went to bed.
My sister and I woke up around 8:30 a.m. and quickly got dressed in bathing suits and coverups and walked downstairs to eat the hotel breakfast. I wore my Jadelynn Brooke “Beach Bound” tee with some athletic shorts as a coverup and I loved it. Get your “Beach Bound” tee here and receive a 15% discount with my code “FLHS”! I love the Lighthouse Inn’s breakfast like no other, not only is it an awesome buffet but there are Texas shaped waffles. Yes, you read that right, TEXAS SHAPED WAFFLES! Two of my favorite things combined that make for one yummy breakfast. After breakfast, we went back upstairs to our room to pack our beach bags and finish getting ready for the day. Around 10:00 a.m. my family hopped in my grandma’s car and we went to my favorite boutique in Rockport, The Bay Window! This boutique is the absolute cutest, girliest store I’ve ever seen and I’ve made sure to make a stop there for the past three years. I picked out an adorable top that I’ve decided will make for the perfect first day of school outfit! After we checked out at The Bay Window, we went to a couple shell shops where my sister, mother, and I picked out our traditional anklets. Once we’d visited two of our long time favorite shell shops, we finally went to the beach! We got there around 1:30 p.m., so we bought lunch and snow cones from some food trucks in the beach’s parking lot. I ordered a grilled cheese from a cookout food truck and my usual grape snow cone. After eating, we finally made our way to the sand and sea. We stayed at the beach until 4:00 p.m. then drove back to the hotel to start getting ready for dinner. My mom really wanted seafood, so we asked some people around the hotel lobby for a recommendation and after hearing “Capt. Benny’s” a few times we decided to give it a try. While the location was conveniently close to the hotel, the food wasn’t really anything too special and we waited over an hour for it despite the fact that the restaurant wasn’t that busy at all. I wasn’t really in the mood for any of the seafood they had on the menu so I just had a cheeseburger and fries. After dinner we returned to the hotel and went to sleep.
We woke up at 8:00 a.m. and got dressed to go eat the hotel breakfast. I had another Texas shaped waffle (big surprise) then went back upstairs to the room to pack my belongings. As my mother finished packing and getting ready, my sister and I helped our grandmother and brother load the car. We left for San Antonio around 10:00 a.m. and when we arrived at the airport around 2:00 p.m. we walked her to security and hugged her goodbye. After leaving my mother, we went to Alamo Cafe for a late lunch around 3:00 p.m. I had a chicken and cheese quesadilla along with way too many plain tortillas and boy, did it hit the spot! When we finished eating we went back home with my grandmother and took our bags back to our rooms. A few hours later my brother’s fiancé came over and we all went to the Pearl Brewery. The Pearl Brewery is really neat because it used to be a brewery but now it’s home to hundreds of apartments, over a dozen restaurants and cafes, and lots of small businesses. We walked around and just explored for a bit before having ice cream at Lick around 6:00 p.m. I love Lick because it has the coolest flavors, like Peanut Butter and Jelly, Kale, etc. I had the Texas Sheet Cake ice cream in a waffle cone and it was delicious! After ice cream we went back to my grandmother’s house and my brother and his fiancé left. When we got home I showered and went to bed.
I woke up around 9:00 a.m. and had some cereal for breakfast before I began getting ready for the day. Around 12:00 p.m. my brother came over again and my grandmother took the three of us (my brother, sister, and I) to El Mercado, the authentic Mexican Market Square in San Antonio. I believe this was my third time going to El Mercado and I always love it, there’s so many beautiful, handmade art and clothing pieces. Plus, there are a few awesome Mexican restaurants and churro stands (my brother, sister and I each had one and they were awesome)! My grandmother was so sweet to purchase a beautiful traditional red tunic with embroidered flowers on it, I’m so excited to share how I style it with y’all! We left the markets around 3:00 p.m. and my grandmother dropped me off at the Baskin Robbins my cousin Julia works at. Julia finished working at 3:30 p.m. and took me to one of her favorite coffee places, Local Coffee, for a little coffee date. In all honesty I don’t even like coffee so I just got a hot chocolate but it was super good! After we finished our drinks, Julia drove me back to my grandmother’s house. From there, my grandmother took my brother, sister, and I out to dinner Paesanos, an Italian restaurant that my grandfather used to love. Monday was actually the three year anniversary of my grandfather’s death, so this dinner was very special for us. Many of the waiters at the restaurant remember my grandfather and were super sweet to us. I had the ravioli de formaggio con polpette di vitello (cheese ravioli with veal meatballs) and it was amazing. After dinner my grandmother drove us all home and we said goodbye to our brother one last time. We finished packing and doing some last minute laundry before going to bed.
We woke up around 6:00 a.m. to eat my grandmother’s delicious eggs and bacon and quickly get ready to leave for the airport around 7:00 a.m. We arrived at the airport around 7:30 a.m. and after we’d checked our bags and picked out some souvenirs for our little brother in an airport gift shop, Channing and I sat with our grandmother in a waiting area until 9:00 a.m. We then hugged our grandmother goodbye and went through security. Our flight boarded around 9:30 a.m. and we had a pleasant trip home. I wore one of my favorite Jadelynn Brooke tees and a matching pair of Jadelynn Brooke athletic shorts for the plane ride and it was the perfect comfy ensemble! Shop my tee here and my shorts here 15% off with my code “FLHS”!
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