On Thursday morning around 10:00, we checked out of the Holiday Inn Express and met Ann at Cracker Barrel. We enjoyed a leisurely breakfast/lunch and a great visit with her before finally departing and driving back south about 30 miles to McKinney. There we had a wonderful visit with friends who left Premont many years ago to make their home north of Dallas to be near their two children and the grandchildren!
Lou and Nolon Daily welcomed us at their home, and then we drove to their daughter's home just a short distance away where she served dinner. We were joined by the Daily's son, Paul, his wife, Becky, and three of their six sons.
The next morning, we checked out of the TownePlace Suites where we had stayed and began the drive to San Antonio where we had reservations at a Fairfield Inn. Due to highway construction, we arrived ten hours later. It's only a little over 300 miles and is supposed to take about 4 1/2 hours, but traffic on IH 35 between Waco and Temple was horrendous. The highway resembled a parking lot, as the cars in all four lanes were mostly at a standstill. We had not encountered this much trouble when we went to Dallas in March, or even going north on this trip. We were caught in it; there was no way out but to keep on at this slower than a snail's pace!
Since there was more highway construction south of Temple, we decided to head west at Belton, through Killeen, and then on to Lampasas. At Lampasas, we turned south on Hwy. 281. We had planned to eat dinner in San Antonio, but it was getting so late that we decided to stop in Marble Falls at The Bluebonnet Cafe where we had not eaten in years.
Arriving in San Antonio rather late, we checked into the Fairfield Inn near the airport, and being extremely tired, we went to bed! The next morning, after breakfast at Cracker Barrel, we headed home! The wonderful thing about where we live, is that there is just one stop sign between our ranch and Falfurrias. There are four stop lights between getting off the expressway at our main street (Rice St.) and arrival at H.E.B. (always our main destination). It's wonderful to live in such a rural setting! Visiting in the big cities is nice and entertaining, but it's aways wonderful to get back home!! Give us the country life!
So, this was a very short vacation, but we had fun and really enjoyed the visits with family and friends.