Day Forty-three Caverns of Sonora. Cool place! Kate got to feed the peacocks! Later, we went grocery shopping and ran into our tour guide from the caverns.
We headed out toward San Antonio, but only made it as far as Comfort, TX. We did work and school work and visited a community park. We stayed at the Love’s overnight.
Day Forty-four Day We got up early and drove into San Antonio. We went to the YMCA. I (Mel) had a great work out and we both got showers. We got a new drill bit from Home Depot and got some education from the worker, but weren’t able to drill into the metal. It might require more power than what we have. We have looked into going to Awesome Possum, which is a van build site. You can stay there while you build your van and there are people for hire who can help with things like screwing nails into metal!
We went to a small city park where I lugged all of my work items to a pic nic table so I could keep an eye on Kate while she played. The wind was something ferocious, so we didn’t stay long.
Day Forty-five March 13, 2021 if you are counting. It was hot and humid last night so it made sleeping a serious issue. In the morning, we got an oil change and enjoyed the San Antonio Riverwalk, including a boat tour. Our tour guide, Nick, was hilarious.
Today also kind of sucked. We got to the Alamo at 10 am and found out they are sold out for the day (hence, the Riverwalk). We went to the Rain Forest Restaurant only to find out that they had a three hour wait (no, we didn’t go). While we were leaving the Riverwalk area, Kate dropped and cracked my cell phone screen. Then, I found out that someone stole from my business- yet again. The amount of time that took just to do the preliminary reporting to my vendor meant the Y had already closed, so we missed work outs and showers today.
Day Forty-six We stealth parked again last night! This time on a residential street right around the corner from a city park. We parked on the side of the street where we were next to a fence and not a front door or window. We had a visitor park right in front of us for about 45 minutes around the 10 – 11 o’clock hour playing their car stereo very loudly the whole time. We waited it out (well, Kate slept through it). It was hot and humid again, and yes again sleeping was difficult – that is until around 5 am when the temperature dropped. It was daylight savings time, so we lost an hour, but those three hours of sleep were great.
We found Pearsall Park, an awesome large city park with an expansive play structure, skate park, splash pad, walking trail, outdoor gym, restrooms and trash cans (haha). This was the first time we found a play structure with close parking where I could stay in the car and see her at all times. Kate was able to enjoy all of the cool adventure course and I was finally able to just get some work done without being distracted every four and half seconds. That alone made today splendid. On a sad side note, our search for the park website link turned up a news story. Apparently, there was an intense search here yesterday in an attempt to find a mother and her small child. The two have been missing since January and the police have been following up on leads. We hope they are both safe!
Our mobile wifi connection (Verizon) has been sooooooo slllllloooowwww for several days. We haven't even been able to load a single page from any website. I have been able to check email, but even that is painfully slow. Today, I was finally able to load our website platform and update several days worth of entries. Photos for all the weeks will get uploaded eventually.
Day Forty-seven We stealth parked again last night. This time on a side street next to a Travel Lodge. No one bothered us directly, we apparently parked in the social area because there were several different gatherings and conversations until the wee hours of the morning.
I’m noticing a difference in my child. She is in general less grumpy and more appreciative- even of the small things we all probably take for granted. Last night she told me, “We got to take a shower two days in a row! I feel blessed.” Mind you, that’s not a sad thing where I – or anyone reading this- needs to have pity. This is a joyous event and a reality check. Most of us Americans are probably a bit too spoiled, and are raising our kids to be entitled and demanding.
I honestly think everyone should go a stint where trying to find a place to sleep at night is a daily occurrence, and getting a hot shower is a luxury. It’s not only freeing, it’s eye opening to how much STUFF we really don’t need in life.
Anyway, we got a solid upper body work out and showers at the friendly local Y, then spent the day working (my work, her school work).
Day Forty-eight We parked at the Y again, but heat and humidity kept me awake. Kate slept fine.
Our cooler got knocked over and the melted ice soaked everything. We had blankets, pillows and clothes spread out all over the parking lot for over two hours. Thankfully it wasn’t a rainy day.
Some random guy came to check on us and ask if we needed help. I told him about the Igloo issue and thanked him for checking on us. He left then came back in about 15 minutes to ask for $2. I gave it to him.
After that, we got a work out and a shower. I had some work to do, then we did laundry (all the stuff that was drying out on the ground). And that was the day.
Why are we staying in hot, humid weather you ask? My older daughter will be meeting up with us soon. No point in wasting gas money to leave and then return.
Day Forty-nine We got a late start (much needed) then headed over to a different Y. This one had actual tables and chairs (hard to find during covid, even in Texas). So I sat tucked back at a corner table and did work while Kate went to the locker room to work on her massive tangle in her hair. The Y closed for an hour for deep cleaning, so we went back to the van because I had a video call. After the call, we headed to the park because it was a gorgeous day. We grabbed Tex-Mex tacos and planned our day for tomorrow.
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