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How We Overcame Illness-Induced Cabin Fever

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I had a few ideas when it came time to think about Memorial Day weekend. Maybe we would drive up to Austin for lunch and then check out the State Capitol. Or perhaps we could go to San Marcos and ride on a glass-bottom boat. Or maybe we could try to find one of the ghost towns I’ve been reading about lately. I was looking forward to three days of fun and relaxation with Nick and E.

However, things don’t always go as planned.

On Friday afternoon, E. suddenly developed a fever and sore throat. A trip to urgent care revealed that this was probably a virus. In other words, there wasn’t much we could do except rest, wait, and make sure E. remained well-hydrated.

By Saturday evening, Nick, E., and I were all getting cabin fever. I checked Facebook and saw my friends’ updates about lakes, BBQs, and children’s museums. We had to get out of the house! So, we headed to a place where I knew we wouldn’t run into too many people: the riverwalk.

No, not that portion of the riverwalk. This one, known as the Museum Reach:

Museum Reach riverwalk

As you can see, we didn’t have to worry about E. passing on her illness to strangers. We weren’t able to walk far since E. felt under the weather, but it was nice to get outside. E. particularly liked this ledge, which served as a perfect stage for an impromptu dance performance.

E. at the Museum Reach

I’m happy to report that E. is starting to feel better. But I’m disappointed that E.’s weekend had to be filled with thermometers and Tylenol instead of glass-bottom boats, playgrounds, and friends. Today, I’m dreaming of the three-day weekend I had envisioned. Maybe next time.

For more Monday Dreams, check out the family travel blog The Mother of All Trips.


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Personally, I thought the music was beautiful. And really, I think E. did too. She was just feeling a little shy today.



We really enjoyed the Mother’s Day brunch at Las Canarias. I told myself I was going to take lots of pictures of the food, but by the time I had collected it on my plate, I was so anxious to eat that I practically ran back to the table.

Hope everyone had a nice Mother’s Day!

Books, A Brewery, and the Riverwalk Extension

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We usually go to storytime at the local library. It’s relatively quiet. The librarian who leads it is calm and polite. E. loves her. But today, I thought it would be fun to try something different, so we headed over to the Twig bookstore.

Storytime at Twig is the complete opposite of your local library. It’s crowded and loud and goofy. If this storytime was a T.V. show (weird analogy, I know) it would be SpongeBob SquarePants. Miss Anastasia makes sure it lives up to its name: Miss Anastasia’s Wild and Wacky Pre-Weekend TWIGLET Storytime! You can take part in the fun on Friday mornings at 10:30 a.m.

Twig is located in the Full Goods building at the former Pearl Brewery. Since its brewing days, the complex has been converted into a series of shops and offices. Its location near the San Antonio River, once a necessity when the water was needed for brewing, now provides visitors easy access to the Museum Reach portion of the riverwalk. Completed in 2009, this portion of the riverwalk has a much different feel than the original riverwalk that winds through downtown near landmarks such as the Alamo and the Casino Club Building. While the original riverwalk is lined with restaurants, bars, and shops, the Museum Reach portion is quieter and brings joggers and dog-walkers.

For a complete list of events at Pearl, check out their event calendar. And if you decide to visit Twig for storytime, be ready to bring your silly side.

Photo Friday: San Antonio River Cruise

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Taking a stroll, stopping for a bite to eat or a drink…these are great ways to experience the riverwalk. However, my favorite way to see San Antonio’s famous riverwalk is to take a river cruise. My daughter loves riding in a boat, and I love all of the architecture talk.

Here are some photos I took on a recent Sunday afternoon river cruise:


View from a river cruise

Saint Anthony as seen from the river

Tower Life Building

Aztec Theater sculpture as seen from river

For more information on river cruises: Rio San Antonio Cruises

For photos from other travellers, check out Delicious Baby, an excellent family travel blog.

Free Holiday Light Displays in San Antonio

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These holiday light displays are both beautiful and free. Happy holidays!


San Antonio Riverwalk: Trees along the riverwalk are decorated with colorful lights. You can enjoy the lights for free by walking along the riverwalk, or you can take a river cruise and see them from the water. (General admission cruise tickets are $8.50.)
Alamo Plaza: This is a great place to take some family photos. Plus, you’ll be happy to know that special LED lights are being used on this year’s tree. They require 11 times less energy than traditional Christmas lights.

University of the Incarnate Word: This is the 24th year that the university has decorated its campus with colorful lights. You have until January 6 to enjoy this year’s display.

Thanksgiving Desserts

This year we celebrated Thanksgiving by eating our big meal at a restaurant, which is something we usually don’t do. We ate at Las Canarias on the riverwalk, and everyone enjoyed their meal, probably much more than they would have if I had tried to cook a turkey.

The desserts looked like this:


On the left is a brown butter pecan pie, and the dessert on the right is a chocolate mousse with a ginger crème brulée center. Obviously, both were delicious.

I hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Thanks for taking time out of your busy day to read Wandering Off.

Texas Photo: Navarro Street

Navarro Street can be found in downtown San Antonio. For some reason, I particularly like the sound of the word “Navarro,” so I took a picture of this sign:

When I was at the library the other day, browsing the travel section, I saw a book called Place Names of San Antonio by David P. Green.  Earlier that day, I had read a post by Neil at Texas Liberal about a book called Names on the Land by George Stewart that sounded interesting. Maybe that’s what led me to notice the San Antonio book.

According to Place Names of San Antonio, Navarro Street is named after José Antonio Navarro, one of the three Mexican signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence. A street, a county, and a state park are named after him.

The section of the riverwalk near Navarro Street is relatively peaceful and quiet compared to the area near Alamo Street.


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