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Our Guide

14 Jun

The return of the car early Sunday morning went so smoothly that we instantly forgot about the traffic stresses.  A new day was dawning, and we were anxious to set out on foot. Our guide arrived right on time, despite the 3 hour commute into “work”.   I had a vague idea of who I was looking for, but as I rounded the corner and saw some sandaled feet beneath an open car door, I knew immediately it was him.

Yep.  They looked the same!

Yep. They looked the same!

I introduced our guide to the rest of the family, as I already felt like I knew him well.  I just had to remember not to call him Agg.

We chatted it up a bit, and then since we didn’t have much time, we set out to see the sights. We hadn’t visited the Alamo yet, so he took us there first.  This was the real reason for our trip to San Antonio, but we were so disappointed by how commercialized and over-crowded it was.  Having seen the other missions and having been able to really experience them, we had hoped the same for this.

Amp and Hubby split off to explore on their own, while Agg, Mario, and I explored half-heartedly.  I was more interested in finding some shade.  The Texas heat had been turned on!

I enjoyed catching up with Agg while trying to stay cool in the shade.  I loved getting extra details about the dogs, the family, the wedding on the ranch…

When we’d had our fill of the Alamo, we posed for the obligatory family picture out front

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Notice Amp’s “I wish I was in Colorado and not in the Texas heat” look.

And then Agg led the way to El Mercado.

We took the River Walk route towards the market.  We couldn’t talk much while walking single file, but we saw some pretty fun sights along the way.

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Not sure who the focus of this picture is…

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Hubby hung back snapping pics along the way.

Mario, Agg and I

Mario, Agg and I

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El Mercado was exactly how Agg had described it to me – a little taste of Mexico without having to cross the border.

We strolled along using the time to catch up on more stories.  He’s lived a fascinating life, and he’s continuing to do so!  I’m in awe of all the places he’s been and will be going to.

Our last stop was to Mi Tierra’s. (Roll the r’s!)  It was a long wait, and everyone was there, but it was SO worth fighting the crowds.

Agg and the ShadowRuns

Agg and the ShadowRuns

Amp finally got to try some real flan *shiver*, and he loved it!  I hope he learns to make it some day.  

It was an enjoyable way to spend the last hour of our time together.  Agg’s job here was done, and he needed to get back to his home for yet another commitment.  THAT’S why he was anxious to get back to work so he could relax.

But I will forever be grateful to him for dedicating some time to us.  In the short time I’ve been blogging, I feel like I’ve met some great friends online.  To meet them in person is just the icing on the (cup)cake.

Agg, if you’re ever in St. Louis, I would love to show you around!

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Thanks Agg. We had a great time!

 

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14 Comments

Posted by on June 14, 2013 in Friendship, Vacation

 

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14 responses to “Our Guide

  1. agg79

    June 14, 2013 at 2:34 am

    Thank You! You are way too kind. It was fantastic to meet you guys, even if only for a short while. Sorry I had to bail out early. I only wish I had more time. Then I really could have shown cheesy spots (not crowded, I promise). I hope the rest of your stay was relaxing/fun. Did you get your fill of Mexican food?

    I will definitely have to work on a trip to St Louis. And I find it funny how a lot of the pictures we posted are similar.

     
    • shadowrun300

      June 14, 2013 at 11:40 am

      Ooooh – we like cheesy spots! But the things you showed us were uber cool. 🙂 We were able to get some time by the pool and in the rooftop hot tub, so that was nice. And no, no more Mexican food – we wanted a taste of everything before we left. All good!
      I really hope you’re able to make it to St. Louis at some point. But if not, perhaps we’ll meet again and throw some other bloggers into the mix. How fun would that be!

       
  2. territerri

    June 14, 2013 at 2:47 am

    Looks like so much fun! I’m so glad you got to meet Agg and see some of the sights that are so familiar to him. Maybe Minnesota will be next on your travel schedule…? 🙂

     
    • shadowrun300

      June 14, 2013 at 11:42 am

      It was so fun to meet up with him. It really is great to meet the people behind the keyboard. And I would LOVE to take a road trip to Minnesota – as soon as your snow has melted.

       
      • territerri

        June 14, 2013 at 1:02 pm

        Now’s your chance! The snow has melted but there’s no telling how soon it will be back! 🙂

         
  3. Rock Chef

    June 14, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    I hate the way great historical sites get ruined by commercialisation. Many of our castles are spoiled by people walking around in dodgy suits of armour and gift shops selling totally inappropriate souvenirs…

    But it sounds like this did not ruin your day with Agg. He is a great guy, isn’t he?

     
    • shadowrun300

      June 14, 2013 at 10:32 pm

      It is quite sad, but you’re right. It didn’t ruin our day.
      I had no doubts Agg was a great guy and wasn’t worried in the least that he was a wacko. 🙂

       
  4. The Thin Lady Inside

    June 14, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    That’s so cool! How exciting that you got to meet an online friend IRL … One day we’ll have a picture like that together! 😉 FUN! 🙂

     
    • shadowrun300

      June 14, 2013 at 10:38 pm

      I would love nothing more than to meet up with you! It’ll happen someday I’m sure! If only we’d had more time this time….

       
  5. Abby

    June 15, 2013 at 2:48 am

    What a meet up! It’s so great to see two of my favorite bloggers hanging out! That river walk looks like a fun place. And sadly, I’m not surprised about the Alamo being a total tourist trap.
    I dunno, I think Amp is smiling while trying not too… Mario is rocking the cowgirl look!

     
    • shadowrun300

      June 15, 2013 at 2:55 am

      I think Amp is not smiling while trying too. lol This trip emphasized his love of Colorado. I’ll let you know when we do a college visit there….
      If you ever go to San Antonio, you have to hit the Alamo, but plan to visit the other missions as well. They’ll give you a much better perspective.

       
      • Abby

        June 16, 2013 at 1:19 am

        And I’m still wondering, too, about that one photo. Is it about the lemur or… what?

         
      • shadowrun300

        June 16, 2013 at 1:58 am

        All I know is Hubby took LOTS of pictures of that lemur.

         
  6. meleah rebeccah

    June 16, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    I am SOOOOO thrilled you guys were able to meet up together in real life! What a FANTASTIC time!

     

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