Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Texas-New Mexico Vacation: Day 4 - On the Road

Before we left San Antonio, we took one last walk along the River Walk and found a spot for breakfast.

We found a cute cafe that had some delicious food. Kai had this Mexican pastry with chocolate inside.

My wife had the brisket and avocado taco while I had the Alamo Benedict. Instead of hollandaise sauce, it had the most delicious salsa I have ever tasted.

And then it was time to leave. We were on the road for most of the rest of the day but made a couple of stops.

The first stop was for lunch at Rudy's BBQ, a popular Texas chain. Kai had the sausage while my wife and I shared the ribs and brisket. Everything was good, but it did not compare to Terry Black's BBQ in Austin that we had two nights before.

The only other place worth stopping that day was at the Judge Roy Bean Museum. We watched a short film that told the story of the man who became "the law west of the Pecos" in the late 1800s. We saw the saloon where he held court.

The area also had a nice cactus garden.

Many of the cactus were just starting to bloom.

Our destination that day was the old Gage Hotel in Marathon, which would serve as our launching pad for exploring Big Bend National Park the next day. After using the swimming pool, we had dinner at the hotel restaurant. The 12 Gage is upscale, but with so few choices we had made reservations there to ensure that we would eat. It turned out that almost all of the patrons were seniors. We were the only family there and Kai was by far the youngest in the restaurant. We were self conscious and wanted Kai to be on his best behavior, and fortunately he was.

We started out with fried mushrooms. For the main entree, Kai had roasted hen, my wife had a filet, and I had buffalo and elk meatloaf.

For dessert, we had a chocolate tart that was the most delicious food I had on the entire vacation. It was scrumptious!

It was almost dark when we left the restaurant, but Kai wanted to walk around the small town to catch Pokemon. It was pitch dark by the time we got back to the hotel, but he had fun.

Next, we will spend the day exploring the National Park.


  1. That hat looks good on your wife. Kai had made a good choice with his meal. Even though I had just eaten...that food made me hungry again.

    I love seeing the actual places where famous people have been, lived, or worked. It gives such a feel for history. I am looking forwards to seeing your next place. You are having a great vacation.

    1. My wife got the hat at Buc-cee's, the truckstop I wrote about that is on the way to San Antonio. She looks like a Texas cowgirl with it!

      Kai enjoyed the chicken, though he also enjoyed tastes from our meals as well, and he really gobbled up the dessert. We were sharing one, but he had about three-fourths of it, ha!

      Texas has such a rich history; we are enjoying seeing and learning more about it.

  2. I always enjoy hearing about your vacations!


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