Medina Lake, Texas (8/5 – 8/22)

By / September 4, 2016 / Travel Log

After an epic 3400 mile drive, we were excited to park and not move for a couple weeks! Between the hot and humid weather here and fatigue from our mega journey, we’re feeling pretty unmotivated. It felt good to not have anywhere to go or anything pressing to do. Finally…relaxation!

Cathy gets more driving time on our long journey.

The campground is huge with a large section of sites near the lake, and another section on elevated ground closer to the pool and laundry facilities. We chose the elevated area which was also quieter. Our site is long and wide with plenty of room to park our car, and has an overhang of trees to help shade the coach. There are tons of rabbits and deer here, including a lot of babies.

Our spacious campsite

The Spettel Riverside House is a Texas Historic Landmark that was relocated from an area on the river, which is now underwater in Medina Lake, to the campground near the pool.

Nice pool to keep us cool; Historic Spettel Riverside House in the background.

The deer are everywhere here! We saw about 50-60 a day.

The sun sets on Medina Lake.

Because of our power-hungry air conditioner, we had to venture outside the coach to do laundry. The campground facilities looked pretty sketchy at night, but they got the job done.

With the intense temperatures, our air conditioning ran at full steam 24/7, and hogged most of our 30 amp power supply. Even with the shade from the trees and our awnings, the blinds drawn, and most of the lights out, our air conditioning still struggled to keep up. Thankfully, the pool and air-conditioned clubhouse were there to cool us off.

Our original plan would have placed us in the northern states in August, but a family wedding led us to Texas instead. We were very excited to host more family in the RV. Cathy’s sister, Rosie, made her 5th visit to our coach! She brought along three of her daughters and one of our nieces. Although our five guests fit in the RV, some of them didn’t sleep very comfortably the first night. We made some adjustments the second night, and everyone slept much better. Their plan was to stay with us for two nights, and then move to a hotel closer to the airport and wedding location. While they were here, we took advantage of the pool during the day, and the air conditioning and space of the clubhouse at night. Good times!

Between the pull out couch, the padded bench seat, and the reclining passenger seat, we managed to sleep 5 extra bodies! Big Orange settled for the driver’s seat that night.

We took advantage of the air-conditioned clubhouse for nighttime fun and games.

The pool was a lifesaver against the San Antonio heat.

Underwater antics

Nighttime snuggles in the RV

Love these girls! ❤

Big Orange always wants in on snuggle time!

As the wedding weekend neared, more family came into town. We walked along the Riverwalk for as much as we could tolerate in the heat of the day, and then met up at a restaurant on the Riverwalk at night. Cathy’s cousin, John, who lives in San Antonio (and who most of us hadn’t seen since the 80s!), picked a great restaurant and joined us all for dinner. We were excited that all of the Briere siblings were able to make it, even the groom! It was great to catch up and have everyone together in the same place.

Taking a break from the heat along the River Walk near the Pearl District

Dinner with all of the Briere siblings, about half of the nephews/nieces, and cousin John

The historic Alamo

The San Antonio River Walk at night

 

The following day we got together for the main event, the marriage of Cathy’s brother Bill to our new sister-in-law, Jew-Lee. Bill’s daughters (our nieces) flew in that morning, so we were excited to see them as well. The wedding took place at night in a nicely air-conditioned church with a lovely reception following.

The Mr. and Mrs. with the girls

Pre-wedding pics with some of the fam

Nine of our nieces/nephews from Cathy’s side were able to make it to the wedding.

The bride and groom with the rest of the fam

Bill’s girls, Ali and Ani, perform at the reception

Bill and Jew-Lee enjoy the performance.

The Briere siblings in birth order from left to right

With Mary Ann and our nieces and nephews

Cathy with some of the nieces

 

We had such a good time with family, but it went by way too fast. By the next day, everyone had left town to return home.  We took advantage of the downtime to stock up on groceries, do some batch cooking, catch up on laundry, and chill with some movies. It had been sunny, hot, and humid since we arrived, but once the wedding was over and everyone was gone, the rains moved in and temps dropped into the 70s!

Saying goodbye to Ali and Ani as they head off to the airport

…and the rain moves in

Taking advantage of downtime to do some batch cooking/food prep for the week

The rain pooled on our awnings and slides, so Jon got up on the roof to sweep it off.

 

We finally connected with Jon’s uncle and aunt (who Jon hadn’t seen in over 40 years!) and one of his cousins who lived just outside San Antonio. We met half way for lunch and had a great time catching up. We hope to pass through their area on our way back to Arizona for the holidays.

Catching up over lunch with Jon’s Auntie Lynn, Uncle Rey, Cousin Don and his family

Before we left, we headed back into San Antonio for one more day of sightseeing at the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park.

Mission Concepcion

The missions still function as churches today

Mission San Jose

 

Exploring the grounds of Mission San Jose

 

As we mentioned before, we took a major detour from our original plan by driving to the wedding in Texas, so now it is time to pick up where we left off. Our original plans put us in Maine for the changing of the leaves, so we’ll head northwest and make our way there over the next 3 or 4 weeks. Our next stop will be outside of Dallas at the Thousand Trails campground at Lake Whitney.

The cats find new and exciting things at every campground!

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