We’re DINKs!

I learned a new hysterical, yet fitting, term recently. DINK-Double Income No Kids. At this point in our lives we are choosing to embrace this term and spend some of that double income on our next adventure.

In just 3 short weeks (hopefully, if the school Gods are smiling down upon us teachers) we will be ON SEA TIME, headed to Mexico!

This cruise is basically the same as the other we took but no complaints here. Five days of food, drinks, sun and sand, I can’t wait!

I’ll keep y’all posted on the itinerary but until then, wish us DINKs luck, we need it to make it spring break!

‘Tis’ the Season in San Antonio

Okay, I’ll admit it, I’m slightly obsessed with Christmas and all it encompasses. I love the beautifully decorated trees, the sparking lights, the perfectly wrapped gifts, the nostalgia of Christmas as a kid, heck I even like the corny Christmas shirts! I’m just in love with the whole Christmas season and I want to experience it in every way possible!

When I saw everyone posting on the IGs about the San Antonio Riverwalk Christmas lights I knew we had to check it out for ourselves, and it was definitely worth it.

Now we’re not new to SA by any means; Six Flags, Seaworld, Market Square, The Alamo, The Riverwalk, Beerfest, birthdays, bachelorette parties, the list of San Antonio adventures goes on and on. We’ve been to SA so many times I’ve lost count, but this was the first time we’ve seen the city sparkle and shine with the Christmas spirit and it did not disappoint.

We’re pretty touristy when we visit San Antonio and we started this little overnight adventure at Market Square. For those of you that have never been, Market Square is a great place to shop, eat, watch street performers, and experience something new.

During the wonderful Christmas season Market Square was decorated with poinsettias, lights, and a giant Christmas tree. We had a great afternoon shopping and people watching.

After Market Square we took our cliche touristy selves down to the Riverwalk to see the lights. Once again, San Antonio did not disappoint with their Christmas flare. From the trees to the river,the whole area was dripping with lights. No matter how many pictures I attempted, I just couldn’t capture the beauty of the Riverwalk Christmas Lights. It’s something y’all will just have to experience yourself!

Another successful adventure for Messy Bun and The Bearded One ❤️🎄

Christmas in Gruene

Last weekend we were fortunate enough to get away from it all and bask in the Christmas spirit of Gruene, TX. Not only is Gruene our favorite little getaway, but there’s always so much to see and do. We were able to enjoyed the Christmas festivities including:

  • watch the Pony Express ride into town
  • shop at the Ole Gruene Christmas Trade Market
  • hear Christmas carols for a local choir
  • and my favorite, witness Kris Kringle light up the town

Gruene already holds a special place in my heart, and when you combine that love with the spirit of Christmas, it became a magical vacation.

I would definitely recommend Gruene to anyone who hasn’t been. Even if you can’t make it for a special holiday event, this special little town is chock full of love and adventure.

Check out some of our favorites when you plan you visit!

  • Check in to Gruene River Inn for fabulous service, rustic decor, jacuzzi tubs, and unbeatable river views
  • Dance at Gruene Hall (this is mandatory)
  • Grab a pizza and listen to some music at Infernos Pizza
  • Have a Batman and Robin at Mozies while you snack on their amazing garlic fries
  • Shop shop shop!
  • Sample some wine at the Grapevine (try the blackberry)
  • Shop at the Gruene Olive and sample their innovative oil and vinegar blends
  • Share apps or have dinner at The Gruene River Grill
  • And finish the night enjoying free music at the outdoor venue Oma’s Secret Garden (recently renovated)

I hope you fall in love with Gruene just like me and my Bearded One ❤️

Gruene River Inn Views

Wine at he Grapevine

Gruene Hall

Kris Kringle Lighting the Town

Oma’s

A Much Needed Weekend Away

Gruene, Texas, my favorite little town.

This weekend we finally decided to get away and head to my happy place, Gruene. Situated on the banks of the Guadalupe River, home to “Texas’ Oldest Dance Hall” , and notorious for historic shopping and live music, I am in love.

This perfect little town is chock-full of history, music, and memories for me and my bearded wonder. This is the place where I was asked to become a Mrs, I discovered acceptance and love from strangers, I two-stepped without a care in the world, I discovered my favorite wine, and continue to build my adventures.

We’ve never experienced this perfect little town in the winter and although we’ve been here for less than 5 hours, I’m already overwhelmed with the holiday spirit.

I can’t wait for tomorrow adventures! We plan to welcome the original Pony Express, shop the artisan Christmas market, and cheer on Kris Kringle as he arrives on horseback to spread a little Christmas magic.

Stay tuned, my heart is full tonight ❤️

Where to?

Sometimes with the hustle and bustle of life we lose track of the things that truly make us happy, for us, that’s traveling. Like any good travel enthusiast you have to plan your next adventure, and that’s where I’m stuck!

In a world so rich with history, beauty and mystery, how do we decide our next big (or little) adventure?

Where shall we go next?

What should we do?

Beach? Mountains? Prairies?

I can honestly say I’ve never had a bad vacation…so why is this next trip planning stumping me?

As I sit here overwhelmed with ideas and possibilities I realize it’s not necessarily the destination I’m dreaming of, it’s the adventure itself.

Stay tuned for our next adventure…

Road Trip: Morro Bay

Morro Bay, California was one of our favorite destinations on this trip. It is a quiet, picturesque bay town with so much to do and see. We spent our days there walking along the pier and taking in all of the sites and sounds we don’t experience back home.

First of all the weather was amazing, actually, it was slightly cold. When we arrived it was a beautiful 72 degrees and as soon as that sun went down it was in the 50s. I had to buy a hoodie in one of the gift shops along the Embarcadero (which is basically a boardwalk). Also along the Embarcadero you will discover all kinds of shops, restaurants, bars, and rental places for boats, kayaks, paddle boards etc. We thoroughly enjoyed listening to the sea lions and watching the otters as we strolled through the bay on our way to the beach.

Our beach day was quite an adventure in itself. It turned out to be very cloudy and about 58 degrees. We knew the Pacific was cold but it was too cold to get in that day!Although it was too cold, the water was crystal clear; you could see all the way down to the bottom along the piers.

This small bay town was very well taken care of, pristinely clean, not over crowded, family friendly, and very affordable. We loved it so much that we have plans to return in the future.

View from our Air B&B

Beautiful Clear Water

Sunset Over Morro Rock

Beautiful Sunset the First Night

Fog Covered the Bay Day 2

Morro Rock is Way Bigger Up Close

Foggy Beach Day

Enjoying the Beach Despite the Chilly Weather

Foggy Beach Day

Last Night, We had so much fun!

Tip: Although there are several places to eat we really enjoyed Libertine Pub, especially their clam chowder!

Road Trip: California Beaches

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Imperial Beach: Beautiful beach, beach shops, great pier, lots to do and see

It was really busy the afternoon we went, they were preparing for a festival the next day. The weather was overcast the day we visited as well but we were able to see he beginning of the sand castle tournaments. I really enjoyed the small beach town, there was so much to do!

Imperial Beach

Imperial Beach Sandcastle Competition

Silver Strand State Beach: Not very crowded, beautiful views, clean sand, clear water

We spent about 3 hours relaxing on this beach. We packed up the car with our beach chairs, novels, and cooler and spent a fabulous morning on the beach people watching. This beach is located in Coronado, which is another gorgeous beach town.

Silver Strand State Beach

Silver Strand State Beach

La Jolla: crowded, but worth the parking hassle for the amazing views

We stopped by La Jolla on the way to LA just to see what all the hype was about. The recreational beach part was very crowded and there was no where to park. We drove a little farther down the beach and found parking in the perfect location for a few picture ops.

La Jolla

La Jolla
The Bearded One on the Bluffs at La Jolla
La Jolla

Torrey Pines Black’s Beach: low-key, not crowded at all, relaxed atmosphere

We stopped by Black’s beach on the way out just to check out the views. We saw tons of paragliders soaring from the cliffs. It was a pretty cool sight to see, especially up close. Also note, Black’s is known for topless tanning.

The Santa Monica Pier

I’ve visited the pier a few years ago but it was in November and it was nothing compared to this experience. The pier was full of people, but didn’t feel overly crowded. It is one of my favorite locations in CA and I can’t really explain why. The people, the activities, the shops, the performers, the food and the views….I love it all ❤️

Road Trip: California

California Part One: San Diego

So folks, we’ve been in California for the past five days and we’re pretty much in love. The ocean, the beautiful weather, the endless exploration …what’s not to love? (Okay well maybe the traffic sucks but that’s an entirely different blog)

We started our trip off in San Diego. I found the perfect little Air B&B guest house in the South Park neighborhood and we settled down there for 3 days.

While in San Diego we checked out the zoo, the beaches, and Old Town. I’m not a huge zoo fan but the San Diego Zoo lives up to its reputation, it was beautiful. There was so much too see and it was prestigiously clean and well taken care of. We cover the majority of the park in about 4 hours.

After our zoo adventure we drove down to the beaches to decide where we wanted to spend the next day. We started with Imperial Beach which was gorgeous. I really enjoyed the small beach town as well but it was packed. The whole town was preparing for the annual Surf and Sun Festival the following day. We were able to see the beginning of the sand castle competition and walk along the pier.

Although Imperial Beach and Pier was awesome, we decided it would be too packed the following day. Our beach day was spent at Silver Strand Beach and it was perfect. We arrived pretty early, way before the crowds and spent about 3 hours enjoying the sun, sand, and ocean breeze.

Old Town was our last stop in San Diego. After doing a little research we learned all about the history of Old Town. It was the very first settlement in SD. You can walk around the historic park, enjoy the old buildings with their individual stories to tell, and learn about the history of Old Town with the many costumed employees.

Fun fact: Old Town is also the home of The Whaley House, which is known as one of the most haunted places in the US.

We had a spectacular time in San Diego and would definitely return. Three days went nearly enough time to visit everything the city had to offer!

*After leaving SD we drove up the coast and stopped at several beaches along the way. Beaches photo blog coming up next!

Road Trip: New Mexico-Arizona-California

Well ladies and gentlemen, we’ve covered quite some ground in the last 24 hours. We’ve seen the white sands in New Mexico, the organ pipe cacti in Arizona and we will arrive on the pacific coast of California this evening. We have been pleasantly overwhelmed by the beauty of nature on this trip and we’ve used every opportunity to stop and explore. An hour detour here, 30 minutes there, every extra minutes and mile was well worth it.

White Sands National Monument

We knew a little ahead of time we wanted to see the white sands in New Mexico and we couldn’t have picked a better day. When we arrived it was about 68 degrees and the views were stunning. While we explore all these places we always take the time to learn a little about the history. The white sands aren’t technically sand, they are white gypsum and they’ve been around for over 8,000 years. There are over 275 square miles of white gypsum dunes and a large portion of them are enjoyed by visitors from all over. I visited here as a child but I really didn’t remember much of it. As an adult, it’s completely mesmerizing and I’m still impressed by the park overall.

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

Our next stop was Tucson Arizona. We didn’t really do much in Tucson, except eat some bomb-ass pizza at a little place called Dry River Pizza and Beer. After that we spent the evening researching things to do in AZ. The Bearded One found Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument and was determined to see these cacti. It was slightly out of the way but well worth it. The desert terrain is nothing like we’d imagined it would be. It’s full of unique vegetation, most of which we’ve never really seen before.

We’ve already seen quite a lot and can’t wait to explore California next. We will be in San Diego for the next few days and then up the coast from there!