San Antonio or Bust


Back in February, we received official word that the Army would be sending us to San Antonio, Texas this summer. We never would have chosen the The Lone Star state ourselves but that is part of the adventure of relocating at the whim of the Army. Not only is San Antonio the place where barbed wire dazzled folks at Alamo Plaza in 1876 during a promotional herding of longhorns (thus inspiring an alarming number of arm tattoos), it also home to the Menger Hotel, where Theodore Roosevelt recruited the Rough Riders. Not too shabby for the seventh most populated city in the United States.



Like all of other places we’ve lived, we’re determined to make the best of our time Texas. While we’re not crazy about the lack of mountains, snow, and natural bodies of water in the immediate vicinity, we are excited about the food (oh my goodness – the tacos!), the historic market square, Pearl Brewery, Fiesta, Texas Hill County, the Riverwalk, the proximity to Austin, and the list goes on…(did I mention the tacos?). And with a yearly average temperature of 79 degrees, our sub-zero-tested winter coats will likely be on hiatus for the next two years. We will only be a few hours from the Gulf of Mexico so at least we’ll have the ocean somewhat close during the ridiculously long h0t and humid summers.



Mark Twain famously stated that there are only four unique cities in the United States: New Orleans, San Antonio, Boston, and San Francisco. San Antonio has been labeled as a cultural crossroad because of the Spanish, English, and German influences throughout the city and Texas Hill Country. Speaking of which, Texas Hill Country is a 25-county area between San Antonio and Austin (the state itself has 254 counties!) comprised of rolling hills, green (!) trees, rivers, tributaries, and caverns. I’m really looking forward to hiking in and around that area – like Old Baldy in Garner State Park.



In my research of our new city, I’ve come across “Keep San Antonio Lame” in comparison to the famed “Keep Austin Weird” expression. While we’re not residents yet, from what I’ve seen, San Antonio is hardly lame. We may have no idea where we are living, what day we’re moving, what schools the kids will attend, or even technically how long we will live there, but San Antonio is beginning to feel like home. Well – for at least a couple of years.


11 thoughts on “San Antonio or Bust

  1. As someone who was raised in San Antonio, that city is anything but lame if you just choose to find the hidden gems! My favorite places are Gruene, canyon lake, Enchanted Rock, Luckenbach and I have yet to be to Fredricksburg but I’ve heard great things about it and it’s wineries! There is plenty of stuff to do that will keep you from getting bored.

    1. I love hidden gems and look forward to finding them in the San Antonio area. You will become my resident San Antonio expert to answer any questions! 🙂

      1. I would love that! 😀 Also I have a childhood friend whose name is also Karen and husband is miltary and they live right outside ( in the hill country) that I can put you in touch with. They are a beautiful family with 4 kiddos. 😀

  2. Let’s have a chat before you decide to go to Corpus Christi on the Gulf. I went two years ago for work and it was … less than desirable 😉

    1. Good to know! I’ve had people tell me about a couple of lesser known beaches that are super nice and secluded. We hope to check one of those out soon after arriving.

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