Texas, thanks for the hospitality!

Trip Start Apr 04, 2011
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Trip End Jun 14, 2011


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Alamo KOA

Flag of United States  , Texas
Tuesday, April 19, 2011

On our last day in San Antonio, decided to check out the Japanese Tea Garden which is part of a much larger park that includes a small train that runs throughout and the zoo. While it is in the midst of a $1.5 million renovation, most of it is still open. The ponds are located in a former rock quarry which lends itself well to some pretty spectacular natural landscaping. As further proof that everything really is bigger in Texas, the koi fish here were probably the biggest that you'll ever see. We enjoyed walking around the scenic garden but with the temperatures rising and approaching the mide 90s we decided to head back to camp for lunch and dip in the pool. We spent the rest of the afternoon relaxing there and trying not to get burnt, successful at each. We took a walk by the river later in the evening where Derek had recently seen some ducks spending some time trying to stay cool themselves but at that moment there were none to be seen. This became clear later as we watched one walking through the campground a little farther off as it got closer and closer it was clear that it had found eactly what it was looking for...Derek. He waddled right up to the both of us and seemed to be convinced that Derek had something to share with him. As we had already a run in with a particularly fearless squirrel earlier in the morning which had chewed through our pancake mix in the time it took me to throw a dress over my head we were a bit wary of additional wildlife. But the duck was certainly keen on Derek and was not taking no for an answer. When he would speak to him he would wag his tail and sit down directly at his feet. It seems Derek is fluent in English, French and Mallard. He eventually had to lead him out in a Hansel and Gretel type fashion using a squished hamburger bun, then we were back on track for dinner. After clean up we mostly got camp packed up and ready to go as it was going to be one of longest drives the next day leaving San Antonio and heading to The Big Easy!
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