Houston to San Antonio

Trip Start Jun 21, 2007
Trip End Jun 24, 2007

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Thursday, June 21, 2007

So after finally escaping our offices, we started out on our mini anniversary vacation.  After a pretty non-eventful drive down I-10, we decided to stop in Luling, TX for Bar-B-Que.  Our stop in Luling just happened to coincide with the annual Luling Watermelon Thump .  While we were eating our dinner, everyone in the restaurant was talking about the festival and the crowning of the "Thump Queen."  Since it seemed like such a big deal, Rick and I decided to go check it out.  We arrived at the main pavilion just in time to witness the coronation of the queen.    It was definitely a big deal in such a small town to be deemed the winner, at least judging by the sour looks the others girls gave the new queen.  The best part was when they were leaving the stage, the losers had to stand before the new queen and bow to her before they could leave.  Ouch!  After the coronation, we wandered around the "Thump," which was pretty much like your typical county fair, only with less livestock and more watermelons.    So after enjoying a beer, a cold slice of melon, and some interesting people watching, we decided to be on our way. 

Ok, so I am cheap.  When we decided to just spend the night in San Antonio on Thursday, I looked at hotels, and pretty much they were all $100+ a night.  I thought "I don't want to spend that much money to just sleep in a bed for a few hours."  So I looked online and found a place for about $50.  I looked at the reviews of the place on Tripadvisor, and everyone who stayed there said it wasn't much to look at on the outside, but it was clean and quiet and a great deal for the money.  It sounded goo to me, since most of the $100+ hotels got bad reviews (bugs, dirty sheets, etc...)  So I booked a room at the American Motel.  Ok, the word motel should have tipped me off.  I now know there is a big difference between MO-tel and HO-tel.  We pulled up to the place at about 9:00.  Rick's exact thought was "Oh, God please don't let this be it."  Oh, it was.  They said it didn't look like much from the outside, and they weren't kidding.  And it was much to look at from the inside, either.  At least there wasn't a dead prostitute in the bed (as Rick put it) and it was clean and quiet.  The furniture in the room looked like it had been gathered at a yard sale.  It wasn't horrible, but it wasn't exactly romantic, either.  I can't believe I booked this place for us to stay on the night of our anniversary, but Rick and I had a good laugh about it.  Next time I think I will spring for a $100 hotel.  Happy anniversary, sweetie.
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