Departure (Mission Inn, south San Antonio): 9:05 a.m.
Breakfast: IHOP. Not local, but we don't have this at home (and it was very convenient this morning).
Sight-seeing: The Alamo and the River Walk area in San Antonio. We really enjoyed both of these places, and the weather was lovely for strolling -- overcast and 70-75ish. Unfortunately, we did not see downtown San Antonio at night when it was all lit up (we were just too tired to venture out after finding our motel the night before), but in the morning we did see a lot of Christmas decorations, including a huge decorated tree in front of The Alamo.
Purchased: At The Alamo gift shop the girls bought: a little black stuffed horse in a tiny pink purse for Georgia, Texas Longhorn earrings for Madeline, and a pewter-like compact mirror with The Alamo emblem for Sophia. I bought the girls their 2009 Christmas ornaments: a limited edition "The Alamo in Winter" ornament for Georgia, a rustic flat metal horse for Madeline, and wire star wound with turquoise, coral, and silver beads for Sophia. I love these ornaments! They nicely represent our Christmas this year.
Departure (downtown San Antonio): 12:40 p.m.
Stops: George West, highway rest stop.
Arrival (Weslaco): 5:00 p.m.
Distance traveled: 401 km
Total distance traveled: 3399 km (when we pulled into the drive-way at Donna and Lou's, this was the number on the GPS unit that tracked our trip)
Activities: The girls were in the pool within 30 minutes of our arrival at Trails End retirement community (mobile homes and RVs). A heated outdoor pool is just a couple hundred feet from Donna and Lou's mobile home. It's wonderful! After supper, we attended the Trails End Christmas concert. (The hall is just across the street from "our" place, too. Very handy!) Lou sang with the choir of about 36 people. We enjoyed the Christmas songs and musical entertainment. At the end of the concert, Santa arrived and he had gifts for Sophia, Madeline, and Georgia (and a few other children in attendance). The girls were absolutely delighted and they loved their gifts: The Great Maestro Show magic kit for Sophia, Laminate 'n' Create Design Studio for Madeline, and Paint & Play Princess (plaster figurines) for Georgia. Sophia was very impressed that Santa gave her a magic kit because she wanted one very much but she had forgotten she wanted one. Santa is so smart!
Proof that billboard advertising works: Two hours after seeing a billboard for Michelob Ultra Lime Cactus beer, I was enjoying a cold one. I like it!