Retirement Celebration Land Cruise (Days 7 and 8)

June 16, 2017, 1:00 PM, San Antonio

Well, I am back home now. It was a wonderful little vacation. I had a great time at all three locations.

Day 7

I woke up close to seven AM with Rachel by my side. It was nice to have her spend the night after the retirement celebration at Brewdawgz. I drank a quick cup of coffee and got dressed so we could go on a hike before Rachel headed back to San Antonio.

Our walk was about four miles. The weather was great for it. It was cool and too muggy. Rachel let me lead the way, so the pace was good for me. She likes to walk a lot faster than I do.

We got back and cooled off in the trailer for awhile. Then Rachel packed up her things and left.

I ate my leftovers from Brewdawgz for breakfast. I also ate a carrot bundt cake that Rachel had brought me the day before. Then I took a nap.

I took another short hike until about 1:30 PM. Then I cleaned up and headed get gas and eat lunch at Brewdawgz. I realized that I had enough gas in the tank to go about 150, so I decided to skip that and went straight to eat. They had a special- barbecued short ribs, beans, and potato salad. I went with that because their BBQ is awesome. He gets such a good smokey flavor in his meats.

My server was the lady who is usually there when I visit. I think she is a manager, because I know she told me she handles the beer orders with the vendors. I told her about the retirement celebration and how awesome the server was. Turns out the server, Jesse, is her daughter. Her mom hired her on a trial basis, and the retirement celebration was only her second day! My comments from the celebration (I messaged Brewdawgz about it) nailed the job for her. She had called her mom right after we all left and told her about the huge crowd she had to handle. She was excited because she got great tips. Rachel and I gave her $200 because she was so wonderful, and because I felt guilty for slamming her with an unexpected party of 20. To be fair, I warned them that we were coming. Back in April, I told the mom from above and she said she was putting it on the calendar. Then I sent a message to them as a reminder earlier this week. It wasn't a problem. Jesse handled it like a seasoned pro. The kitchen took a while, but we ordered a lot of food. I bought at least 20 appetizers for my guests, and everyone had a meal.

After lunch, I went back to the camper and took another nap. Naps are becoming a thing with me. I'm starting to understand why my Grandpop did it every day. He would come home from work, Grandmom would through a cover on the bed, and he would nap in his dirty work clothes until she called him to clean up for dinner.

I took one last hike before it got dark. Then I sat in the camper watching movies on You tube until bedtime. For some reason, Amazon Prime refused to work.

Day 8

Well, I actually slept until 7:30 AM. I didn't get up right away. I wanted to take my time on my last morning of the trip. I finally had to get up to heed nature's call and make some coffee.

I spent from 8:30 to 10:00 casually packing up, stowing the gear that gets used on a trip, and doing the prep work like emptying the fridge, vacuuming, cleaning the bathroom, washing up dishes, dumping the tanks, and stowing all the outside gear (hoses, stabilizer pads, etc.) It was nice to pack up so slowly and casually.

By 10:15 AM, I was on the road. The ride home was totally uneventful, just the way I like it. At Packrats, I did the usual stuff, except that I put my new battery just inside the door of the trailer.

I got to the house and took a nice hot shower and changed into my comfy at home clothes. Rachel is in New Braunsfels with friends. Jared is quiet in his room. The dogs are curled up beside me. I'm just chillin'!