Sunday, March 24, 2013

Deep in the Heart of TEXAS!

Hi!  Tina here from Not Just Another Mother Blogger!

Remember way back to last month, when I received an interesting package from Australia?    Turns out that I received one of the Traveling Stones from my friend Red over at Amazing Australian Adventures!  I was so excited, and determined to show the stone a rollicking good time.  When I say that the traveling stone I received earned some mileage, I mean it.

I put the items in my purse and was off to explore the wide world, and off we went.  The Kiddie Park was especially fun, except that I got nauseated watching the Merry-Go-Round.  I HATE when that happens!

Kiddie Park, San Antonio, Texas

While at the Kiddie Park, I noticed a few issues.  The stone was continually rolling about in the box.  Also, the little boomerang that Red sent along would not fit into the box, and was often relegated to the bottom of my purse.  I decided that this would not do...and I went into problem solver mode!

I felt that the tiny pearl was likely to fall out of the box and then disappear, which would have been a catastrophe of epic proportions, not to mention embarrassing for my country!   So, I got out my jewelry making tools and prettied things up a bit, adding a decorative bow and a place where someone might put a safety pin.  Perhaps a person might want to safety pin the pearl to their shirt for a night out on the town?

It was necessary to find a box big enough to carry the coin, the boomerang, and the pearl.  It just didn't seem fair to leave the boomerang at home after it had traveled all the way from Australia, so I hunted for a bit for just the right box, and then spent a little time securing everything for safekeeping.

Then I had to find me a helper, since my arms are just not long enough to hold up the box and snap a photo. Luckily, this particular helper was easily bribed persuaded with cookies.

With all that taken care of ,  it was time to head back out, box of travelers in hand. We went to the Riverwalk, San Antonio's most 'romantic' spot, where all the tourists hang out.  We hopped on a boat ride to avoid some of the crowds along the edge. Also, since there's no guard rail along the river, I had visions of my son attempting to walk on water in order to visit one of the ducks that live along the water's edge.

As we floated, I took the opportunity to show the stones a good time.

Some weird statue thing that was a gift from Mexico.  I think it is art.

Riding along the River Walk, Downtown San Antonio
Adina De Zavala was one of the people who wanted to preserve the Alamo, so they gave her a plaque, and named a street after her.

Of course, we could not leave the downtown area without visiting the most sacred shrine in Texas, the icon of our state.  Texas was an actual, honest-to-God independent country prior to joining up with the United States, and we are proud of our independent streak and what we had to do to get there.  The Alamo was originally a mission, and the main part was a church. Of course, that made zero difference to all those guys fighting to the death over it, but today the Alamo is indeed a shrine, which means that a hushed silence pervades the place out of respect.  The other missions in San Antonio don't get nearly the same amount of visitors!
The Alamo, San Antonio, Texas
We didn't just go traipsing all over the downtown area.  We also took the stones to a landmark hamburger joint, Biff Buzby's, for some righteous hamburgers.  We probably should have gone to a place that served more of the local cuisine, known as Tex-Mex, but I was craving a cheeseburger!

Hanging with Biff Buzby, Live Oak, Texas
The travelers and I spent the last day of our spring break at a kid's place, Chuck E Cheese, where the pizza and the beer made up for the fact that I would have to go back to work on Monday.
These guys won all those tickets. Really.

But our time is at an end, and the stone and her friends must be moving on to their next exciting adventure!  The next blogger who gets to host the stone is Dionne over at Raw Christian. Dionne graciously volunteered to host the stone and her friends at her home state of Utah.  I have never been to Colorado, but I've heard things about forests and wildlife and Bigfoot, and I'm looking forward to seeing her plans for the stone!

Raw Christian


  1. Fun to read where Red's stones ended up! We love San Antonio!

  2. LOVE what you've done with that stone - puts me to shame really!!! I think the other stone is in India by now, so they are taking very different paths!

  3. This is fantastic! Thanks so much for being such a good sport Tina and sharing such fantastic photos! Your little helper is adorable!

    Colorado Springs is beautiful, that's the only part of Colorado I've seen and I'm looking forward to seeing a bit more of this beautiful State!

    To date, this pink pearl started out in Alberta Canada, traveled to England then off to Australia and now has made it to Texas USA! And one of the other stones is in India, wonder how that one is working out? Red have you heard any news yet if it's made it there or not?

    Have a wonderful week ladies! Cheers.

  4. Hi again and thank you for the email, I look forward to receiving this back and possibly starting another journey with this stone! Cheers.

  5. I wish I could remember how to log in here to update on these stones, the one made it back to me, where the other one is I have no idea. I'll see if I can figure out how to log back in on this site and post photos when I sort it out.

    Thank you all who participated in this, I had fun with it and I hope you did as well!