Miranda’s family is fortunate enough to have a ranch in Texas that was passed down through her family. We took this opportunity to head down to the ranch and experience the real Texas landscape and to see what she grew up in. The ranch is in a remote part of the world, very few human footprints can be seen for miles. It was such a beautiful sight. We hiked around, I was in awe of the plant life – a lot of things I had never seen before; large cacti, nifty live oaks (which aren’t like what we have here in Wilmington), brush, buffalo grass – just to name a few.
The weirdest thing was the cactus in a tree — apparently birds can take the needles and deposit them on the tree branch and if conditions are right, voila! a cactus will take root in a tree. Amazing.
Another great thing about the ranch is the free-range cows. The cows were awesome, I think I bonded with them. They are such gentle creatures and I think it helped that I had pellets to feed them. Despite my love for the bovine, I still love steak.
I got to experience new things: riding a 4 wheeler, climbing a windmill and seeing a wild armadillo. I am not very good at riding a 4 wheeler – I can drive a manual no problem, but shifting gears smoothly evaded me. Both Miranda and I feared for our lives and all I could think of was how far away we were from a trauma center. There were several windmills on the ranch to pump water for the cows. Miranda climbed so high! I, a well established rock climber, only got about 10 feet off the ground cuz my vertigo kicked in and I wasn’t tied in, nor did I trust the windmill. It was my only let down of the trip. On our way out we saw the armadillo – we chased this little guy, but he got away. Fast little suckers! I didn’t see a roadrunner, but I think I will save that for my next trip.
After a long day at the ranch, we headed back to her house and cleaned up for a night downtown on the Riverwalk in San Antonio. As it turns out, the river walk was closed! They were doing the yearly drain of the river to clean it and all the stores and restaurants were closed. We were so bummed! So we stopped at the Marriott and asked the front desk for their recommendation of a good Mexican restaurant. They suggested Rosario’s and so Adelle lead the way. The atmosphere was great, the food was wonderful, and the margarita I ordered had a lot of tequila in it. I had my 1st chalupa and it was amazing! I would totally go back! It was a nice way to end my visit to Miranda’s corner of the world.
But my adventure wasn’t over yet.
It had only begun.