USA – West South Central (Texas & Oklahoma)

After our weekend getaway to Los Angeles, we were back to our camper van to continue our road trip. From New Orleans, we drove to Houston, Texas where we spent time reconnecting with old friends – Mike and Andrea from our Antarctica trip, Charlotte from 141 Signal, and Brent from West Point. Our first impression of Houston was positive as we were introduced to Texas BBQ which lives up to the hype! It is seriously tasty and we will have to watch what we eat as we are packing on the pounds with all this good food. From Houston, we made our way to San Antonio where we did a bit of sightseeing: the mission churches of San Antonio (to include the most famous one, the Alamo), and the River Walk. We were also able to link up with a SPAWAR colleague Ernesto Brux and his lovely wife Elenida before heading towards Austin. Our army buddy Todd Armstrong showed us around this vibrant city and we quickly saw the appeal. Luckily for us, there was a Pecan Festival on Sixth Street while we were there, so we got to stuff ourselves silly with food and drink during an afternoon of fun. From Austin, we drove north to Killeen where we met up with a fellow contractor from Afghanistan, Joe Ochoa. He and his wife, Rachel, treated us to a Cinco de Mayo feast of beef brisket accompanied with all the trimmings. What a gluttonous feast! From Killeen, we finally bid adieu to Texas and drove north to Oklahoma. Our friends from Germany, Steve and Barb Witt, live in Ardmore and we enjoyed an afternoon catching up with them. Next up is an adventure to Missouri before we drive to Kansas and Colorado so stay tuned.


29 Apr: Drive to Houston
30 Apr: Houston
1 May: Houston
2 May: Houston to San Antonio
3 May: San Antonio to Austin
4 May: Austin
5 May: Austin to Killeen
6 May: Depart Texas, enter Oklahoma. Drive to Ardmore
7 May: Ardmore to Claremore

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