24 Hours in San Antonio
I visited the beautiful city of San Antonio, TX over the weekend for a brief 24 hours. About 8 weeks ago I was saying my goodbyes to my childhood friend Cameron "Crenshaw" Meyers, who was leaving to basic training the next day. It was an emotional moment to say the least — I knew that from that point on, nothing would ever be the same as it was when we were younger. I swore to him that I would be there for his graduation, no matter what it took.
Fast forward 5 weeks later, and I received a call from his mother informing me that there was a Lackland Air Force Bass pass with my name written on it for the morning of his graduation. Within hours, I booked a flight and hotel in San Antonio for that weekend.
Upon arriving in the city on Friday, I immediately noticed how HUGE everything in Texas is. People aren't kidding when they say that. The streets are wider, freeways are massive, and even normal-sized buildings seem to tower into the vast space. What really contributes to the illusion of size is definitely how widespread everything is — not once did I ever feel suffocated or enclosed as I often do in California.
Having never visited Texas before, the scenery was a beauty that was new to me. The great massive expanse of green trees and Spanish-influenced architecture gave the city a quaint "small town" soul with the robustness of a large metropolitan population. Everything was so clean and pure, yet strong and edgy in its own right.
I met up with Cameron and his family at the Esquire Tavern in Downtown San Antonio to find that he hasn't changed a bit. He's the same ol' soul that I grew up with since the 6th grade. This was refreshing to me; it reinforced the fact that he is exactly where he belongs.
Cameron's family was kind enough to allow me to accompany them during their outings for the next day, and together we checked out the various San Antonio sights including the River Walk and (the front of) the Alamo. It was a wonderful experience to be able to explore a small part this city, and it surely has found its place on my list of places to revisit sometime in the near future.
It's been quite a while since I've traveled somewhere new for the very first time. The last time was my summer 2012 Europe tour during my sophomore year of high school. Perhaps since then, I've lost touch with the feeling of magic that a new place sprinkles onto the soul. I'm happy to say that this mini trip has reignited that feeling, and I hope to follow up with a bigger trip sometime in the near future.