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Ryan and Megan's Texas Itinerary
Saturday, May 29, 2010 - Sunday, June 6, 2010

Howdy, folks! Can you believe we've gone a whole 3+ months without a significant trip? Well, we're making up for it now! This time we're taking an entire holiday week off to see Texas. From the top to the bottom - literally! We are starting out in the beautiful city of San Antonio before driving from the upper panhandle all the way down to the Mexican border. It's rare for us to take this much time off, but somehow we were able to do it. Somehow I have a feeling that work will creep into both of our lives along the line, though! Also, as has been our custom recently, this website was thrown together at the last minute, so we'll try to update it as we go. But keep an eye on our GPS and webcam, and you'll be able to figure our where we are.
~ Ryan

All times are local to the particular city. All of this trip will take place in the Central Time Zone.

Emergency Contact Information:
Phone (Ryan's Cell): 410-259-4180
Phone (Megan's Cell): 443-564-1301
E-mail: webmaster@ryanandmegan.net (will be checked as often as possible)


Mobile Road Cam   Mobile Inside Cam
Once again, we will be bringing a couple webcams along with us for the ride. There's a lot of nothing in central Texas, so it's quite possible that there will be no webcam captures (or GPS updates) for hours at a time, but whenever we can, we will try to pump new images to this page every 20 seconds - no need to open a new window or refresh!
If the picture doesn't update, then we are out of signal or not driving. Just check back later. You can start worrying when it's been over 24 hours without an update. :)



*** OUTBOUND ***
  Nonstop Flight: Saturday, May 29, 2010 -   TRACK IT!
  Southwest Airlines - Flight 2521 (Baltimore to San Antonio)
  DEPART Baltimore, MD (BWI) at 10:15 AM
  ARRIVE San Antonio, TX (SAT) at 12:45 PM [1:45 PM EDT]

*** INBOUND ***
  Nonstop Flight: Sunday, June 6, 2010 -   TRACK IT!
  Southwest Airlines - Flight 572 (San Antonio to Baltimore)
  DEPART San Antonio, TX (SAT) at 12:55 PM [1:55 PM EDT]
  ARRIVE Baltimore, MD (BWI) at 5:20 PM


Hotel: Nights 1 & 2, May 29 & 30, 2010
Sleep Inn & Suites at Six Flags
5042 Beckwith Blvd.
San Antonio, TX 78249
Phone: 210-561-6100
Room Type: 1 King Bed, No Smoking, Free High-Speed Internet, Iron and Ironing Board, 32 inch LCD/Plasma TV, Microwave and Refrigerator, Hair Dryer

Hotel: Night 3, May 31, 2010
Best Western Shamrock Inn & Suites
1802 N Main Street
Shamrock, TX 79079
Phone: 806-256-1001
Room Type: 1 King Bed, No Smoking, High Speed Internet Access, Microwave And Refrigerator, Coffee Maker, Hairdryer, Iron And Ironing Board, Continental Breakfast

Hotel: Night 4, June 1, 2010
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Midland, TX
920 W Interstate 20
Midland, TX 79701
Phone: 432-218-7980
Room Type: 1 King Bed, No Smoking, Interior Corridor, Hot Breakfast, Internet

Hotel: Night 5, June 2, 2010
Courtyard Laredo
2410 Santa Ursula Avenue
Laredo, TX 78040
Phone: 956-725-5555
Room Type: 1 King Bed, No Smoking, Sofabed

Hotel: Night 6, June 3, 2010
Best Western on the Island
14050 S Padre Island Drive
Corpus Christi, TX 78418
Phone: 361-949-2300
Room Type: 1 King Bed, No Smoking, High Speed Internet Access, Microwave And Refrigerator, Coffee Maker, Iron and Ironing Board, Hairdryer, Continental Breakfast

Hotel: Night 7, June 4, 2010
Super 8 Houston/Brookhollow/NW
5655 West 34th Street
Houston, TX 77092
Phone: 713-688-6800
Room Type: 1 King Bed, No Smoking, Free High Speed Internet, Hair Dryer, Microwave, Fridge

Hotel: Night 8, June 5, 2010
Best Western Inn & Suites
1493 N I-H 35
New Braunfels, TX 78130
Phone: 830-625-7337
Room Type: Suite-1 King Bed, No Smoking, Upstairs, Separate Living Area, Sofabed, Microwave And Refrigerator, Continental Breakfast



Car Rental: May 29 (12:30pm) - June 6 (12:00pm)
Enterprise Rent A Car
San Antonio Airport
8530 Eastern Street
San Antonio, TX 78216
Phone: 210-348-6806
Car Type: Compact (Nissan Versa, Toyota Yaris or similar)


You can check out a turn-by-turn itinerary with estimated times by clicking here.

Note: The numbers in the itinerary correspond to the map at the bottom. Italicized items are from the book 1,000 Places to See in the USA and Canada Before You Die. For context, this section was written by Megan (in a moving vehicle).

Please note that times are ESTIMATES only to give you an idea of what our original plans were. We get distracted and detoured easily, so just check the webcam and/or GPS tracker to get an idea of where we really are. ALL TIMES ARE LOCAL TO THE AREA (Add 1 hour to CDT for EDT).

Saturday, May 29
Click for San Antonio International, Texas Forecast
We arrive in Texas in the afternoon, with enough free time to check out the city.

  • 09:15am-12:45pm - Southwest Flight to San Antonio
  • 12:45pm-01:30pm - STOP [1] - Car Rental Pickup
  • 01:30pm-02:18pm - DRIVING
  • 02:18pm-03:18pm - STOP [2] - Bandera, the cowboy capital of the world!
  • 03:18pm-04:17pm - DRIVING
  • 04:17pm-04:47pm - STOP [3] - San Antonio Mission National Historical Park
  • 04:47pm-05:04pm - DRIVING
  • 05:04pm-07:04pm - STOP [4] - San Antonio Zoo; or just a drive-by if we are tired
  • 07:04pm-07:11pm - DRIVING (to Riverwalk)
  • 07:11pm-07:56pm - STOP [5] - San Antonio's Hispanic Heritage for a meal at the Mi Tierra Cafe and Bakery
  • 07:57pm-08:57pm - STOP [6] - San Fernando Cathedral
  • 08:59pm-10:59pm - STOP [7] - Broudro's
  • 10:59pm-11:15pm - DRIVING
  • 11:15pm-end of day - STOP [8] - Sleep Inn Hotel


Sunday, May 30
Click for San Antonio, Texas Forecast
Today will be full of not one, not two, not even three - but six flags!

  • 08:19am-08:30am - DRIVING
  • 08:30am-09:47am - STOP [9] - St. Luke Catholic Church; 8:30am Mass
  • 09:47am-10:00am - DRIVING
  • 10:00am-01:00pm - STOP [10] - Six Flags Fiesta, Texas
  • 01:00pm-10:00pm - STOP [10] - Bamboozle Roadshow at Six Flags (concert event)
  • 10:00pm-10:07pm - DRIVING
  • 10:07pm-end of day - STOP [11] - Sleep Inn Hotel, 2nd Night


Monday, May 31
Click for Abilene, Texas Forecast
I can already tell this is going to be one long day of driving...

  • 08:00am-09:33am - DRIVING
  • 09:33am-10:18am - STOP [12] - Pedernales Falls State Park
  • 10:18am-11:01am - DRIVING
  • 11:01am-11:46am - STOP [13] - LBJ National Historic Park
  • 11:46am-12:17pm - DRIVING
  • 12:17pm-01:02pm - STOP [14] - Fredericksburg
  • 01:02pm-06:48pm - DRIVING; yes that's almost 6 straight hours
  • 06:48pm-08:48pm - STOP [15] - Caprock Canyons State Park; plus buffer time built in
  • 08:48pm-10:23pm - DRIVING, only a couple hours more...
  • 10:23pm-end of day - STOP [16] - Best Western Shamrock Inn & Suites


Tuesday, June 1
Click for Amarillo, Texas Forecast
Kiss me, I'm Irish! And I used to be love drunk (BLG).

  • 08:00am-08:03am - DRIVING
  • 08:03am-08:18am - STOP [17] - Elmore Park; it has a piece of the blarney stone, supposedly
  • 08:18am-08:41am - DRIVING
  • 08:41am-09:26am - STOP [18] - Route 66; well part of it anyway. Maybe someday we'll actually drive the whole thing
  • 09:26am-11:09am - DRIVING
  • 11:09pm-11:39am - STOP [19] - Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument; whatever that is!
  • 11:39am-12:37pm - DRIVING
  • 12:37pm-01:22pm - STOP [20] - American Quarter Horse Heritage Center; oh boy!
  • 01:22pm-01:41pm - DRIVING
  • 01:41pm-02:26pm - STOP [21] - Cadillac Ranch; look it up, it's weird
  • 02:26pm-03:03pm - DRIVING
  • 03:03pm-04:03pm - STOP [22] - Palo Duro Canyon State Park
  • 04:03pm-05:59pm - DRIVING
  • 05:59pm-06:49pm - STOP [23] - MacKenzie State Park
  • 06:49pm-06:55pm - DRIVING
  • 06:55pm-07:55pm - STOP [24] - American Wind Power Center; if it's still open
  • 07:55pm-07:59pm - DRIVING
  • 07:59pm-08:59pm - STOP [25] - Buddy Holly Center; really doubt it's still open, unless we can get a nice early start on the day - ha!
  • 08:59pm-10:46pm - DRIVING
  • 10:46pm-end of day - STOP [26] - Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Midland, TX


Wednesday, June 2
Click for Laredo, Texas Forecast

  • 08:00am-08:05am - DRIVING
  • 08:05am-08:35am - STOP [27]- George W. Bush Childhood Home
  • 08:35am-08:54am - DRIVING
  • 08:54am-11:39am - STOP [28] - Presidential Museum
  • 11:39am-11:54am - DRIVING
  • 11:54am-12:39pm - STOP [29] - Odessa Meteor Crater
  • 12:39pm-03:15pm - DRIVING
  • 03:15pm-04:00pm - STOP [30] - Caverns of Sonora
  • 04:00pm-06:15pm - DRIVING
  • 06:15pm-07:15pm - STOP [31] - Amistad National Recreation Area
  • 07:15pm-10:55pm - DRIVING
  • 10:55pm-end of day - STOP [32] - Courtyard Laredo


Thursday, June 3
Click for South Padre Island, Texas Forecast

  • 08:00am-08:15am - DRIVING
  • 08:15am-08:30am - STOP [33] - Casa Blanca Lake
  • 08:30am-11:28am - DRIVING
  • 11:28am-11:58am - STOP [34] - Iwo Jima War Memorial
  • 11:58am-12:23pm - DRIVING
  • 12:23pm-01:08pm - STOP [35] - Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park
  • 01:08pm-01:48pm - DRIVING
  • 01:48pm-06:18pm - STOP [36] - Island Equestrian Center, for some horseback riding on the beach
  • 06:18pm-09:18pm - DRIVING
  • 09:19pm-10:19pm - STOP [37] - Texas State Aquarium, but obviously it's too late to really go!
  • 10:19pm-10:46pm - DRIVING
  • 10:46pm-end of day - STOP [38] - Best Western on the Island


Friday, June 4
Click for Galveston, Texas Forecast

  • 08:00am-09:38am - DRIVING
  • 09:38am-10:08am - STOP [39] - The Great Texas Birding Trail, specifically the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge
  • 10:08am-01:44pm - DRIVING
  • 01:44pm-04:44pm - STOP [40] - Galveston, either Moody Gardens or just the beach
  • 04:44pm-05:19pm - DRIVING
  • 05:19pm-06:04pm - STOP [41] - Kemah Boardwalk
  • 06:04pm-06:26pm - DRIVING
  • 06:26pm-06:56pm - STOP [42] - San Jacinto Battleground State Historical Park
  • 06:56pm-07:22pm - DRIVING
  • 07:22pm-09:52pm - STOP [43] - Minute Maid Field, to attend the baseball game
  • 09:52pm-10:07pm - DRIVING
  • 10:07pm-10:52pm - STOP [44] - Cafe Annie, but we just remembered that we tried to go here last time we were in Texas and it is permanently closed
  • 10:52pm-11:03pm - DRIVING
  • 11:03pm-end of day - STOP [45] - Super 8 Motel


Saturday, June 5
Click for Austin, Texas Forecast

  • 08:00am-08:15am - DRIVING
  • 08:15am-11:15am - STOP [46] - Houston's Art Museums, specifically the Menil Collection
  • 11:15am-02:09pm - DRIVING
  • 02:09pm-03:09pm - STOP [47] - Tom Hughes Park
  • 03:09pm-03:33pm - DRIVING
  • 03:33pm-04:33pm - STOP [48] - Lake Austin Spa Resort, just for a drive-by, I'm sure.
  • 04:33pm-05:08pm - DRIVING
  • 05:08pm-07:08pm - STOP [49] - The Story of Texas Museum
  • 07:08pm-07:13pm - DRIVING
  • 07:13pm-08:43pm - STOP [50] - Spamarama & The Austin Festival Subculture, which really just means we're going to try and see Mexican free-tailed bats fly out from a bridge
  • 08:43pm-08:47pm - DRIVING
  • 08:47pm-09:47pm - STOP [51] - Austin's Live Music Scene
  • 09:47pm-10:29pm - DRIVING
  • 10:29pm-11:29pm - STOP [52] - Gruene, which was cool enough to visit again (we went there on the half-cross country trip too)
  • 11:29pm-11:34pm - DRIVING
  • 11:34pm-end of day - STOP [53] - Best Western-New Braunfels


Sunday, June 6
Click for New Braunfels, Texas Forecast

  • 07:44am-08:00am - DRIVING
  • 08:00am-09:00am - STOP [54] - Church of the Good Shepherd
  • 09:00am-09:13am - DRIVING
  • 09:13am-10:13am - STOP [55] - Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch
  • 10:13am-10:15am - DRIVING
  • 10:15am-11:15am - STOP [56] - Natural Bridge Caverns
  • 11:15am-11:42am - DRIVING
  • 11:42am-12:55pm - STOP [57] - San Antonio International Airport
  • 12:55pm-05:20pm - Southwest Flight to Baltimore


Where you at?? We are never 100% on time to our destinations, so we've taken all the guesswork out of figuring out where we are by broadcasting our GPS location, courtesy of InstaMapper.com. Per their rules, you'll need to manually refresh this page to see our latest movements, but so long as we get cell phone signal, you'll be able to see where we are!




And if that's not good enough, we've still got our guesimated route highlighted below...




Just as before, these are some links where you might be able to track our flight. With all of these sites, be sure to hit refresh (F5) and click 'Retry' as applicable to view the latest information.

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